1. Visual Arts

Powerful exhibit open at Holocaust Museum, last chance for Art of the Brick

It's the last few days to experience Nathan Sawaya's ingenious transformations of Legos at the Art of the Brick. You really must go if you haven't been. Among more than 100 pieces are a life-sized sculpture of a man ripping open his chest, a 20-foot-long T. rex skeleton, a giant skull and replicas of famous works including Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. The free exhibit runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Monday, staying open for the Labor Day holiday, at 802 E Whiting St., Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

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A timely exhibition opens at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg on Saturday. The Holocaust and the Book of Fire is artist Murray Zimiles' reaction to the Holocaust as the stepson of a survivor. It's not for the faint of heart; the exhibit of drawings, paintings, prints and artists' books is "designed to propel viewers into a world of fire and devastation." He also explores themes of the perceived absence of God and of civilization during the Holocaust. The powerful exhibition will remain on display through Dec. 31. Admission is $16 adults, $14 seniors, $8 students under 18. Free for military, USF students with ID and children 6 and under. (727) 820-0100.

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Artist Bryce Hudson jokingly calls himself a hoarder, but if that means being a collector of incredible artwork, then so be it. Trichroic, 3847 and 3849 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, is home to Hudson's Web design business and art studio, and also houses a portion of his impressive art collection. Modernist Icon is the name for the collection, which is apparently so vast that he's able to rotate the works, which he plans to do quarterly. Currently on display are paintings, sculptures and works on paper from masters of geometric abstraction, including Piet Mondrian, Ilya Bolotowsky, Alexander Calder, art pictured, and Pierre Clerk. Hudson also has some of his own paintings on display, many of which continue the geometric abstraction movement. For now, only his own works are for sale, but the collection is unlike any other I've seen in a public space. Mid-century furniture and a collection of space-age electronics round out the viewing experience, and Hudson keeps a ton of art books on shelves and is happy to discuss art with you. His hours are by appointment only. (502) 767-8051.

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