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What's happening in Tampa Bay art: Artists address the environment at the James Museum, Wearable Art turns 15

The James Museum in St. Petersburg will display Sayaka Kajita Ganz’s 16-foot long sculpture “Nanami” as part of its “Environmental Impact” exhibition, opening on Saturday. [Courtesy of Sayaka Kajita Ganz]
The James Museum in St. Petersburg will display Sayaka Kajita Ganz’s 16-foot long sculpture “Nanami” as part of its “Environmental Impact” exhibition, opening on Saturday. [Courtesy of Sayaka Kajita Ganz]
Published Aug. 21, 2019

MOTHER EARTH: Environmental Impact II

Much of the art in the James' Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is centered around nature, so it's apt that the museum would host the "Environmental Impact II" exhibition, opening Saturday. The exhibit is the second installment of the project curated and produced by David Wagner, LLC. It features contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs that address climate change, the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill and the loss of bee populations, among other environmental concerns. It features more than 20 artists, including Kent Ullberg, Guy Harvey and Karen Hackenberg. A special installation of a hanging blue whale will make a statement. Sayaka Kajita Ganz's 16-foot sculpture, Nanami, is made entirely of recycled plastic objects, aluminum armature, wire and cable ties. The title is Japanese for "seven seas." It's the artist's hope that the piece raises awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans. Included with museum admission. $20, $15 students and seniors, $10 ages 7-18, free for 6 and younger. $10 all day Tuesdays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays. 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-4200.

MILESTONE: Wearable Art 15

The milestone in Dunedin this weekend speaks so much to Tampa Bay's supportive artistic community. The Dunedin Fine Art Center's 15th annual "Wearable Art" provides a platform for artists working in the avant-garde, with creations most of us would never have the occasion to wear. This year's event is special because Wearble Art original Frank Strunk III is showing again after taking a break for a number of years. Melissa Dolce, the Garden Fairies and Kikimora studios are among the other returning favorites. There will be a special fashion installation by Lina Teixeira. And fashion-inspired exhibit "If the Shoe Fits" features shoes made by local artists in a variety of media. New this year is the Groove-tique, a fashion boutique selling artist-made wares. The Pre-Glow and After-Glow parties return with live music and a cash bar. $85-$135 runway seats, $20 party ticket that lets you view the show from a video monitor. 7 p.m., runway at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322.


  1. People browse art installations for the new exhibition, "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  2. Gregory Siff works on a 26-foot-tall mural at Hyde House in Tampa. Siff is in residency at Cass Contemporary, which will culminate in a solo exhibition opening Feb. 28. [TOBIN GREEN  |  Courtesy of Cass Contemporary]
  3. Meaghan Farrell Scalise's "Head First II" was chosen as the featured image for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, which will return to Tampa this weekend. [Courtesy of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts]
  4. Chad Mize creates doodle art on a car at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa in 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  5. Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020. [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art]
  6. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex." [CORTNEY LESOVOY  |  Special to the Times]
  7. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
  8. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29. [Courtesy of Kirk Ke Wang]
  9. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET. [MONIQUE WELCH  |  MONIQUE WELCH | Times]
  10. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  11. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8. [Courtesy of Hampson Gallery]
  12. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]