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State to honor artists, patrons

Eleanor and A. Reynolds Morse, founders of the Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, will receive one of four Florida Arts Recognition Awards for 1992 in a ceremony at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday.

The date is also the induction of singer-pianist Ray Charles and sculptor Duane Hanson into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Charles, the first performing artist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, was raised in Greenville. Hanson, of Davie, is internationally known for his sculptures of people in "superrealism." They join eight other well-known inductees who have made significant contributions to the arts in Florida.

Other recipients of Arts Recognition Awards for 1992 are Alamo Rent A Car, David A. and Mary Ann Cofrin of Gainesville, and Tri County Transit of Orlando. The awards acknowledge leaders in the advancement of the arts.

Charles and Hanson will be honored at an 8:30 a.m. ceremony; the Arts Recognition ceremony takes place at 5:30 p.m.

The program is sponsored by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. Secretary of State Jim Smith will present the awards.

Pinellas honors its artists

Closer to home, Pinellas County is preparing to honor its own.

The Pinellas Arts Council requests nominations from the public for the 12th annual Friends of the Arts awards.

From the nominees, an independent panel will select one award winner in each category _ artist, arts educator, individual patron and business patron _ on the basis of the contribution of significant services, time or money to aid the arts in Pinellas County. Each winner is presented with a glass sculpture by St. Petersburg artist Lenn Neff.

Recipients will be announced May 15 in a ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. The ceremony and reception following are in conjunction with Art Express, a city-wide gallery open house, and Artworks!, a festival of all the arts.

To obtain a nomination form, call the Pinellas County Arts Council at Clearwater, 462-3327, or stop by their offices at 400 Pierce Blvd. Deadline for nominations is March 13.

Past winners, listed on the nomination form, are not eligible to win a second time.

A gallery of "Stars'

The stars are shining at Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art. "Stars in Florida," an exhibit of 65 works by 21 internationally known artists who spend significant time in the state, has more going for it than local pride; it's a good survey of major American artistic styles of recent decades.

The works include op art by Richard Anuszkiewicz (Sarasota), metal sculpture by John Chamberlain (Sarasota), painting by Sandro Chia (Fort Lauderdale), sculpture by Duane Hanson (Davie), portrait photography by Yousuf Karsh (mid-Atlantic Coast), painting by Jules Olitski (Islamorada), video by Nam June Paik (Miami), pop art by Robert Rauschenberg (Captiva Island) and James Rosenquist (Aripeka), ceramics by Harvey Sadow, Jr. (Jupiter Farms), sculpture by Joel Shapiro (Islamorada), painting by Syd Solomon (Sarasota) and surrealist photography by Jerry Uelsmann (Gainesville).

Though the show is on the lower east coast, several of the artists have made homes in Florida as a result of their association with Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The show runs through March 22. The museum, at One East Las Olas Blvd., is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Museum admission is $3.25 with discounts for seniors and students; there are no special fees or reservations for the show.

For information, call the museum at (305) 525-5500.

Competitions

Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowships in Painting and Works on Paper: 20 fellowships of $5,000 each to residents of Florida and eight other southern states. Not open to students, art hobbyists, non-U.S. citizens, recent winners. Deadline: March 2. For application form: Southern Arts Federation, 1293 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; (404) 874-7244.

Festival of States competition, Beaux Arts Gallery, 7711 60th Street, Pinellas Park, March 20-April 17. Music, poetry, art. Deadline: March 15 for one or two entries of paintings or poetry. No entry fee. Phone 544-7087.

Classes

Suntan Art Center, 3300 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Petersburg Beach; 367-3818. Classes run on a continuous basis. Painting, drawing, photography, fabric painting, ceramics, portraiture. $40-55; member discount.

Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin; 738-1892. Jan. 6 for six weeks. Pastels, drawing, oil, acrylic, watercolor, collage, photography, pottery, sculpture; children's classes. $53 (members $43) plus materials.

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