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Get your art fix from Tampa Bay galleries with these new offerings

A variety of virtual and in-person experiences await throughout the bay area, this weekend and beyond.

‘Homecoming’

Artists Macy Eats Paint and Emiliano Settecasi present an immersive experience at Mize Gallery, opening with a VIP weekend today. The gallery has been transformed into a school dance, with neon artworks, a disco ball and a deep dive into nostalgia. Stepping into “Homecoming” feels like leaving the rest of the world behind, a much-needed feeling these days. Saturday’s VIP experience is sold out, but a few are open for Sunday. The tickets are $100 and allow up to five people to experience the installation for 30 minutes at a time. The installation remains on display through Sept. 26 on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. $5 suggested donation. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. (727) 251-8529. chadmize.com.

Related: Fall Arts Preview: Tampa Bay's visual art scene proves to be resilient

Art Walk or Not

While an “official” St. Petersburg Second Saturday Art Walk isn’t being presented today, many galleries and studios that are on the map are having open hours. Many are still only doing virtual tours, and the open ones have their own guidelines. For instance, the “Celebrating Herb Snitzer: A Photographic Legacy” exhibition (on display through fall) at the Studio@620 (620 First Ave. S) runs from 2 to 8 p.m., but guests must reserve their time slot on signupgenius.com. In the Warehouse Arts District, Soft Water Studios and MGA Sculpture Studio — both located at 515 22nd St. S — are open from 6 to 8 p.m. with masks and social distancing required. There’s a lot to take in at the Morean Arts Center (719 Central Ave.), including the “Woman’s Caucus for Art in Florida;” “20 x 20: Members Show;” “Barry Goodman: Are We There Yet” and “Quinton Merada: Sunshine City.” The center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon- 5 p.m. Sunday.

Check the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s website for a list of galleries and to also check out Curate St. Pete’s new video tours of galleries.

Charles Dean's "Driftless Deville" won the John Eckerts Memorial Award for Clay in the Morean Arts Center's "20 x 20: Members Show."
Charles Dean's "Driftless Deville" won the John Eckerts Memorial Award for Clay in the Morean Arts Center's "20 x 20: Members Show." [ Courtesy of the Morean Arts Center ]

Florida CraftArt

COVID-19 threw a curveball at the St. Petersburg fine craft gallery’s planned exhibition, “Artists as Activists,” which had to be postponed until May. But because artists had created works directly influenced by current events, the gallery decided to offer three bite-sized exhibits at once as a sneak peek of what’s to come. “Artists as Activists,” “Craft for the Home” and “Holiday Preview” open Saturday and run through Oct. 24. A virtual opening reception happens at 4 p.m. Saturday, with “Artists as Activists” curator Rolando Barrero, artist and owner of The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach. It’s free, but guests must register at floridacraftart.org. The gallery is open by appointment only. 501 Central Ave. (727) 821-7391.

A sampling of work from the sneak-peek of "Artists as Activists" at Florida CraftArt.
A sampling of work from the sneak-peek of "Artists as Activists" at Florida CraftArt. [ Courtesy of Florida CraftArt ]

Dunedin Fine Art Center

The center is staggering the openings of their fall exhibits in multiple galleries. On Sept. 1, the center opened “Between Us,” a multimedia exhibition that paired renowned local artists to collaborate and Velvet Elvis, in which artists were asked to create a velvet painting inspired by those from the 1950s. Opening Monday, Sept. 14, “Vespertine,” an exhibit of artwork that incorporates scientific and technological concepts or processes; “Heroes and She-roes;” “Phantoms and Bandits,” an exhibit of wearable art with a focus on masks; and “Hold Me," an invitational exhibit of mugs, chalices and other vessels from artists around the country. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org.

Michael Reedy's piece will be on display in 'Vespertine" at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, opening Sept. 14, 2020.
Michael Reedy's piece will be on display in 'Vespertine" at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, opening Sept. 14, 2020. [ Courtesy of the Dunedin Fine Art Center ]

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