FOLDING PARTY: 1,000 paper cranes
The “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami” exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is a must-see. You’ll be blown away by the intricate, complex and unfathomable creations made by folding paper. But the ancient Japanese art form has somewhat simple roots and the exhibit includes an area for viewers to try their hands at a basic pattern, including the crane. In Japan, legend has it that if a person folds 1,000 cranes their deepest wish will be granted, and the museum is inviting guests to join a folding party this weekend to reach that goal. The cranes will go to the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan, that commemorates the children who died as a result of the atomic bomb dropped there by the United States during World War II. Students from Takamatsu, Japan, St. Pete’s sister city, will teach the process from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Included with museum admission. $20, $15 seniors/students/military/Florida educators, $10 ages 7-17, free for 6 and younger and members. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.
WILLIAM PACHNER: Loss and Affirmation
Artist William Pachner narrowly escaped the Nazi occupation of his native Czechoslovakia in 1939 to come to the United States to work as a commercial artist, creating anti-Fascist illustration for magazines. When the war ended and he learned of his family’s murders, he vowed to only create work that mirrored his life experiences. He built a legacy creating existential works that explore the depths of the human soul and eventually became a very big deal in Tampa Bay, where he lived for a period. He died in 2017 but continues to be revered locally. His children donated a collection of his illustrations and drawings to the Florida Holocaust Museum in 2016. “Loss and Affirmation” opens on Saturday. The pieces made during and just after World War II explore grief, despair, anger and bitterness, as well as man’s inhumanity. Beyond that, he focused on human connection, comfort and affirmation. $8-$16, free for active military, University of South Florida students, members and children 6 and younger. 10 a.m.-4 p.m daily. 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100. flholocaustmuseum.org.
HAND PAINTED: Baruti Tucker
Augusta, Ga.-based artist Baruti Tucker takes a different approach to painting than many artists. Rather than paint with brushes, he uses his hands. He has a popup exhibition at the Studio@620 this weekend, where you can marvel at his technique. He has dubbed it “Afingah,” meditative, controlled breathing with concentrated circular motion of fingers. He says using brushes makes him feel removed from his thoughtful artwork. His work encompasses many themes but he focuses on Afro-Centric imagery. Free. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620. studio620.org.