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Dali and friends: the Catalan masters

DALI PLUS 16 _ With 76 works by 17 artists including Picasso, Miro and Dali, the Salvador Dali Museum opens a blockbuster, "From Gaudi to Tapies: Catalan Masters of the 20th Century," Saturday. The show runs through Sept. 22 during museum hours, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is adults, $8; seniors, $7; students, $4; children under 10, free. The museum is at 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; 823-3767.

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S STROLL _ Art galleries, boutiques and assorted shops along Palm Harbor in downtown Sarasota hold open house tonight starting at 7. Free. For information, call Joan Hodgell Gallery, 46 S Palm Ave., (941) 366-1146.

More on portraiture

The Tampa Museum of Art's American portrait show is complemented in a big way by "Picasso and Portraiture" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, through Sept. 17. Paterson Sims, deputy director for education and research support at MOMA, makes this defining statement:

"Picasso's art manifests the large shift in the perception of human consciousness that arose with the introduction of psychology. He responded to his subjects based on his feeling toward them and within the framework of his sexuality. Portraying subjects who were close to him, he liberated portraiture from the vanity and egoism associated with commissions."

Dali needs docents

The Salvador Dali Museum is again offering its four-month docent training program, Sept. 4 through Jan. 15. Deadline for application is Aug. 1.

Docents serve as volunteers who guide the more than 200,000 tourists and 50,000 area residents who visit the museum annually.

Classes will be held Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30. The course fee of $65 covers all materials. Requirements are an interest but not necessarily a background in art, a one-year commitment to conduct tours at the museum after graduation, attendance at all training sessions and membership in the museum ($30 for individuals). To apply, call the museum at 823-3767, ext. 3029.

The Salvador Dali Museum is at 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg.

Fame game

St. Petersburg artist Janice Garrin won in competition for inclusion in the Summer 1996 issue of The Photo Review. More than 3,000 photographs were entered; fewer than 3 percent were chosen. . . . St. Petersburg fiber artist Laura Bryant has added yet another honor. She is featured in the fall issue of Cast On, published by the Knitting Guild of America, and will teach at the guild's Southern Conference, Nov. 7-10 at the Belleview Mido, Clearwater.

Competitions for artists

The Tampa AIDS Network again seeks donations from artists for its annual Art for Life auction, to be held Sept. 28 at the Tampa Convention Center. Artists are asked to send a commitment form by Aug. 15. Call 979-1919.

State Touring Program: The State of Florida seeks not-for-profit performing arts companies, individual artists and visual arts organizations for an outreach program encouraging new artists and serving rural and under-served areas of the state. For an application, write Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State, the Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250, or call (904) 487-2980. Deadline: Aug. 19.

What's ahead

See Art Calendar for this week's lectures and gallery talks.

Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m. _ Gulfport Gallery Walk. Galleries south of 28th Avenue on Beach Boulevard hold monthly open house. Free. 321-3528.

Aug. 9, 5-10 p.m. _ Summer Gallery Hop, St. Petersburg. Open house of 14 galleries sponsored by Downtown Arts Associations. Trolley available. Free. 823-9527.

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