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Arts programs reap rewards

A WEEKLY NOTEBOOK

Visual arts groups that benefited from the Pinellas County Arts Council's recent cultural development minigrants and project grants are:

Suntan Art Center, $1,215, salary support for gallery administrator;

Dunedin Fine Art Center, $10,000, "Kids Art Space," new program;

Florida Craftsmen, $8,000, Russia-USA exhibit;

The Arts Center, $7,500, after-school program.

In all, 21 cultural groups were awarded grants totaling $100,000. The grants program, in its inaugural year, receives funding support from the Pinellas County Commission. Applications were reviewed by a panel of professional arts administrators and artists from the bay area and other areas of the state, and were based on artistic excellence, public impact and education and program management.

Around the bay: Mark Ormond was recently appointed deputy director of collections and programs at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. He had been serving as interim curator of 20th century art since returning to the museum from the Center for Contemporary Art in Miami earlier this year. In his new position, he will direct a staff of 11 and will develop a curatorial, education and collecting philosophy, resulting in a policy recommendation to the board.

Around the state: "My People: The Portraits of Robert Henri," 60 paintings by the American realist and leader of the Ash Can School at the Orlando Museum of Art, Saturday through Jan. 8. Call (407) 896-4231 for information.

Fame game: Ruskin artist Bill Scott's painting, Secret Place, received the Nita Engle Award at the Florida Watercolor Society's annual exhibit at the DeLand Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through December.

Calendar countdown

Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gulfport Starving Artists Sidewalk Art Show and Sale. Free.

Oct. 28, Night for Art Fiends. Silent auction benefit for Florida Craftsmen at Florida Craftsmen Gallery. 821-7391.

Oct. 28, Fourth Friday, Tampa. Galleries stay open until 9 p.m. Free. 247-1777 (Studio on Seventh).

Nov. 5-6 Art Harvest, Highlander Park, Dunedin. One of the bay area's top outdoor shows. 442-0223.

Dec. 2-4, 1994, American Craft Council (ACC) Craft Fair Tampa Bay, Tampa Convention Center.

Jan. 11-June 11, "Treasures of the Czars," Florida International Museum (former Maas Brothers building), St. Petersburg. For tickets charged to Visa or Mastercard, call (800) 777-9882.

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