BEFORE THEY FLY AWAY: OISEAUX SISTERS
The Oiseaux Sisters are as peripatetic as the name under which they collaborate. "Oiseaux" means "birds" in French and Carolyn Fellman and Susan Andrews are on the move a lot. Officially they divide their time between their winter studio in Gulfport and their summer one in upstate New York, a lifestyle that I would envy if they weren't so charming and their work so interesting.
A show of their work is ending its run on Tuesday so I urge you to visit Hillsborough Community College's Ybor campus in the next few days to see it.
"Traveler's Tales: The Mind's Eye, the Hand's Work , the Heart's Desire" delivers art that has a dream-like quality using images having immediate recognition — Emily Dickinson, for example —in a context not so easily identified. The mixed media style often reads as whimsical but there are a lot of ideas to be plumbed.
The show is at the Ybor Campus Art Gallery, Palm Avenue and 15th Street, Tampa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday, and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. (813) 253-7674. hccfl/yborgallery.
[email protected]: BRAVO TO BRAVA
Seven women artists are featured at the [email protected], a collective that goes by the name BRAVA. They usually work independently in a range of media that includes painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, video and installations, then come together for group shows such as this one. The group was formed in 1995 and some of the original members have moved. Thursday it consists of Carolina Cleere, Phyllis McEwen, Chalet Comellas, Joanna Karpay, Lyla Haggard and Candace Knapp.
The [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, doesn't have set gallery hours but the staff is usually there during the week to accommodate you; call ahead for an appointment: (727) 895-6620. That may seem cumbersome but bear in mind that the studio is primarily a performing arts space that has made a commitment to exhibit visual art as well. Gallery visits are free; performing arts events usually have admission fees. [email protected].
THEY'RE HERE: CHIHULY 2016 STUDIO EDITIONS
The Chihuly Collection is loved for its large jewel-like installations by internationally famous glass artist Dale Chihuly. Thankfully, they're available for us to see and enjoy for a modest admission price since few of us could afford the five- and six-digit cost to own one (not to mention the need for very large domestic spaces to house them).
Next door to the gallery is the gift shop with Chihuly merchandise items beginning at $14.95 — note paper, totes, apparel, books, you get it — that are fun as gifts or memories of your visit. It also has non-Chihuly items for gift-giving.
And the shop also offers Chihuly Studio Editions, limited edition prints and glass vessels proportioned in price and scale for individual ownership. Every year, the Chihuly workshop releases four new editions and those for 2016 are now on display and for sale. They are far less expensive than one-of-a-kind works but they're frankly not in the same price range as the note cards. They range from $5,100 and $8,100. Chihuly himself no noger blows glass but he supervises the design and creation of the works and signs them. The good news is you can visit the shop and see them for free if you can't swing a purchase.
BREAK TIME: PUZZLES AT ARTDAILY.ORG
The website is one of my go-to places for national and international news, but it has some diversions just for fun: A photo of the day, a historical feature titled "On This Day" and, my favorite, puzzles. At the bottom of the site are paintings from major museums that you convert to puzzles, choosing the number of pieces from 12 to 110 (no thanks).