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Two new art shows spotlight women

Two new shows that deserve attention come our way in a few days. Both feature works by female artists, which is a cringe-worthy phrase, I agree, but relevant to one of the shows.

That would be "The Petticoat Painters 60th Anniversary Exhibition," opening at Selby Gallery at the Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The Petticoat Painters formed in 1953 when the Y chromosome was still considered necessary in making important art and women weren't given much wall space in galleries. The Sarasota group has one of the longest continuously exhibiting records for female artists in the United States. The show opens Friday with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and continues through May 30. It's an elite group with just 20 members including Diane Schmidt, whose watercolor Handmaidens is shown. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free. or (941) 359-7563.

Noelle Mason's description of the art could read a bit wonky (e.g. "the phenomenological effects of new technologies") but the art itself makes such complete sense. "Transliminal" opens Monday at the art gallery on the Ybor campus of Hillsborough Community College at Palm Avenue and 15th Street in Tampa and continues through June 12. It's a body of work in which "new technologies" that are used in tracking undocumented immigrants inspire art that acknowledges the ambiguities surrounding the issue. She hand-weaves tapestries and hand-embroiders cloth, traditionally high-level domestic crafts that are affordable only to the affluent. The images she creates on the tapestries are reproductions of satellite images of the U.S.-Mexican border. The embroidered images use infrared images such as the truck and its illegal human cargo, also shown. Medium and message here are eloquent counterpoints. Meet the artist, who is a professor at the University of South Florida, at a free reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m Tuesday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. (813) 253-7674.

Lennie Bennett can be reached at or (727) 893-8293.

"New Mexico and the Arts of Enchantment featuring the Raymond James Collection" has been a popular exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. (Don't you love this painting by Billy Schenck?) But it's time for the show to go for two reasons. The lenders, especially Tom and Mary James, who are the major ones, miss their art. And galleries need clearing for the upcoming exhibition of contemporary Chinese artists opening in June at both MFA and the Tampa Museum of Art. The last day for "New Mexico" is Sunday. The museum, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 7 and older and students with ID and $5 for all on Thursday after 5 p.m.

Image from Raymond James

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