Art gets in the holiday spirit this weekend

Tampa sculptor Dominique Labauvie unveils his holiday installation at the MFA, while the PAVA artists an exhibit and artisan shop,
Published November 28

Yuletide Art: Deck the Great Hall

It’s likely that you’ve seen artist-made ornaments and even Christmas decor. But have you ever seen an artist make an entire installation in the spirit of the holidays? Now you can. The Museum of Fine Arts tapped Tampa-based metal sculptor Dominique Labauvie, right, to create a site-specific installation in the Great Hall, along with the ornaments that adorn the Christmas tree there. Known for his sinuous metal sculptures, one of which the museum has in their collection, Labauvie drew his inspiration for this installation from the holly leaf. The ornaments are all available for sale. The museum is unveiling the installation Thursday with a reception that includes free admission to the galleries, complimentary refreshments and live music by Lounge Cat. 6-8 p.m. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. mfastpete.org.

Cool Artists: PAVA Art Exhibit

The Professional Association of Visual Artists, or PAVA, is a collective that brings the Cool Art Show to St. Petersburg’s Coliseum every summer. Now they have an exhibit open at the Creative Pinellas Pinewood Gallery, on the grounds of the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. In addition to a curated exhibition of visual art from award-winning artists, there’s also a plein air exhibit of paintings and photography of the gardens, which are all beautifully lit for the holidays. Beginning Dec. 8, they’ll open an Artisan Gift Shoppe, and a number of kids activities happen Dec. 8, 15 and 22 from 1-4 p.m. There will be artists’ demonstrations on Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16. The gallery will be open 3 -8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and from 1-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 23. It’s all free to see and experience, at 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. pava-artists.org.

Wearable Art: All Decked Out

Working at St. Petersburg fine craft gallery Florida CraftArt introduced me to the Tampa Bay Surface Design Guild. They’re a group of artists who specialize in fiber arts, primarily in the design of fabrics, but also includes quilting, knitting, crochet and papermaking. They create wonderful works of truly wearable art, which they’ll have in display at their holiday exhibition, “All Decked Out,” opening Friday at the Octagon Arts Center at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Clearwater. In addition to handmade or recycled, upcycled or embellished garments and accessories, all for sale, there will also be a premier exhibition of hand dyed fabrics by Angie Knowles, called Reflections. It will remain on display through Jan. 10 The opening reception happens from 6-8 p.m. Friday at 2470 Nursery Road. surfacedesignguild.com.

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