What’s happening in art this weekend: Art talks and a tour of artists’ studios

Gain insight into artists’ processes and personal lives. Stroll the streets of Historic Kenwood and take in some art.
Published March 13

Look and Listen: Art Talks

It’s great to look at art, but there is so much insight to gain by listening to experts talk about it. There are three chances this weekend.

Artist Kenny Jensen will discuss his work at the Dunedin Fine Art Center on Thursday at noon, as part of the Coffee and Conversation series. Jensen, a multidisciplinary artist, will focus on the creative process behind his recently completed public sculpture for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Paths of Consumption: USFSP. He’ll also talk about his complementary solo exhibition, “Interweaving Paths,” on display in the Nelson Memorial Library. $5. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org.

“Jewels of the Imagination,” the exhibition of Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon’s collection of jewelry by Jean Schlumberger at the Museum of Fine Arts, closes on March 31, and it’s a must-see. Sunday, a panel discussion explores the relationships that Schlumberger had with Mellon and his partner Luc Bouchage. The panel includes architect Yann Weymouth, Bunny Mellon biographer Meryl Gordon and assistant curator for Tiffany and Co. Amy McHugh. Gordon will sign copies of her book Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend before and after the lecture. 2-5 p.m. in the Marly Room, included with museum admission. $20, $15 students, seniors, military and Florida educators, $10 ages 7-17, free 6 and younger. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.

Dr. George Stovall, a St. Petersburg chiropractor, avid canoer and local personality, is also an artist of wearable art. He’ll show off his painted clothes inspired by flora, fauna and Salvador Dalí with a presentation called “Eggs and Skulls: ‘60s Wearable Art Onward” at the Studio@620 on Monday at 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620. thestudio@620.org.

Historic Kenwood: Artist Enclave Tour

Full of cute bungalows and brick-lined streets, St. Petersburg’s Historic Kenwood is home to 21 artists and 12 studios. They’re kind enough to open them up every year for the Artist Enclave tour, happening again this weekend. Discover the work of painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, ceramic artists, fiber artists and jewelers on the self-guided tour. And don’t miss the opportunity to view the work of award-winning, contemporary surrealist Steven Kenny, whose painting is pictured. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Additional information and maps are available at kenwoodartistenclave.org.

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