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.
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.
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.
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.