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Art show shadings are easy on the eye

BLACK AND WHITE AND HEAD ON OVER _ No, you haven't gone color-blind. The 10th annual Black, White and Shades of Grey show at Artists Unlimited is meant to look that way. It opens tonight, 7 to 10 p.m., with a party (dress to the theme), and runs through March 30 during hours 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free; 223 N 12th St., Tampa; (813) 229-5958.

ROCKY BRIDGES _ It's totally valid to give the abstract work of Rocky Bridges your own interpretation. The artist, one of the most acclaimed in the bay area, opens a one-person show 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at Merrick Gallery. Bridges, who lives in Tarpon Springs and teaches in Lakeland's school for the arts, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Cooper Union in New York and with noted abstractionist Cy Twombly. The show continues through March 5 during hours 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Merrick Gallery is at 330 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2787

PAVA CROSSES TIME, SPACE, TEMP _ If the Cool Art Show works in hottest weather, would a hot art show work when it's chilly outside? That's the concept behind the Professional Association of Visual Artists' show this weekend at the University of South Florida's Tampa Campus Special Events Center, noon to 5 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On view are works by three dozen members, including Denis Gaston, Bill Renc, Joann Caldwell, Stephen Littlefield and Melissa Miller Nece. Free; food and beverages for sale on site. The campus is at 4202 E Fowler Ave.; stop at information booth off Fowler Avenue for map and parking pass. (813) 974-5464

ZIMBABWE _ "Beauty in Stone" returns to the Sarasota Visual Art Center to benefit the bay area's NPR station, WUSF-FM 89.7. The contemporary stone sculptures by Zimbabwe artisans are on view today through Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. A $2 donation is requested for the art center; 707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; (800) 741-9090.

Correction

The High Museum of Art exhibit of Impressionism was mistakenly announced last week in this space. The Atlanta show has already taken place.

Competition for artists

Spring Fling, Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach 33785; phone (727) 596-4331; April 1. Outdoor show. Deadline: March 11.

Ongoing and coming up

Tonight, 6-10 p.m. _ Gulfport Gallery Walk. Galleries south of 28th Avenue on Beach Boulevard hold monthly open house. Free. (727) 321-0830.

Through May 29 _ "John F. Kennedy: The Exhibition," Florida International Museum, St. Petersburg. Major collection from life of John F. Kennedy. Advance tickets ($13.95 adults): Ticketmaster, (727) 898-2100 or (813) 287-8844; Web site http:// www.floridamuseum.org; museum box office, 100 Second St. N.

Saturday, Sunday _ Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mount Dora. Emphasis on fine art, not festival, with about 285 artists expected. (352) 383-0880.

March 4-5 _ Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa. With 300 artists, the bay area's biggest. Web site http:// www.gasparilla-arts.com; (813) 876-1747.

E-mail: margersptimes.com

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