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Exhibits on Renoir, Chagall, Wyeth open on big arts weekend

A crowded arts calendar continues!

Three museum exhibitions debut in the coming days and we see the return of the annual Graphicstudio sale. Also, the monthly Second Saturday ArtWalk is coming up. Strategic planning means you don't have to miss any of them since the museum shows continue into January.



Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color

Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza

We do love our French Impressionists. They're just so ... lovely. But the best ones have become famous because they're also important. Remember, a lot of people didn't find Claude Monet's atmospheric landscapes "lovely" in any way back in the late 19th century when he was first getting noticed and the Impressionist label was coined as a sneer. The works were intimidating because they challenged the accepted definitions of art and began a revolution in independent thinking that continues today. Typically all the loveliness is organized to encourage new ways of looking at it and appreciating it. For this exhibition color is the organizing principle, built around 49 paintings from the Dixon Gallery that include artists Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Post Impressionists such as Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse. or (813) 274-8130.

Jamie Wyeth's Portraits of Rudolf Nureyev: Images of the Dancer from the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive NE

Rudolf Nureyev was a huge celebrity when Jamie Wyeth began his series of paintings in 1977 and Wyeth was a talented but unproven young artist whose provenance as the son and grandson of famous painters opened doors for him. Alas, Nureyev, probably the greatest male dancer of the 20th century, no longer has general name recognition. This series, which Wyeth completed in 2001, eight years after Nureyev's death, captures the charisma and grace and strength of the man in a posthumous tribute.

A dramatic angle on the relationship between the two is imagined by playwright David Rush in Nureyev's Eyes, which opens at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg with previews on Wednesday and Oct. 16 and continues through Oct. 26. or (727) 896-2667.


Uncertain Landscape: Victoria Block and Alain Salesse

Disappearing Landscape: Janos Enyedi

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs

Both shows could be described as submerging viewers into an environment, though with different approaches. Block and Salesse are more cerebral and ethereal; Enyedi takes us into the grit and Rust Belt America.



16th Annual Graphicstudio Benefit and Sale

On the USF campus at Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa

Since its founding in 1968 at the University of South Florida, Graphicstudio has worked with leading contemporary artists from around the world to produce small editions of fine art prints and sculptures that break new ground in conception and technique. This annual sale helps fund the program. About 100 works are pulled from the archive and offered at deep discounts. Some are the last "extras" and won't be seen again for sale at the studio. Among the artists represented are Los Carpinteros, Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Marclay, Vik Muniz, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha and William Wegman. Between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. you can visit Graphicstudio to make your purchase. If you are keen to acquire a particular work, arrive early. or (813) 974-5871.


Second Saturday ArtWalk

Multiple venues in St. Petersburg

More than 40 galleries and studios participate in the walk that encompasses multiple arts districts in the city, each with its own aesthetic. Trolleys (most are free) shuttle you around and parking is abundant in most areas. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Go to for maps and information.