MAKE THE CONNECTION: ROUND SQUARE
"Round Square," the new exhibition opening at Florida CraftArt on Friday, is subtitled "Conversations at Large," indicative of guest curator Katherine Gibson's intention to stoke conversations from visitors. The exhibit uses the work of four Florida artists: Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, Kendra Frorup, Babette Herschberger and Charles Parkhill to highlight the conscious and subconscious relationships between shape, color, scale and design across mediums. The show's installation aims to engage visitors by both placing simple shapes and colors together and by displaying work in unexpected ways. Tickled Pink, an interactive, 15-foot merry-go-round structure piece by Tampa-based artist Frorup, is operated by hand-crank and really aims to involve visitors. You can give it a spin at the opening reception Friday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 501 Central Ave. (727) 821-7391. floridacraftart.org.
CULTURAL STROLL: ART WALK ROUNDUP
It's St. Petersburg's Second Saturday Art Walk this weekend, and many galleries are using that opportunity to open new shows. Find a map of all participating galleries at stpeteartsalliance.org. Here are a few to check out, which all happen from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and are free to attend:
"Coming Home" at the Woodfield Fine Art Gallery features artists who capture Tampa Bay's beauty, including Larry Felder, whose painting Good Morning Cortez is pictured. 2253 Central Ave. (727) 254-6981. woodfieldfineart.com.
"Fresh Squeezed" at the Morean Art Center is an invitational exhibit of Florida emerging artists that were selected to create site-specific installations. 719 Central Ave. (727) 822-7872. moreanartscenter.org.
"The Friendlies Freak Show" at Strands of Sunshine is a showcase of new work celebrating friendships between women by Robin Bloom, known in art circles as Robinia. 633 Central Ave. (727) 823-2878. strandsofsunshine.com.
"Wild Life" at the Duncan McClellan Gallery features an exhibition of glass art and a glassblowing demonstration by Seattle-based artists Kelly O'Dell and Raven Skyriver. This event is open until 10 p.m. 550 24th St. S. (727) 421-4141.