Outdoor art shows go on hiatus in these parts for good reason. It. Is. Hot. But the Cool Art Show is celebrating its 26th year Saturday and Sunday because it beats the heat by going inside to the air-conditioned Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The show, organized by the Professional Association of Visual Artists, is smaller than the outdoor versions, with about 80 artists instead of upwards of several hundred, but the full media mix is here, with paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, photography and jewelry. It's worth pointing out that five of the exhibiting artists won awards at the Mainsail Arts Festival in April: Dave Bruner, John Kellum, John Mascoll, Ernie Simmons and Ana Varela. Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for sale. pavaartists.org.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic