EPPLINGS AT 1212 _ Paul and Sandy Eppling are well-known for their whimsical sculptures, his in recycled metal, hers in fabric. The husband and wife exhibit together at Studio 1212, opening with a reception 4-6 p.m. Sunday and continuing through Jan. 29 during hours noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free; 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater; (727) 446-4566.
GULFPORT WALK _ Not missing a beat even on New Year's Day, the Gulfport Art Village continues its monthly open house and gallery walk from 6 to 10 tonight at galleries along Beach Boulevard (55th Street S), south of 28th Avenue. Free; (727) 321-7741.
Around the bay
Brooke Allison (Dunedin), Diane Gugliotta (Madeira Beach), Doreen Horn (St. Petersburg, Susan Lumsden (Clearwater), Beth Reynolds (St. Pete Beach) and Joseph Weinzettle (Tarpon Springs) have been granted Visual Arts awards by the Pinellas County Arts Council's Artists Resource Fund (ARF) for 1998. In addition, Debra Jo Hughes (St. Petersburg), Betsy Orbe Lester (Treasure Island) and Margaret Steward (St. Petersburg) won awards for mixed media. Amounts range from $670.92 to $1,392, and will be used for specific projects to further their work.
Opportunities for artists
Really Lush, Lee County Alliance of the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers 33919; (941) 939-2787. Feb. 2-26. Non-juried exhibition of artist handmade books curated by Tampa's David Audet, who has organized similar shows at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Arts Center in St. Petersburg and other locations. Books may be sent (call for instructions) or hand-delivered Feb. 2.
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, P.O. Box 1352, Ann Arbor, MI 48106; (734) 994-5260. July 21-24. Major art fair; juried; all media. Deadline: Feb. 5.
Multicultural Exhibition, Arts on the Park, 115 N Kentucky Ave., Lakeland 33801; (941) 680-2787. Jan. 9-29. Juried show designed to generate works that address ideas and issues increasingly significant in our diverse society; all media and styles. Receiving dates: Jan. 5 and 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
25th Annual Watercolor Show, Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, 19 E Fourth St., Panama City, FL 32401; (850) 769-4451. March 12-April 23. National juried competition limited to water-based media paintings. Deadline: Jan. 19.
Through Spring, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily _ "Empires of Mystery: The Incas, the Andes and Lost Civilizations," Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg. Sophistication, complexity and artistry of ancient civilizations come to life. Tickets, $13.95 (adults), $5.95 (students), children 5 years and under free, season passes ($28.95 adults, $12.95 students), groups (20 or more), call (727) 821-1448 or (800) 777-9882 or book through the Web site http://www.floridamuseum.org or at the box office.
Jan 17-31 _ International Miniature Art Show, Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa. Hundreds of tiny paintings, graphics and sculpture that qualify as miniatures, in a popular area show; 25 Belleview Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 796-3240 or (727) 442-6171.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1 _ Art Festival Beth-El, Temple Beth-El, St. Petersburg. Synagogue fund-raiser is a top art show. (727) 347-6136.