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Paintings, photos in "Paradox Vision' show

PARADOX VISION Paintings by Vincent Baldassono, Raymond Olivero and Nicolas Leiva, and photographs by Allan Maxwell make up the show "Paradox Vision," opening with an artist's talk by Olivero at 5:30 p.m. today followed by a reception until 7:30 at the St. Petersburg Center for the Arts. It continues through April 21 during gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free. The center is at 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; phone 822-7872.

ARTRAGEOUS FAMILY DAY _ The Museum of Fine Arts holds its annual family day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday with a full schedule of activities. Included are the 16th annual Congressional Arts Competition for District 13 (announcement of winners at 10:30 a.m.), mask making workshop (1-4 p.m.) and tours by junior docents from Sixteenth Street Middle School (1:30-2:30 p.m.). Free. The museum is at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; 896-2667.

DAVISON AND MARTINEZ _ Clayton Galleries' last show of the year features the figurative paintings of Lynn Davison, Naples, and Victoria Martinez, Fort Myers. It opens with a reception 7-9 tonight and continues through April 21 during gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Clayton will show gallery artists throughout the summer. Free. Clayton Galleries is at 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa; 831-3753.

FLORIDA NATURAL _ Johanna Drummond's sculpture, Ernest Simmons' watercolors and Charles Rowes' paintings all reveal aspects of the Florida wilderness. Their works are on view 1-6 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Plainsmen Gallery, 542 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Free. Phone 738-0213.

SELBY GARDENS _ When Captain Cook sailed around the world in 1768, botanist Joseph Banks led a team who visually recorded plant life along the way. The resulting engravings are on view at Selby Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, today through May 2. Cost is $7 ($3 children 6-12), and includes the gardens. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. (941) 366-5731.

Around the Nation

1997 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, through June 1. The show, which opened Thursday, is the nation's best-known attempt at assessing American art today. (212) 570-3600.

From Acconci to Wujcik: Selections from the Dr. Jan and Ann McKeel Ross Collection, Albany Museum of Art, Georgia, through May 18. Hank Hine, director of Graphicstudio at the University of South Florida, gives a gallery talk at Saturday's opening of works from prominent Tampa collection. (912) 439-8400.

Rodin and Michelangelo: A Study in Artistic Inspiration, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pa.; Thursday through June 22. Exploration of two titans of European sculpture. (215) 763-8100.

Class action

Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, 222 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Belleair; 584-8634. Spring session, March 24-May 14. Drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, mixed media, metalsmithing, photography, book arts; master artist workshops; children's classes. Cost varies; member discount.

Fame game

Janice Garrin, Largo photographer, is the only bay area artist in "Contemporary Southeastern Photography," a juried show of 10 photographers at Crealde School of Art, Winter Park. She recently exhibited at Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, N.J. (one of 43 selected from 215 artists). . . .Josette Urso, mixed media artist of Tampa and New York, is exhibiting in a one-person show at Centro Costarricense-Norteamericano, San Jose, Costa Rica, through April 22.

What's ahead

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

+ Through March 31 _ "Alexander the Great," Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg. Tickets, 821-1448 or (800) 777-9882.

+ Today through Sunday , 9 a.m.-6 p.m. _ Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park; (407) 672-6390.

+ April 5, 4-9 p.m. _ Art Feast Gallery Walk, Main Street, downtown Dunedin. 738-0213.

+ April 5, 6 _ March on Art, New Port Richey; (813) 842-8066.

+ April 12, 13 _ Tarpon Springs Arts and Crafts Festival, Tarpon Springs; 937-6109.

+ April 19, 20 _ Mainsail Arts Festival, St. Petersburg; 893-7734 or 892-5197.

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