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Area graduate makes national mark in art

Angela Bassett, move over. Another Boca Ciega High School graduate, Suzanne Smeaton, class of 1970, is making her mark at the national level.

Smeaton comes from New York to lecture on "The Art of the Frame" at the Museum of Fine Arts at 3 p.m. March 20.

Smeaton is gallery director for Eli Wilner and Company, which is known for the framing of fine art. The talk is in conjunction with two exhibits, "The Art of the Frame: A Survey of American Period Frames 1830-1910" and "Forgotten Marriage: The Painted Tintype and the Decorative Frame 1860-1910," at the museum March 20 through May 1.

Stanley B. Burns, photographic historian, author, curator and collector, speaks on the "Forgotten Marriage" exhibit at 3 p.m. March 27.

Both lectures are free. The Museum of Fine Arts is at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 896-2667.

Taking the Mystery out of the Orient

The Florida Gulf Coast Art Center has scheduled programs around two Asian-related exhibits opening March 18:

March 19, 11 a.m.; March 20, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Ikebana demonstrations.

March 19, 10 a.m.: "Long Life and Good Luck in China," Daphne Rosenzweig, professor of art history, University of South Florida.

April 17, 2-4 p.m.: "Japanese Art Adventure," Pamela Miles-Kenny. Registration required.

April 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: "Japanese Folkcraft Paper Dolls," Diane Mills, $45. Registration required.

April 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: "Sumi-E/Chinese Brush Painting," Anne Brewer, $55 plus $10 lab fee. Registration required.

The exhibitions are "From the Orient: Prints and Objects of Art from 19th and 20th Century Japan and China," March 18 to April 24, and an annual exhibition by Ikebana International, Chapter 65, March 18 through 20.

Programs are free except as indicated. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Florida Gulf Coast Art Center is at 222 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair. Admission is free.

Fame Game

Nancy Cervenka-McLaughlin of Gulfport won the top award at the Ninth Annual Florida National at Florida State University's Gallery and Museum for her film sculpture, Airplane Footage. . . . Robert Calvo, formerly of Clearwater and now living in Portland, Ore., has completed a public art project for the University of South Florida Library in St. Petersburg, to be installed when the building is finished. He opens a one-person show at Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, on Saturday and has been commissioned to do a work at Miami International Airport. . . . Leslie Neumann and Dan Stack of Aripeka are exhibiting in a two-person show at H. B. Starr Gallery in Palm Beach. . . . At Work, a painting by Lutz artist Steven DaVerne, was presented to Rosalynn Carter as a gift from the University of South Florida when the former first lady spoke at the Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health Conference. Lutz is a graduate of USF. The work will become part of the permanent collection at the Carter Center in Atlanta. . . . Glass artist Duncan McClellan of Tampa won best of category at Coconut Grove last month.

Class Action

Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, 222 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair; 584-8634. March 28-June 4; registration begins Monday. Painting, drawing, watercolor, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, metal arts, photography, special programs, workshops, children's classes. Cost varies; member discount.

Ringling School of Art and Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34234; 359-7577 or 351-4614 or toll-free (800) 255-7695. March 12-April 23. Community Spring Art Program of non-credit courses.

Art Conference

Art Therapy 2000, April 29-May 1, Dolphin Beach Resort, St. Petersburg Beach. To register, send $55 ($35 students) to Art Therapy Association of Florida, c/o Karen Schurgin, 722 Davis Blvd., Tampa; deadline March 21. For information, call (813) 392-2982.

Exhibits elsewhere

Orlando Museum of Art, March 19-May 15: "Paintings from Paradise: Selections from the Laguna Art Museum Collection of California Impressionism," 37 works by artists, 1870-1920, who translated French impressionism in California settings.

Competition for Artists

Crafts for the Senses, Sept. 9-Oct. 22. Florida Craftsmen, 237 Second Ave S., St. Petersburg 33701; 821-7391. Artwork that can be felt, heard, touched, smelled and experienced by children and adults, with special emphasis on the physically and mentally challenged. Proposal deadline, April 9.

Calendar countdown

Saturday, Sunday: Gasparilla Sidewalk Art Festival, Tampa; see related story, pages .

Saturday, Sunday: Las Olas Art Festival, Fort Lauderdale; (407) 525-5000.

March 18-20: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park; (407) 623-3235.

March 19, 20: All Children's Hospital Art Festival and Benefit Auction, Bay Pines Veteran's Administration Center.

March 25, 7-10 p.m.: "Night for Collectors": Florida Craftsmen's eighth annual auction benefiting the statewide organization, Barnett Tower, St. Petersburg. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres. $10 per person; $75 table of eight. To reserve, call 821-7391.

March 26, 27. March on Art, New Port Richey; (813) 842-8066.

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