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A few ways to enjoy local Tampa Bay art while social distancing

Museums and galleries are closed to the public, but their collections can be viewed online.
Carol Davis' "Paul Is Dead" is part of the "Conspiracy" exhibition featured online at chadmize.com. [Courtesy of Chad Mize]

ON “VIEW”: ONLINE GALLERIES

After the wave of museums decided to temporarily close because of coronavirus, local galleries have followed suit. But their collections remain on display through their websites.

Chad Mize changes exhibitions monthly and, going forward, they will debut online. Gallery hours will be by appointment only, and there are no current plans for opening receptions. The current exhibition “Conspiracy” is timely. It will remain up through the end of March, followed by “Flower Power” on April 2. chadmize.com.

Articles Art Gallery, the Leslie Curran Gallery and Collectors Exchange, all owned by Curran, will close to the public for the next two weeks and will also be by appointment only. They represent many local and national artists, including Hawaii-based Camille Izumi, whose work, pictured, can be viewed and purchased at articlesstpete.com.

The Morean Arts Center’s website includes a virtual tour of the Fresh Squeezed exhibition and a video called Prompt, in which random words are chosen from the dictionary to inspire art projects. moreanartscenter.org.

Scroll for hours through the glass artists on the Duncan McClellan Gallery website featuring live online assistance. Sign up to receive emails for even more eye candy. dmglass.com.

The Dunedin Fine Art Center has created a Facebook group called “Paint By Number: Daily Paintings” to encourage people to post their work.

STAY ENGAGED: MUSEUMS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

When many of the museums announced their difficult decisions to temporarily close, they promised to share art through social media. And they’ve done so by sharing posts daily. Many of them also have YouTube channels rich with content. Here’s a list with their social media handles.

The Dalí Museum: @thedalimuseum

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art: @jamesmuseum

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg: @mfastpete

The Ringling Museum of Art: @theringling

Tampa Museum of Art: @tampamuseumofart

NOW FOLLOWING: LOCAL ARTISTS

While away your self-isolation hours by following three local artists who actively post their work on social media.

Cam Parker: The Tampa-based artist paints on everything from walls to jackets. He specializes in celebrity portraits, which he usually presents to celebrities at their shows. @painkillercam.

Selina Roman: The Tampa photographer sets up surreal scenes in old Florida beach motels, the nostalgia of which is hitting home more than ever. @selinaroman. selinaroman.com.

iBoms: St. Petersburg artist Jabari Reed explains the layered meanings behind his paintings and documents his process. @thisisiboms.

iBoms explains the meanings of all of his paintings on social media. [Courtesy of Jabari Reed]

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