Saturday, May 26, 2018
Arts

Find Valentine's Day love in two art exhibits

In one week comes a day manifested in emotions that can peak at great joy or plunge to crushing disappointment. You know: Valentine's Day. How you spend it depends on your own situation. But remember that art has always been a boon to and salve for emotions. The central point of Valentine's Day is love. Here are two art events, one that looks to the past and the other very much in the present, that consider love in creative ways.

Lennie Bennett can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8293.

Vintage Valentines on Display and Victorian Valentine Workshop

Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Several hundred examples of valentines from the Gilded Age in turn-of-the-century America, when elaborations of them reached their zenith, are on display through Feb. 28. The museum, which is on the University of Tampa campus, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, $7 seniors, $7 students and $5 children 4 to 12. plantmuseum.com or (813) 254-1891.

Make your own valentines at a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday with refreshments and all materials provided. You are encouraged to bring personal embellishments to add. $20. Space is limited so please make reservations: (813) 258-7304.

The Loop: An Art Show about Love and Love Lost

Eve-N-odd Gallery, 645 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

Jennifer Kosharek's tiny gallery in the Crislip Arcade is lined with paintings by her and other artists. But her newest work is an installation right in the middle, made of yards of paper hung from a rod attached to the ceiling and overflowing with hand-lettered text. And the text is a series of real text messages sent to the artist that can be read by pulling the paper, which is in a loop. It's autobiographical and you can get a hint of its inspiration through a video (find it on tampabay.com/things-to-do).

A free reception is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. during the monthly Downtown St. Petersburg Art Walk. On Feb. 14 (V-Day), she'll host free Fluxus performances, a poetry reading and personal narratives. (If you want to participate instead of watch, e-mail her at [email protected])

Comments
The Dia de Los Muertos exhibition at Florida CraftArt is full of life and color. As it should be.

The Dia de Los Muertos exhibition at Florida CraftArt is full of life and color. As it should be.

As soon as you pass through the paper flower archway to enter the bright pink gallery, it becomes clear that the "Dia de Los Muertos" exhibition at Florida CraftArt is full of life and color. As it should be: The Mexican holiday that honors loved one...
Published: 05/18/18
Updated: 05/21/18
St. Pete artist holding funeral for 600 block’s vanished art galleries on Sunday

St. Pete artist holding funeral for 600 block’s vanished art galleries on Sunday

Local artist Boo Ehrsam remembers seeing the photo in the news years ago. "It was this dark, empty street, and an egret flying away," she said. "The caption read, ‘Will the last one to leave St. Pete please turn out the lights.’ " That ...
Published: 05/18/18
Deal alert: The Dali Museum offers $10 admission on Friday

Deal alert: The Dali Museum offers $10 admission on Friday

DALÍ DEAL ALERT: NATIONAL MUSEUM DAYFriday is National Museum Day, not to be confused with Free Museum Day, which happens in September. Not as many local institutions participate in this day, except for the Dalí Museum, which will offer $10 admission...
Published: 05/16/18
Groundbreaking artists Larry Bell and Jesus Rafael Soto’s work on display at the Tampa Museum of Art

Groundbreaking artists Larry Bell and Jesus Rafael Soto’s work on display at the Tampa Museum of Art

A new exhibition that opened at the Tampa Museum of Art this week features two of the 20th century’s most innovative artists, Larry Bell and Jesús Rafael Soto."Vapor and Vibration: The Art of Larry Bell and Jesús Rafael Soto" will be the first time ...
Updated one month ago
A Tampa artist made portraits of all 17 Parkland shooting victims

A Tampa artist made portraits of all 17 Parkland shooting victims

TAMPA As the semester comes to a close, University of Tampa art and design students have presented their senior projects. Symone Hall, 21, had another group of students on her mind: the victims of the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Doug...
Updated one month ago