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What's happening in Tampa Bay art: Exhibits at the Leslie Curran Gallery, Chihuly Collection, others

Camille Izumi’s painting “Sea Me Now” is part of “Good Vibrations II” at the Leslie Curran Gallery in St. Petersburg. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31. [Courtesy of Leslie Curran Gallery]
Published Aug. 14

HOP TO IT: After Art Walk

Last Saturday was St. Petersburg's Second Saturday Art Walk, when many galleries open new exhibitions. There were too many to feature in last week's column, but the following are still on display:

"Good Vibrations II" at the Leslie Curran Gallery is a group show inspired by the bright colors of summer, when the sun makes everything look oversaturated. Artists include Nathan Beard, Akiko Kotani, Xina Scuderi and a special David Hockney painting, courtesy of Collector's Exchange. Doesn't Camille Izumi's painting just epitomize summer? That feeling of slipping into the cool, blue relief. Catch it before it closes on Aug. 31. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 1431 and 1445 Central Ave. (727) 898-6061.

The St. Pete Women's Collective celebrates everyone's favorite textile with "Denim," held at the Venus gallery. Local and national artists including Emily Stone, Kristi Capone and Mitzi Gordon created works inspired by the fabric's history, symbolism and future. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Curator Zac Weinberger takes a critical look at the contemporary glass practices of the Midwest in "Swing States," on display at the Chihuly Collection. Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio have been glassmaking epicenters since the 19th century, and the exhibition features artists from those states. Remains on display through Oct. 31. Included with museum admission: $19.95, $17.95 seniors and military, $12.95 students and ages 6-18, free 5 and younger. Military and five members of their family visit free from May 18 to Sept. 2 as part of the Blue Star Museum program. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 720 Central Ave. (727) 896-4572.

The Morean Arts Center has several cool exhibits to check out, including "This Is Me: Self Portraits of Morean Members." It features more than 200 works in a variety of media. Remains on display through Sept. 19. Bound to be a crowd pleaser is the "Cats vs. Dogs Art Show," in which artists interpret animals. Remains on display through Aug. 30. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 719 Central Ave.

THIRTY ON THURSDAY: Conceptual photography

Art historian Ulrike Heine and photographer Selina Roman will lead a 30-minute conversation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the history of conceptual photography and the processes represented in "Tableau and Transformation: Photography From the Permanent Collection." The exhibit features selections from the museum as well as from the corporate collection of Trenam Law. It's full of bold color and visual interest, with photographs by William Wegman, James Casebere, Cindy Sherman and more. The talk is included with museum admission. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130.


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