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Best bets

Art critic Mary Ann Marger's recommendations for this weekend. Please refer to the Art Calendar for details.

The Gilded Age _ Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum opens at Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. Top 10 2000.

Transatlantic Art: Contemporary Art In and Out of Africa _ Exploration of art by artists of African origin, at Tampa Museum of Art. Top 10 2000.

Beck Collection _ American art in a Florida collection, at Museum of Fine Arts.

Dalis at the Dali _ Double-take on the permanent collection plus Paco Simon's illuminated sculpture in the harbor.

Sarasota Season of Sculpture _ Sculpture exhibit on downtown bayfront. Make a day of it with Ringling's "Gilded Age."

New Year's Eve

These events feature art galleries among their attractions.

+ Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight _ First Night St. Petersburg; advance tickets, (727) 823-8906.

+ Sunday, 7 p.m. to midnight _ First Night Dunedin; advance tickets, (727) 733-3197.

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