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Go Fourth and multiply

The Fourth is a first. Tampa's first Fourth Friday, a monthly gallery hop, takes place this evening as participating showplaces extend their hours to 9 p.m.

Bay area gallery open houses are hopping _ and multiplying.

The original idea was that if one gallery reception could bring out a small crowd, group gallery receptions could prompt a big crowd. As a result, gallery hops have speckled the art calendar with increasing regularity.

The new idea is that, if group receptions could bring in a big crowd, many group receptions could bring in many big crowds. Instead of two or three times a year, hops can take place once a month.

Art lovers now can enjoy monthly gallery hops in Sarasota, Gulfport, St. Petersburg and as of tonight, Tampa. Many galleries will offer refreshments. It's all free.

With 15 stops, Tampa's Fourth Friday is the largest monthly hop. It is also the most spread out. You'll need a car.

The stops:

1 Alexanders, a Fine Art Showcase, 3225 S MacDill Ave.: Fine art, jewelry and a 1940s movie theater for viewing artists' available work. Featuring Glen Zweygardt.

2 Artists Unlimited, 223 N 12th St.: Non-profit art center including studio and classroom space. On view now is a members' juried show.

3 Artsiphartsi, 2820 S MacDill Ave.: A fun place for fine craft including jewelry, home accessories and clothing by artists throughout the United States.

4 Clayton Galleries, 4105 S MacDill Ave.: Top Tampa showplace currently featuring group show of gallery artists.

5 Galerie Nouvel Esprit, 3309 W Kennedy Blvd.: Modern and contemporary artwork featuring sculptural horses by Bud Oleson and a special exhibit of African art.

6 Global Gallery, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., No. 236: Located in the Shops on Harbour Island. Contemporary artists.

7 Grand Central Gallery, 442 Grand Central Ave.: Zippy, spacious gallery specializing in studio art glass. Tonight: opening reception for Therman Statom.

8 Hoffman Porges Gallery, 1907 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City: Handsomely renovated historic warehouse exhibiting antique and contemporary graphics.

9 Live Art Place, 204 S. Howard Ave. On exhibit: Rainbow Vision, a juried competition.

10 Nuance Galleries, 720 S Dale Mabry Highway: Contemporary art featuring Florida landscapes by Roy Nichols of Sarasota and watercolors by Lee Mainella of Tallahassee.

11 Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 Swann Ave.: Non-profit art center promoting traditional fine art. Current show: Don Dulin watercolor competition.

12 Schmidt-Angell Galleries, 4243 El Prado Blvd.: Limited editions, hand-colored etchings, graphics, framing.

13 Studio on Seventh, 1905 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City: Working studio of artists Bill Scott (wildlife) and Ellen Reiley Marshall (cows).

14 Syd Entel Galleries, 3641 W Kennedy Blvd.: Limited editions, sculpture, glass and art-to-wear in attractive contemporary showplace. Featuring works by Chagall, Dali, Dine, Miro, others.

15 Tampa Arts Forum, Tampa International Airport, third floor center. Featuring folk artist Herbert Hofer.

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