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Paul Stankard creates 'Unseen Worlds' in glass, plus art for kids this week


Glass paperweights always fascinated me when I was a child, but not because I understood the artistry and skill that goes into making one. It's the tiny worlds encapsulated in glass that let my imagination run wild. Those worlds and all their artistry are on display in a new exhibition now open at the Imagine Museum. "Unseen Worlds" showcases the work of Paul Stankard, considered a living master in the art of the paperweight. Stankard's pieces are so intricate and deftly executed that it looks like he has captured real bees and flowers and placed them in glass. It remains on display through Jan. 13. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. It's closed on Mondays. 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $15, $13 seniors/military, $10 college students and kids ages 7-18, free for kids 6 and younger and members. $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays. (727) 300-1700.


Creative Exchange, a Tampa-based collective of professional female artists, have a group exhibition on display through July 31 at the HCC Ybor Campus Art Gallery. The work in "Seeing Now" was created in response to the events of the past year, whether it be political or personal. Hear what inspired some of the artists tonight, at a panel discussion with Candace Knapp, Suzanne Williamson and Melissa Fair, whose work is pictured. 6 p.m. 2204 N 15th St., Tampa. (813) 253-7000.


Exposing kids to art is crucial, but it's important that it doesn't become boring. Here are some fun ways museums are engaging future artists and art lovers.

The Dalí Museum is having a Smiles and Surrealism Tour on Saturday. This program aimed at kids ages 5 to 13 teaches the exhibits from a different point of view. It begins at 10:15 a.m. and is included with museum admission ($24, $22 seniors, $17 students/ages 13-17, $10 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free). 1 Dalí Blvd. , St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

Families with children 5 and older can create their own masterpieces inspired by the Museum of Fine Arts' collection at Make and Take Saturday. It happens from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, and the first and third Saturday of every month, and is included with admission ($20, $15 seniors/military/students, $10 ages 7-17, 6 and younger free). 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.

Pop in to the Imagine Museum's Grand Hall on Saturday for the Pop Up Art event. Free artmaking activities happen from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Paid admission to the museum is not required. 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700.