Time moves so fast, and before you know it you've completely slept on some outstanding art shows. Here's my gentle reminder to visit three exhibits that will close soon.
Alex Katz: Black and White at the Tampa Museum of Art closes Monday, which is Memorial Day; the museum will be open. Don't miss the chance to see the work of a living art legend. The show includes Katz's signature black and white portraits, landscapes and still lifes, with a smattering of color works for contrast. 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. $15; $7.50 senior; $5 students; children ages 6 and under free. Admission is free on Fridays from 4-8 p.m. (813) 421-8380. tampamuseum.org.
The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts will close June 4. The exhibit takes you on a visual road trip through the weird, wild and wonderful United States, and is making the case for road trip photography as a genre unto itself. 255 Beach Drive NE. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.
Shapeshifters, a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Tampa-based artist Jay Giroux, closes June 3 at the Bricks of Ybor. It's a fitting venue for his recent work, for which he gathered material from Ybor's streets, taking inspiration from its discarded club wristbands and faded fliers. The exhibition is located in the projects room (formerly the SPOT skate shop) next to the Bricks, which will be open during restaurant hours. 1327 E Seventh Ave. (813) 247-1785.
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It's common to find art in non-gallery settings these days, especially in St. Petersburg, where local businesses have become great venues for local artists to get exposure. Case in point: St. Petersburg's ARTicles Art Gallery regularly works with Staybridge Suites to bring an Art Night to the hotel, as part of its Culture and Community Bridge program. A new exhibit, Ripple Effect, opens there Thursday with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The show features photography by Richard Auger, Robin Perry Dana and Xina Scuderi, who all capture people's connection to and dependence upon Floridian bodies of water, each through their own vision. The exhibition will be on view through Aug. 20. 940 Fifth Ave. S. (727) 821-0777.