INSPIRED: PARC ARTISTS AT LEEPA-RATTNER
People with developmental and intellectual disabilities were for centuries marginalized and ignored and we all should be grateful that programs exist today that emphasize what an individual can do rather than cannot do. Among the most impressive and inspiring I have seen are those involving art. As do many other agencies, PARC has a studio art program that is recreational and therapeutic but a new program, Inspired Artist Studios, provides more focused skill sets and opportunities to market their work.
“Florida Inspired" at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art showcases the best artists participating in the program and, unlike most museum shows, the paintings will be for sale; prices range from $400 to $900. The museum is at 600 Klosterman Road on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The museum will close at 5 p.m. March 3.) Admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors and free for students with ID. Admission is by donation Thursday 5 to 8 p.m. (727) 712-5762.
WELL-TAUGHT, SELF-TAUGHT: VERNACULAR ART SHOW
Also at Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, "Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center" features 37 works by well-known self-taught artists, also known as folk artists. They are protean examples of having almost nothing and making something very good of it. Artists include Thornton Dial Sr., Mose Tolliver, Ruby C. Williams, Mary Proctor and Purvis Young, all stars of the folk art world.
WELCOME RETURN: FAMILY DAY AT TMA
You now have absolutely no excuse not to see the Jaume Plensa exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Saturday is Family Day, which means admission is pay what you will or can afford. It's a gift from the museum and TECO. Plensa's sculptures of faces and bodies made of symbols, numbers, letters and various materials will appeal to children as well as adults, and the museum will offer docent tours, hands-on activities and entertainment. Oh, and free samples from the museum's Sono Cafe, operated by the very fine restaurant Mise en Place. If the weather's good, you and yours can also enjoy the beauty of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park next door.
For my review of the exhibit, go to tbtim.es/w24.
The museum is at 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. Saturday's hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.
HERB SNITZER: GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY, NEW LOCATION
Herb Snitzer is one of our region's quiet treasures. The award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in national publications and in prestigious museum collections has been a St. Petersburg resident for 24 years, lending his time and talent to local organizations.
Even if you don't known his name, you know his work. He has shot some of the most famous portraits of 20th-century jazz greats, for example, including this haunting one of Miles Davis. He has, over decades, created many portfolios ranging from classical nudes to street photography.
Snitzer is now being represented by Leslie Curran and ARTicles Gallery, 1445 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Curran represents many artists, so the walls are stacked salon style with their work, meaning you have to ask to see work by an individual one in depth. But look for a curated show within the year at her "white box" gallery a few doors down the street.
[email protected]: TURNS OUT, THERE WAS A BOAT SHOW
In last week's planner, to emphasize the varied programming at [email protected], I wrote, "One of the few things the multitasking [email protected] hasn't done is a boat show, though I'm sure if given the challenge, the creative folks there would figure it out."
Several fellow fans, super-artist Robert Stackhouse included, pointed out that "The Water is Wide: The Art of Boat-Building" ran from mid November to mid December in 2007. Studio co-founder Dave Ellis organized it and it featured a host of special events, demonstrations, exhibitions and lots of fun, including a boat built in front of the building.
When I wrote those lines, I meant a boat show like those on the waterfront featuring big boats for sale, but I stand corrected. And gratified: thanks for reading what I write and calling me to task (in a very nice way, in this case) when I get it wrong.
That said, there is much going on now at the Studio, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Go to studio620.org and check it all out.