SQUAD GOALS: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Picture it: Paris. 1929. The avant-garde Surrealists found themselves at a turning point about nine years into the movement that was changing the art world forever. More than 20 artists critical to that movement are explored at the Dalí Museum’s exhibition, “Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929,” opening Saturday. Organized in partnership with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the exhibit explores the works, friendships and clashes between artists including Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Joan Miro (whose work is pictured), and, of course, Salvador Dalí, who officially joined the group that year. Remains on view through April 5. $25, $23 seniors, military, police, firefighters and educators, $18 students and kids 13-17, $10 ages 6-12, free for 5 and younger. $12, $8 kids 6-12 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.
CONVICTIONS: ICONS IN TRANSFORMATION
Churches and the arts have had an on-again, off-again relationship for thousands of years. They must be in a good place currently, evidenced by the “Icons in Transformation” exhibit at St. Petersburg’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church, opening Sunday. The traveling exhibition features more than 100 works by contemporary Russian-Sweden artist Ludmila Pawlowska. Born in exile in Kazakhstan, she chose to be baptized into the Russian Orthodox church when she was 18, which was illegal at the time. She moved to Sweden, where she and her husband run the Scandinavian Art Center. Pawlowska became inspired to use an abstract expressionist style to interpret Russian icons she saw in the church after the sudden death of her mother. The exhibit has traveled to museums and churches around the world. Remains on display through Feb. 9. 10 a.m.-2 p.m Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 1200 Snell Isle Blvd NE. (727) 896-9641. stthomasstpete.org.
SAVE THE DATE: GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is hitting a milestone of 50 years in 2020, celebrated during the event Feb. 29 through March 1. The first day of the festival is actually Leap Day, which is fitting because it will leap across the river from Curtis Hixon Park to Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park. Finding the right festival image for the commemorative posters and T-shirts was important, so organizers put out a call for submissions. They settled on Meaghan Farrell Scalise’s Head First II, pictured. It’s layered with fauna and animals symbolic of Tampa Bay. Ovals and circles evoke the idea of rebirth. As Scalise explains, “Leave the normal, the mundane, the black and white way of thinking behind. Jump in head first into the unknown, the colorful, the daydream of it all.” gasparillaarts.com.