Anyone can take photos at concerts thanks to cellphones. But there's an art to actual concert photography; you have to have an eye and instinct for capturing the right moment. St. Petersburg photographer Sandrasonik (Sandra Dohnert) has all that and then some, on display in her "Star Shutter" exhibition, opening at the Bends on Friday.
Dohnert has a background as a singer-songwriter. Her career was beginning to take off and she was offered a record deal, but she turned it down after seeing the uglier side of the industry. Still passionate about music, she began managing other artists, which led to her photographing them. She gained access to bands by going directly to their management, working for free in the beginning to build a portfolio. Seven years later, artists hire her, and she is the official photographer for the Mahaffey Theater and Al Lang Stadium. Dohnert said having performed is what gives her great timing, which shows in the shot of Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, pictured. For "Star Shutter," 22 photographs of stars including the Flaming Lips, David Byrne and Chaka Khan will be on display through November. Opening at 9 p.m. at 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. sandrasonik.com.
50th Anniversary: Foundations
As part of Hillsborough Community College's 50th anniversary celebration, directors from two exceptional campus art galleries collaborated on an exhibit showcasing their permanent collection. "Foundations" is on display at both the Dale Mabry campus' Gallery 221, where it opened first, and at the Ybor campus gallery, where it opens Thursday. The exhibit features works by local heavyweights Tracy Midulla, Josette Urso and Kirk Ke Wang, whose work is pictured, and from faculty and staff. It remains on display through Nov. 30. A free reception is from 4:30-7:30 Thursday, with remarks at 6 p.m. at 2204 N 15th St., Tampa.
Art in the Park: Art Harvest
It's incredible that Art Harvest started out as a small gathering 55 years ago. Now it's one of the most anticipated events in the area, and it returns to Dunedin's Highlander Park Saturday and Sunday. The selection of work from local, regional and national artists includes paintings, photography, fine craft, sculpture and jewelry. A Children's Pavilion introduces art to the little ones while the adults browse. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1920 Pinehurst Road.
Out With the Old: Art Flip
What happens when you've grown tired of the art you've collected but don't have the heart to get rid of it? Donate it to the Studio@620 for its Art Flip fundraiser. The venue is accepting donations of "gently used " artwork from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. Then they'll install it all for a sale from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 10 during Second Saturday Art Walk. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. firstname.lastname@example.org.