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Tampa Museum of Art focuses on women

Plus, find environmental performance art in Tarpon springs when artist Hope Ginsburg leads sited mediation on sea sponges. Plus, the St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival and a new art ride at the Pinellas Arts Village.
Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020. [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art]


2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. March is also Women’s History Month. So it’s the perfect time to for the Tampa Museum of Art to open “Modern Women: Modern Vision." The photography exhibition from the Bank of America Collection features more than 100 works from innovative women artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Diane Arbus, Cindy Shepard and Graciela Iturbide, whose work is pictured. It’s organized into six sections that examine the photographer’s role in creating new methods and how photography has evolved. Remains on view through May 24. $5-$10; free for college students, members and children 6 and younger. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Wednesday. 122 W Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130.


Artist and educator Hope Ginsburg creates interdisciplinary work centered around ocean ecology. Her exhibition “Sponge Exchange” at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum includes a four-channel video installation from a coral reef restoration project in St. Croix. She’s also done a decade-long study of sea sponges and how the ocean’s health impacts local economy, including Tarpon Springs, which was at one time considered the sponge capital of the world. Hear what she found during her artist talk at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (600 E Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs) at 3 p.m. Sunday. After the talk, Ginsburg will lead a performance art sit-in, Land Dive Team: Tarpon Springs, at the Sponge Exchange. It’s her 14th in her series of “sited meditations.” Trained participants in scuba gear will meditate on land, accompanied by a musical score. The goal is for viewers to join in the meditative breathing and reflect on coping with a changing environment. Both events are free. 6 p.m. Sunday. 735 Dodecanese Blvd.

Land Dive Team: Amphibious James, Hope Ginsburg with Composer Joshua Quarles, Performance still, 2018. Ginsburg will conduct her 14th performance of these "sited meditations" called land Dive, in Tarpon Springs on Feb. 23, 2020. [MAGGIE DUFFY | Courtesy of USF CAM]


Expect major visual stimulation when the St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival returns to South Straub Park this weekend. There’s art from local, regional and national artists working in painting, photography, metal, jewelry and sculpture, like James LaCasse’s Guitarist, pictured. But the picturesque setting also lets you enjoy a different kind of beauty. Plus, you can get a peek at the Pier’s progress. And don’t forget all the people- and dog-watching. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 198 Bayshore Drive NE.

James LaCasse's sculpture "Guitarist." La Casse is one of the artists exhibiting at the St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival on Feb. 22 and 23. [Courtesy of the St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival]


The artists of the Pinellas Art Village love to theme their Fourth Saturday Art Walks. It probably helps that the folks at Pompei Monster Studio change up their Art Ride frequently. The theme is Dream World, perfect for creatives. See their interpretations while enjoying live music, food and drinks. Free. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. 5663 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.