Lots of galleries are featuring lots of group shows for the summer. Two are Gallery 221 on the Dale Mabry campus of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa and Dabbert Gallery in Sarasota. Each is near great shopping and eating. Gallery 221 isn't far from either the West Shore neighborhood or International Plaza. Dabbert is in the arts and theater district of historic downtown Sarasota.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic
4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa, in the Learning Resources Center of HCC's Dale Mabry campus; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; free; hccfl.edu/gallery221 or (813) 253-7386 .
Director Katherine Gibson, a longtime arts professional, has done an excellent job of bringing good art to this small gallery. This show, which continues through June 27, features the work of Betsy Orbe Lester and some of her students at the Morean Arts Center. Many of them (the group includes Betty Wallace Corty, Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr, Martine Genicot, Ashley Hawkins, Inez Kohn, Katelynn Martin, Linda Roberts and Richard Seidel) could be considered semi-professionals technically since they have been in the creation business a long time. Shown is a mixed media work from Lester's series Domestic Trappings.
76 S Palm Ave., Sarasota; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; free; dabbertgallery.com or (941) 955-1315.
Opening Friday and continuing through Sept. 30, the gallery's new show highlights 26 artists who work in painting, sculpture, pastel and prints. Some are well-known Sarasota artists and others come from other states and countries. The gallery is particularly strong in representational work. Shown here is Sun Lay Over, an oil painting by Craig Rubadoux.