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Exotic insects are art at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

‘The Grasshopper and the Ant,’ an exhibition made with dried insects, also opens. Plus, a roundup of exhibits and wearable art on display.
Artist Jennifer Angus has created installations of exotic dried bugs for her exhibit "'The Grasshopper and the Ant' and Other Stories, as Told by Jennifer Angus" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Jennifer Angus]
Artist Jennifer Angus has created installations of exotic dried bugs for her exhibit "'The Grasshopper and the Ant' and Other Stories, as Told by Jennifer Angus" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Jennifer Angus]
Published Oct. 9

BUGGIN’ OUT: THE GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT

Exotic insects aren’t the most common objects in art, but the practice isn’t all that rare either. Considering their color variations, feathery wings, organic forms and delicate legs and antennae, they’re the very definition of natural beauty. Artist Jennifer Angus makes them the focus of her installations, arranging them into Neo-Victorian-inspired wallpaper patterns. They’re installed at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg in “'The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories, as told by Jennifer Angus,” opening Saturday. It’s the Canadian artist’s largest installation in her 20-year career, filling the 22-foot walls in the museum’s 7,000-square-foot Hough Wing. The insects mostly come from farms in Madagascar, Malaysia, Thailand and New Guinea, and Angus recycles them as often as possible. This exhibit is inspired by Aesop’s Fables and includes a Cabinet of Curiosities gallery and a whimsical, Victorian “animal dinner party." Angus will give a process talk from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Included with museum admission. $20, $15 seniors, students, military and Florida educators, $10 ages 7-17, free for 6 and younger and members, $10 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.

WEARABLE ARTISTS: GARDEN FAIRIES

Anyone who has attended the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Wearable Art event in the past few years has seen the work of the prolific Garden Fairies, artists and designers who create elaborate ensembles with headdresses and wings. They’ve just returned from showing at New York Fashion Week. Now, there’s a retrospective of their designs featuring 100 creations at the Creative Pinellas Gallery. The opening reception for the Wearable Art Exhibit will feature models, a photography wall, bar, student wearable art exhibit, gift shop and special performance by Kapok Aerial Arts Gallery. While none of the designs are for sale, the artists rent their pieces for events and custom designs can be commissioned. Free. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. On display from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 through 20, with a fashion symposium and gala Oct. 19. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. creativepinellas.org.

Elaborate designs from the Garden Fairies are part of the Wearable Art Exhibit at Largo's Creative Pinellas. [Courtesy of James Caulfield]

BUSY WEEKEND: ST. PETE ROUNDUP

This weekend is filled with art openings and art walks in St. Petersburg. Here are a few to check out:

Kick off the weekend with the opening reception of “Creep” at Mize Gallery. Artists including Bekky Beukes, Nick Kekllas and Calan Ree, whose work is pictured, get in the Halloween spirit with eerie and spooky work. Free. 6-10 p.m. Friday. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. chadmize.com.

The Morean Arts Center opens multiple exhibitions, including street artist Bask’s 20-year retrospective, a focus on Tampa-based muralist “Jujmo: ROYGBIV” and “Kodi Thompson: XYZ,” showcasing the personal alphabet he created through die cuts. Free. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. 719 Central Ave. moreanartscenter.org.

Historic Kenwood is getting public art finials featuring the work of 16 artists from the Kenwood Artists Enclave to go atop signposts. The unveiling and reception is at Woodfield Fine Art. Free. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. 2253 Central Ave. woodfieldfineart.com.

Calan Ree's creepy-cute sculpture is on display in the "Creep" exhibition at Mize Gallery in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Chad Mize]

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Blown glass jewelry by artist Harold Cooney will be available during Zen Glass' holiday show and sale in St. Petersburg on Dec. 7. [Courtesy of Zen Glass]
    Zen Glass also holds its holiday show and party this weekend.
  2. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Palm Harbor's Pottery Boys Clay Studios. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces for the Tampa Bay Tour de Clay this weekend. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    Plus, Dunedin Fine Art Center is having a pottery sale.
  3. Art by Mele's resin sculptures and home decor are available at the Florida CraftArt Holiday Boutique in St. Petersburg starting Nov. 30. [Courtesy of Florida CraftArt]
    Enjoy loads of local art as well as discounts and activities.
  4. Amber Parker sells her Loudmouth Lip Attire during the Tampa Indie Flea in 2018. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times (2018)]
    More than 250 local companies assemble for Shopapalooza in St. Pete, Indie Flea pops up at Black Crow Coffee, Oxford Exchange’s gift bazaar and a shop hop in Seminole Heights.
  5. The store at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
    Sunday is Museum Store Sunday, with discounts on everything from ornaments to local art to high-end jewelry to handbags.
  6. Garry Winogrand's "Laughing Woman with Ice Cream Cone",1968, on loan from the Kemper Museum in San Francisco. © The Estate of  Garry Winogrand. [Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco]
    “Controversial” is just one adjective applied to these black-and-white photographs at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
  7. The Holiday Open House at Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor will feature Estella Fransbergen's glittering gold clay torso with a skirt of crystals on Nov. 23. [Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries]
    Plus, a fire sale at the store inside USF CAM and a Trans Fashion Expo.
  8. Joan Miro's painting "Peinture" is on display in the "Midnight in Paris" exhibition at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of the Centre Pompidou, Paris]
    Plus, ‘Icons in Transformation’ by an acclaimed international artist and an announcement from the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.
  9. A mermaid attraction at the Shine mural festival finale is an example of what to expect at Fairgrounds, an immersive art attraction coming to The Factory St. Pete. [Courtesy of Liz Dimmitt]
    Two art compounds include hands-on ways to appreciate art, plus breweries that encourage visitors to make a day of it.
  10. "Ai Weiwei: Zodiac (2018) LEGO" will be on display at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota starting Nov. 16. [Courtesy of Jason Schmidt]
    Plus, Tampa Museum of Art presents “the Making of a Museum” and Karen Lamonte takes over the Imagine Museum.
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