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Women artists reflect on the past year and two new exhibits open at FMOPA

FEMALE PERSPECTIVES: SEEING NOW

Creative Exchanges Artist Collective is a group of local women artists working in a variety of media. They'll open a new exhibition, "Seeing Now," at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Art Gallery with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. The juried exhibition is full of work created in the last year, in response to a time of division and debate and a time when women's issues have been pushed to the forefront. Not all of the works are political in nature — some cover family relationships — but many are. Victoria Jorgenson has created a site-specific installation that gives the viewer a voice in the #MeToo movement. Kim Radatz wrapped globes in red flocking to play on words in the title Globally Flocked. With her mixed media piece, The Chosen, pictured, Debra Radke uses sheep to symbolize displaced people trying to cross over borders. The reception includes a dance performance by collective member Cynthia Hennessy. A select panel of artists will participate in a discussion at 6 p.m. July 19. "Seeing Now" remains on display through July 31. 2204 N 15th St., Tampa. (813) 253-7000. hccfl.edu/yborgallery

TWO-FER: NEW EXHIBITS AT THE FMOPA

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts never ceases to amaze with the caliber of interesting, provocative and stimulating images in the exhibitions they present. Two more open on Sunday.

View National Geographic photographer Bruce Dale's images from his travels around the world and ones focused on portraiture in "Beyond the Lens." It remains on display through Sept. 30. Dale will give a talk at the museum on Aug. 24.

For 10 years, the City of Tampa's Public Art Program has commissioned a photographer to capture the essence of Tampa. The "Tampa Photo Laureates" exhibition will contain a selection of photographs from that public collection, which includes regional, national and international photographers. It remains up through Sept. 30.

While you're there, check out the 22 winners from the International Photography Competition. It was divided into categories including portraits, landscapes, still life, abstract and conceptual. Remains up through July 23. 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. fmopa.org.

MORE ACCESS: DISCOVERY PASS

Pinellas County library holders aren't the only ones who can borrow free passes to select area museums. Hillsborough County libraries are in on it too, with the Discovery Pass. Venues include the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Find all the information at hcplc.org/services/discoverypass.

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