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Reception honors "Reunion of Spirit' artists

MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART _ "A Reunion of Spirit," 14 artists from throughout the state, opens at the Museum of African American Art with a reception, 6-8 p.m. today, that honors the exhibiting artists. Also on view are selections from the museum's Barnett-Aden collection, expected to return permanently to Washington, D.C. The show runs through Jan. 6. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $4 adults, $2 children and seniors. Today's reception is free and open to the public. The museum is at 1305 N Florida Ave., Tampa; 272-2466.

PENLAND CRAFTS _ Art by faculty at the renowned Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina) exhibit in an annual show at Clayton Galleries, opening with a reception 7-9 tonight and continuing through Jan. 3. Hours after the opening are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Clayton Galleries is at 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa; 831-3753.

SPANISH CIVIL WAR AND BEYOND _ "Shouts from the Wall," posters and lithographs from Spain's Civil War 60 years ago, and "Read & Made," paintings and photographs by contemporary Spanish artist Rogelio Lopez Cuenca, open at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum Monday and run through Dec. 20. A symposium, free and open to the public, takes place Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, at the museum; space is limited. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. The museum is at West Holly Drive, University of South Florida, Tampa; stop at information booth off Fowler Ave. for parking permit. Phone 974-2849.

GULFPORT GALLERY WALK _ Writer and artist River Huston makes an appearance at Positive Expressions (2825 Beach Blvd.) during tonight's monthly gallery walk, 6-9:30 p.m. Huston is in town for the Times Festival of Reading at Eckerd College Sunday. New to the scene is the Paint Spot Studio and Gallery (2826 Beach Blvd.) featuring works by Lorelle Bacon and Marva Simpson. All galleries, studios and shops are along Beach Blvd. S (55th St.), between 28th Avenue South and the bay. Call 321-7741.

Art Harvest winners

Winners of $1,700 awards of distinction, chosen by Allan Peterson, chair, visual arts department and director, visual arts gallery at Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, and Neil Watson, curator of exhibitions and contemporary art at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, are: Ummarid (Tony) Eitharong, Orlando, graphics; Don Reagan, Lake Mary, wood; Robert Detamore, Barnesville, Ga., graphics; Rocky Bridges, Tarpon Springs, mixed media; and Catherine Bergmann, Dunedin, sculpture.

Around the world

Visions of Paris: Robert Delauney's Series, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, today-Nov. 7-Jan. 4. As if the astonishing new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, which opened in October, weren't enough, another space, jointly established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank, is inaugurated in Berlin. The Delauney show comes to Guggenheim-New York Jan. 16-April 20. (212) 423-3840.

Around the nation

Picasso: Masterpieces from the Museum of Modern Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Saturday through Feb. 15. More than 100 objects from MoMA's extensive and comprehensive collection of the outstanding artist of the century. (404) 733-4400.

Fame game

St. Petersburg artist Jean Grastorf won the National Watercolor Society's top award at the NWS 77th Annual Juried Exhibition, in the Los Angeles area. On view are 105 works selected from 1,297 entries. . . .Seminole artist Joyce Scalzo is exhibiting in a two-person show at Phillips Gallery, Barrier Island Group for the Arts, Sanibel, Saturday through Nov. 25.

Opportunity for artists

National Works on Paper Competition, McNeese State University, Dept. of Visual Arts, Box 92295, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (318) 475-5060; March 12-April 13. Deadline: Feb. 2.

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What's ahead

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

+ Nov. 14-16 _ Festival of the Masters, Walt Disney World Village, Lake Buena Vista. All exhibitors have won prizes in other shows. (407) 934-6743.

+ Nov. 15-May 15 _ "Titanic: The Exhibition," Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg. For tickets, $13.95 (adults), $12.95 (seniors 65+), $5.95 (students), call (813) 821-1448 or (800) 777-9882.

+ Nov. 17-Dec. 7 _ An Exhibition of the Dresses of the Princess of Wales, Tampa Museum of Art. Tickets: $11.50 on a timed, hourly basis through Tampa Performing Art Center box office, 229-STAR or (800) 955-1045; members may purchase tickets at museum door.

+ Dec. 5-7 _ American Craft Council Craft Fair Tampa Bay, Tampa Convention Center. 281-0088 or 1-800-836-3470.

+ Dec. 6, 7 _ Palm Harbor Arts, Crafts and Music Festival, downtown Palm Harbor. 784-4287.

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