GO SEE: SARASOTAMOD
The Sarasota School of Architecture, also called Sarasota Modern, blossomed in the mid 20th century as one with a particular vernacular suited to the climate in Sarasota. Why in Sarasota? At that time, it had the most impressive arts community on Florida's west coast and probably the wealthiest population of snowbirds.
Many of the buildings, especially the homes, still exist. They were designed to maximize comfort in our hot, humid climate before air-conditioning became ubiquitous.
Paul Rudolph is the most famous of the group. He went on to garner international fame and was appointed chairman of Yale University's department of architecture in 1958 and designed its art and architecture building.
Sarasota Modern will be celebrated in a series of tours on Nov. 7. Some are walking tours in the Lido Shores neighborhood, which has a high concentration of the houses. There are also trolley tours. Guides are experts on the style and particular buildings. Timed tours of Rudolph's famous Umbrella House are also scheduled. Many of the tours are sold out; go to sarasotamod.com to see availability and details.
TRICKS AS TREATS: DEMOS AT DFAC
It isn't a Halloween event but you'll be treated to the tricks of painters with their brushes during performances and demonstrations from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Koki Sugita and Glenn Grishkoff feature the Japanese brush style and show you how brushes are made. $10.
With your ticket, you will also receive a discount on workshops by the artists: "The Art of Brushmaking" by Glenn Grishkoff on Saturday and Sunday and "Zen Japanese Brush Painting" with Koki Sugita and Noriko Kuehn on Wednesday. dfac.org.
ALL GLASS ALL THE TIME: DUNCAN MCCLELLAN AND FRIENDS
Glass artist Duncan McClellan's famous gallery and studio in St. Petersburg's Warehouse District is a popular gathering place for social events, demonstrations and educational activities. You can always see his amazing blown and etched vessels but he also features other glass artists, local national and international, who display techniques often different from his.
Currently on view is Hyunsung Cho, a Korean artist who is currently resident artist at Creative Glass Center of America in New Jersey. He describes his lyrical works, made with a rarely used process of hand-painting enamel images on the blown glass, as poems and memories of places he has been.
The studio, 2342 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment. Free. (813) 760-6600. dmglass.org.
SHAKE A LEG: HALLOWEEN SILENT DISCO
Who says you can't dance in an art museum? Dress in a spooky or music related costume, put on a pair of headphones and groove to your choice of music by different DJs at the Tampa Museum of Art from 8-11 p.m. Saturday. The event benefits bus transportation for students in outer areas of Hillsborough County. $35 advance, $45 at the door (general); $25 (members). 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 421-8372. tampamuseum.org.