If you havenít been over to see the stunning collection of studio glass art at the Imagine Museum, maybe $5 admission would motivate you. Thatís right, the museum is offering $5 admission to Pinellas County residents every day this month. What a great, affordable way to see priceless works of art and seek shelter from the August heat. 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. imaginemuseum.com.
Thereís no better way to understand art than to hear artists and curators discuss it. Here are two talks this weekend for your consideration:
Friday, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts welcomes photographer Robin Perry Dana and curator Nathan Beard to discuss Danaís work in the traveling exhibition "Triangulate," which is on display at the Dunedin Fine Art Center through Sunday. Beard developed the concept for the exhibit with fellow curators Eivind Natvig and Kirk Ke Wang, to include the work of international photographers as a way to make the notion of home a more global vision. The talk happens from 5-7 p.m. at 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Admission is by donation. fmopa.org.
Sunday, the Dunedin Fine Art Center will host artist Kenny Jensen, whose work is included in the "I + Thou" exhibition, which closes that day. The exhibit explores themes of identity ó self, our personas and the other ó and Jensenís installation work often includes natural elements from Floridaís wilderness. The talk happens from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at 1143 Michigan Blvd.
Itís St. Petersburgís Second Saturday Art Walk this weekend, when all of the galleries and studios extend their hours and many open new exhibitions. (Find a map at stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk.) One to definitely check out is an exhibition of autobiographical altered books at the Morean Arts Center. The show is the result of free workshops given by artist Rose Marie Prins thanks to a grant from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. All told, more than 55 folks participated. Come see their creations from 5-9 p.m. An awards ceremony will happen at 6:30. The show remains up through Aug. 25.
Also happening at the Morean is the Glass Studio and Hot Shopís blowout sale of beautiful hand-blown glass art, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Discounts of the work by local artists are up to 75 percent off. 719 Central Ave. moreanartscenter.org.