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The new year brings new visual art exhibits to Tampa Bay

Some exhibitions are in person with safety precautions, but there are quite a few virtual options.
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg's exhibition "Color Riot! How Color Changes Navajo Textiles." Onsite curatorial lead Stephanie Chill will give an online tour of the exhibit during Virtual Cocktails and Collections on Jan. 21.
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg's exhibition "Color Riot! How Color Changes Navajo Textiles." Onsite curatorial lead Stephanie Chill will give an online tour of the exhibit during Virtual Cocktails and Collections on Jan. 21. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Jan. 8
Updated Jan. 8

Ship Show

An installation shot from "Ship Show," presented by Tempus Projects in Tampa.
An installation shot from "Ship Show," presented by Tempus Projects in Tampa. [ Courtesy of Johanna O'Keefe ]

Tampa gallery Tempus Projects is hanging out at LiveWork Studios until its new space at Peninsularium is ready. Currently on view is “Ship Show,“ a collaboration between artists Johanna Keefe and Kyle Lascelle, who both work in ceramics and were both professors at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Keefe works in porcelain and photography and creates narratives that explore the global trade routes across the Atlantic. Lascelle works in stoneware and explores historic pottery and its relationship to people and the contemporary art world. The exhibition is open by appointment only. Text your appointment request to 813-340-9056. Limit is four people at a time, for 30 minutes. Through Jan. 30. Masks required. Social distancing enforced. 6405 N Florida Ave., Tampa.

ArtLofts at Florida CraftArt

“My Fat Cat,” a watercolor painting on Yupo paper by Susan Hess, is on display in "The Artists of ArtLofts" at Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg. It opens Jan. 7, 2021.
“My Fat Cat,” a watercolor painting on Yupo paper by Susan Hess, is on display in "The Artists of ArtLofts" at Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg. It opens Jan. 7, 2021. [ | Courtesy of Florida CraftArt ]

The artists of ArtLofts’ studios are right above Florida CraftArt, so it’s become a tradition for the gallery to open its exhibition space to showcase their work. “The Artists of ArtLofts” opens Thursday and features the recent work of 16 artists in paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, jewelry and mixed media. Through Jan. 23. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-821-7391. floridacraftart.org.

Creative Pinellas Arts Annual Virtual Galleries

Creative Pinellas currently has its “Arts Annual” exhibition on display. For those who feel safer at home, curator Danny Olda and several artists will lead a virtual tour of the gallery live on Facebook. There are two tours, on Friday and Jan. 15 from 3-4 p.m. Visit facebook.com/CreativePinellas and click on “events” to join one of the sessions.

Ego Death

A piece from iBoms (Jabari Reed-Diop) is on display in his solo exhibition, "Ego Death," at Mize Gallery in St. Petersburg.
A piece from iBoms (Jabari Reed-Diop) is on display in his solo exhibition, "Ego Death," at Mize Gallery in St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of Chad Mize ]

Jabari Reed-Diop, a.k.a. iBoms, had a successful year, with two murals and a near sellout of his work at the Factory First Look event. Now he has a solo exhibition of new works at Mize Gallery, “Ego Death.” In his artist statement, Reed explains the show is about him creating from a “more emotional mental space, capturing how a psychological death feels.” He said that it’s about transformation and getting to a different mind-set of living in the present, achieved through ego checks. The exhibit opens Friday with a virtual reception at 6 p.m. at facebook.com/mizegallery and at 7 p.m. at instagram.com/mizegallery. On view through Jan. 24. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays or by appointment. Masks are required and the exhibition will also be online. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-251-8529. chadmize.com.

Second Saturday Artwalk

Visit the galleries and studios throughout five arts districts in St. Petersburg at various times on Saturday. Each venue has its own hours and social distancing guidelines. Visit stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk for a map and a listing of galleries.

Creative Families

"Sanctuary, 2020," a mixed media assemblage by John Whipple, is in the "Creative Families" exhibition at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg.
"Sanctuary, 2020," a mixed media assemblage by John Whipple, is in the "Creative Families" exhibition at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of Beth Reynolds ]

The Morean Arts Center has a quartet of exhibitions showcasing families who create art. “Creative Families” is the umbrella title for “Lineage: The Whipple Family,” “Family Patterns: Jaeger Family” and “Fodder & Sons: Paul, Jack & Peter Massing” (all through March 25) and “Oil and Mud: Julie and Ehren Gerhard” (through Feb. 14). Opens Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The center has extensive health and safety measures, including electrostatic fogging for sanitizing. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-822-7872. moreanartscenter.org.

Creative Clay

The arts organization is kicking off the new year with two events. The Pinellas County Schools’ Transition students are holding an outdoor First Friday Art Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with discounted holiday merchandise, a performance by Emily Turnage and Baja Food Truck. On Saturday from 5-9 p.m., they’ll open “Hope,” a virtual exhibition featuring many member artists. 1846 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. creativeclay.org.

Striking Gold

Clearwater’s Studio 1212 is celebrating the gallery’s 50th anniversary with the exhibition “Striking Gold.” The member artists are all students of the late William Pachner. Each of their works will have a gold element. The opening reception is Sunday from noon-3 p.m. Remains on view through Feb. 20. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays or by appointment. 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-999-1524. studio1212.org.

Distance

A sneak-peek installation shot of Ya La'ford's exhibition "Distance," opening at Gallery 221 at HCC's Dale Mabry campus in Tampa. It opens Jan. 11, 2021.
A sneak-peek installation shot of Ya La'ford's exhibition "Distance," opening at Gallery 221 at HCC's Dale Mabry campus in Tampa. It opens Jan. 11, 2021. [ Courtesy of Ya La'ford ]

Artist Ya La’ford is taking over Gallery 221 on Hillsborough Community College’s Dale Mabry campus with an exhibition, “Distance,” opening Jan 11. Composed of paintings, sculptures and a site-specific installation, La’ford “re-evaluates and reimagines space and connection in this era of expanding interspace.” A virtual opening reception happens on Jan. 28. Register to attend on the gallery’s website. The exhibition remains on view through Feb. 25. The gallery is on the second floor of the Learning Resources Center/Library building (DLRC). 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd., Tampa. 813-253-7674.

Dalí’s 10th Anniversary of the building

A portion of the Enigma, the 75-foot-tall glass entryway at the Dali Museum, is illuminated with blue light on April 22, 2020, in downtown St. Petersburg.
A portion of the Enigma, the 75-foot-tall glass entryway at the Dali Museum, is illuminated with blue light on April 22, 2020, in downtown St. Petersburg. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

On Monday, the Dalí Museum is celebrating 10 years in its architectural feat of a building with onsite and virtual programming. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the museum to share facts about the building and gardens and there will be display cases highlighting the construction and exhibitions from the past decade. There will be readings from the museum’s Wish Tree and lectures focused on the museum’s future. Folks can join the event virtually on the museum’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. The onsite festivities are included with museum admission. $25, $23 seniors/military/police/firefighters/educators, $18 students/kids 13-17, $10 kids age 6-12, free for children 5 and younger. After 5 p.m. Thursdays, $12, $8 kids 6-12. 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. 727-823-3767. thedali.org.

Virtual Coffee and Conversation

A piece of art by Stephen Schatz, who will discuss is work during the Dunedin Fine Art Center's virtual Coffee and Conversation on Jan. 12, 2020.
A piece of art by Stephen Schatz, who will discuss is work during the Dunedin Fine Art Center's virtual Coffee and Conversation on Jan. 12, 2020. [ Courtesy of the Dunedin Fine Art Center ]

The Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Coffee and Conversation series continues virtually on Tuesday at noon with artist Stephen Schatz. His presentation, “My Journey (1963-2020) as an Artist,” will cover his influences, techniques in painting and clay, and his exploration of “the inexplicable human condition.” It’s free to watch, but registration is required at dfac.org.

Rythmique closing reception

An installation shot of Sara Conca's exhibition, "Rythmique," at the Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa.
An installation shot of Sara Conca's exhibition, "Rythmique," at the Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa. [ Courtesy of the Michael Murphy Gallery ]

Contemporary abstract artist Sara Conca’s exhibition, “Rythmique,” is closing at the Michael Murphy Gallery on Jan. 15. Conca will be onsite during the reception. Free, but reservations are recommended by calling 813-902-1414 or emailing gallery@mmgart.com. The gallery is following CDC standards. 6-9 p.m. 2701 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. mmgart.com.

Snowbirds

Glass artist Shane Fero’s bird and nest sculptures are on display in "Snowbirds" at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass in Safety Harbor. It opens Jan. 16, 2021.
Glass artist Shane Fero’s bird and nest sculptures are on display in "Snowbirds" at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass in Safety Harbor. It opens Jan. 16, 2021. [ Courtesy of Syd Entel Galleries ]

Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass open “Snowbirds” on Jan. 16. It’s a celebration of birds through art, including work by wildlife illustrator John James Audubon, Georgia naturalist Dan Goad, Tampa artist Susan Gott’s cast glass flying birds and Shane Fero’s lampwork bird and nest sculptures. On view through Feb. 13. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-725-1808. sydentelgalleries.com.

John Sims

Artist, activist and writer John Sims is an artist in residency at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art who is kicking off a series of exhibitions and events on Jan. 18, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “2020: (Di) Visions of America” is an online performance and multimedia piece addressing the issues of the year, including COVID-19 and police brutality in the context of the African American experience. It will be broadcast on the Ringling Museum’s website at ringling.org on Jan. 18, 23 and 30 and on Feb. 1 at an outdoor screening at the Ringling Museum. $15, $13 members. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700.

Sims’ animation video of a Florida plantation reframed as a slave memorial and his piece The AfroConfederate Flag are included in the “Marking Monuments” exhibition at the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum, opening Jan. 22 through March 6. It’s also available online. Free. 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa. 813-974-2849. ira.usf.edu/CAM.

On Jan. 30, his video Recoloration Proclamation, 2020 will be screened at the Ringling Museum. It’s part of a group exhibition “For Real This Time,” that includes videos by acclaimed artists Kara Walker and Allison Janae Hamilton. On display through Feb. 18. Included with museum admission.

Virtual Cocktails and Collections

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg’s Stephanie Chill leads an online tour through the “Color Riot” exhibit of Najavo textiles during a special Virtual Cocktails and Collections event on Jan. 21. A Q-and-A session will follow. A recipe for a signature cocktail inspired by the exhibition will be provided. It happens from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom. $10, free for members. Register at mfastpete.org.

Art Festival Beth-El

A batik from Lisa Kattenbraker, who is participating in the virtual  Art Festival Beth-El.
A batik from Lisa Kattenbraker, who is participating in the virtual Art Festival Beth-El. [ Courtesy of Art Festival Beth-El ]

Art Festival Beth-El is going virtual this year, bringing galleries of work from nearly 65 artists online to ArtFestivalBethEl.com. The upside is that the show will be up longer than the typical three days it’s confined to at Temple Beth-El’s annual event in St. Petersburg. The Purchase Award Preview happens Jan. 23-28 and the show opens to the public on Jan. 30 and runs through Feb. 7.