Its age has earned it the description "venerable," but Wearable Art 11 at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, on Saturday is anything but. In the past, guests have been treated to couture made with raw meat and pyrotechnics, for example, so each year the bar gets upped a little more, skewing toward decidedly unwearable (for most folks) performance art.
Every year, a new component emerges. For this event, it's "Robed in Fable," a group of paintings by Steven Kenny, whose dreamlike portraits invoke history and mystery at the same time.
"Triple B: bizarre, bodacious bras" is just what it sounds like, and these artist-embellished undergarments will make appearances at the before- and after-parties.
The fashion show is the centerpiece, with models walking the runway in fantasy ensembles by artists and designers. This year's participants are Michael Ian Anzures + DemiGod, Stephanie Arner, Mark Byrne, Melissa Dolce, the Garden Fairies, Jeanne Halle, Julian Hartzog, Johnny Hunt, Lily Monk, Shelby Pogue and Lina Teixeira.
The fashion show begins at 8:30 p.m. preceded by a party at 7 and an after-party to follow. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org. Tickets are $20 general admission and $40 or $75 for prime-view seating. The event has always sold out.
Not a fashion show, the Uncommon Couture exhibition at Florida CraftArt, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, opens Friday and continues through Oct. 24, so it isn't a one-night stand. It has a similar fantasy vibe, though. Designer Lina Teixeira (note she's also part of the Wearable Art show) goes solo with a collection based on a wife of King Henry the VIII of England and her lady-in-waiting (not surprising spoiler alert: the wife dies) using in part recycled and repurposed materials.
Her fashions are complements with a group of accessories by Martha Bennington, Harriete Estel Berman, Shannon Cobb-Tappan, Christine Dhein, Daniel Kamman, Leeanne Kroetsch, Elizabeth Harking, Christina Lemon and Ivanka Ska. (727) 821-7391. floridacraftart.org.
Saturday is pay-what-you-will at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza (near Ashley Drive at Polk Street), and you'll get much more than whatever you pay (so be generous with what you can afford). The day offers something for everyone, starting with the art.
Not one but three good shows are on view. "The American Spirit" features 50 paintings and sculptures from the mid 19th and 20th centuries, most of it figurative and representational. "In Living Color" is a print show with excellent, vibrant examples by masters of the medium in the 20th and 21st centuries. "The Classical World" showcases the museum's superb collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. Take advantage of a docent tour, scheduled at noon, 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.
Also part of the fun:
• "In Living Color" features a number of Andy Warhol screen prints, and artist Susan Fredricks will demonstrate the silkscreen process from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Interpretive dance is performed in the galleries by Demario Henry.
• Cellist Grace Juliano plays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Sono Cafe, the museum's restaurant operated by Mise en Place, has food tastings throughout the day.
• Coloring stations for kids will be set up.
• Films from the National Gallery of Art will be screened throughout the day.