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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Peace/War, Survival/Extinction: An Artist's Plea for Sanity
On view Fri., Mar. 11 - Mon., May 30, 2011
For the first time the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is coming to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. The conference dates are Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2011.
This annual conference for ceramic artists is held in a different city each year. The event draws 5,000 - 7,000 clay enthusiasts - many of whom will have cars they'll use to visit the Florida Holocaust Museum and other venues across the region. NCECA has also hired buses to transport conference attendees to many museums, attractions and special events which will take place on both sides of Tampa Bay.The Florida Holocaust Museum is proud to present an outstanding exhibition in support of NCECA. The exhibition's focus is to provide social commentary on war, human rights violations and genocide, and to encourage dialogue about the avoidance of conflict. Richard Notkin's tile murals, teapots, sculpture and installations will be included in the exhibition.

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Event Title: Arnold Mesches
Where: Mindy Solomon Gallery
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Arnold Mesches at Mindy Solomon Gallery
Arnold Mesches was born in 1923 in Bronx, New York, a period that witnessed an influx of Jewish and Italian immigrants, serving as a staging ground for many seeking the American dream. Mesches moved to Buffalo, New York as a child, receiving a scholarship in 1943 to study at the Art Center School in Los Angeles. After two and a half years, the aspiring student decided he didn't want to be a commercial artist; he really wanted to say something more personal with his art and decided to pursue painting. Mesches began his new career path painting sets for movie studios. In 1946, he began working on a Tarzan movie set for about three months-until Hollywood went on strike.
"We were on strike for a year. We would walk the picket line from 6 to 9 in the morning. Then, three or four of us would go off somewhere to paint watercolor landscapes. I knew nothing about painting so I'd look over the other guy's shoulders-when they made a stroke, I'd make a stroke-that's how I learned about painting. The defeat of the Hollywood strike paved the way for the eventual HUAC blacklist. By breaking the back of the trade unions in Hollywood, they opened up the possibility of full censorship of the whole industry, which eventually spread to become the McCarthy era nationally. At one point, eight hundred of us were put in jail for three days. We were tried and charged 25 dollars each."
In 1945, Mesches was identified as a person of interest by the FBI. Undeterred, he continued to be a champion of the unions, free speech and human rights. Mesches was a practicing artist and teacher for many years. He taught at Otis Art Institute, UCLA, the Art Center School and USC. Mesches met his future wife Jill, then a private student of his in the late 1960's and they began living together in 1972.
Mesches, and his wife, writer Jill Clement, eventually moved to the East Village in New York City where he exhibited to high critical acclaim. He taught at Parsons, Rutgers, and NYU for 14 years. Mesches exhibited his FBI Series at PS1, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art in 2002-03. The show was originally scheduled for two months, but was extended to four due to audience demand.
Arnold and Jill moved to Gainesville, Florida in 2002 to teach at the University of Florida. Clement currently teaches creative writing, Mesches teaches graduate seminar in drawing and painting. Mesches was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2009 from the University of Florida. Throughout his illustrious career as an artist, educator and human rights activist, Mesches has forged an engaging and unique body of work.
With his solo show at the Mindy Solomon Gallery, Mesches celebrates his 132nd solo exhibition.
The two bodies of work to be featured in the exhibition are WEATHER PATTERNS and the PAINT Series. Mesches states:
By combining unlikely juxtapositions, both in painting techniques and disparate imagery, most recently in the WEATHER PATTERNS paintings, I have tried to re-create the sense of utter instability and sheer insanity that I feel continues to permeate my years. Instead of, as in my salad days, veering toward the overt, I have, for some years now, found myself depicting our time with a sense of unreality bordering on the more unsettling absurd.

The PAINT series, while a tangent of a sort, is simply my way of paying homage to the importance Art and Art Making has played in bringing levity, beauty and expression to our lives.

The Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to bring this stellar and important exhibition to the Tampa Bay Area.

May 07 - June 18, 2011
Arnold Mesches

May 07, 2011
Artist's Talk 6:00 pm
Reception 6:30-8:30 pm
Mindy Solomon Gallery
124 2nd Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Wednesday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday: By appointment
727.502.0852 -

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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Pastels are Not Subdued at the Dunedin Fine Art Center

If your definition of pastel, includes the idea of hues that are pale or soft in color, three exhibits opening May 13th at the Dunedin Fine Art Center might have your changing your vocabulary.

The Pastel Society of Tampa Bay has organized its fifth exhibit entitled Possibilities in Pastels V. This Southeastern U.S. juried exhibition features works from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North & South Carolina, as well as from members of regional pastels societies from throughout the region. The exhibit, judged and juried by internationally- known Master Pastelist, Doug Dawson offers over 65 contemporary pastel works.

Mr. Dawson will also offer a 3-day workshop on May 12, 13 & 14. The workshop will combine both studio landscape and plein air instruction highlighting: artistic technique, thumbnail sketches, composition, color usage, texture and depth. There will be time dedicated to demonstrations, individual attention and group critiques.

DFAC is thrilled to offer an exhibition of Master Pastelist and beloved DFAC faculty member Brooke Allison. Brooke Allison: A Retrospective, shows her life's work as never seen before-drawings, paintings and pastels spanning over 40 years of creative study.

The third exhibition, You Are Here: Pastel Artists of DFAC, features superb pastel works of DFAC's faculty and students.
05/13/2011 - 06/26/2011 - Douglas-Whitely Gallery
Possibilities in Pastels V
Southeastern U.S. juried exhibition, featuring the latest in contemporary pastels.
05/13/2011 - 06/26/2011 - Entel Family Gallery
Brooke Allison: A Retrospective
Work spanning 40 years by Master Pastelist and beloved DFAC faculty member Brooke Allison.
05/13/2011 - 06/26/2011 - Meta Brown Gallery
You Are Here: Pastel Artists of DFAC
Superb pastel works of DFAC's faculty and students.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
Friday, May 13th, 2011 - 6-9pm ($5 admission - Members FREE)
Doug Dawson Pastel Workshop - May 12, 13 & 14, 2011
All at the Dunedin Fine Art Center - 1143 Michigan Blvd. - Dunedin, FL - 727.298.DFAC -

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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Thursday, May 26, 2011
New Work: Pareid

Pareidis a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.

WTCA proudly announces art work straight from the varied studios of local artists and seen in the area for the very first time. This highly energetic exhibition affords the viewer a rare opportunity to see the very latest work of over 10 of today's most exciting and innovative early career artists working in installations, photography, sculpture, mixed media. An event not to be missed.

Highlights of the exhibition include a David Smith sculpture and chromogenic installation of time exploding; a series of diaristic saturated scenes illuminating the dark reality of maintained existence through substance by Jillian Corey Katz; a Keith Parsons photographic mural of the personal transitions through the death of his closest grandmother; new 4x5 negative dark nightmare-in-wonderland photographs from Emelle Lee; a large scale Leslie Upham sculpture based on the merging of organic life with constructed reality; Tina Koufas-Eisenbacher's transparency layered predictions of greyhounds in gas masks populating anti-worlds to come; and sculptural work of the visceral comfort in between these realities by Emily Silvis. Live music and contiguous film installation by DJFUEGO.

New Work: Pareidwill be on view May 13th through June 10th, 2011, with opening reception on Friday, May 13, 7:00P.M. to 12:00 A.M.

Additionally, studios of the artists/professionals of Santaella will also be open. Please join us for appetizers, Donation Bar. Free and open to the public. A donation of $3 is deeply appreciated.
West Tampa Center for the Arts (WTCA)
in the historic former Santaella Cigar Factory
1906 N. Armenia Ave. (corner of Spruce)
Tampa, FL 33607

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Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, May 26, 2011
reasons to be pretty
By Neil Labute
Directed by David M. Jenkins
Extended! May 12 - Jun. 5, 2011
Thu. - Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm
Tickets $24.50
Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Holocaust Through Czech Children's Eyes
On view through Sun., Aug. 28, 2011
This exhibition is a collection of the best works of art from children's art competitions of the Terezin Memorial's Education Department in the Czech Republic. Its title indicates that the paintings are very special because the artists are young, 11-17 years old. As one views the particular paintings, it is seen that despite their youth, the children know exactly how to choose the subject to depict the theme of the Holocaust accurately, what color to use to express certain atmosphere and mood, and how to make the artwork more interesting. Although they are young, they try to look at the Holocaust events without averting their eyes.
The paintings of The Holocaust Through Czech Children's Eyes follow a line, and this line is like a narration to a very sad story. The story of lost childhood, lost toys, lost mothers and fathers, lost families, lost freedom - almost all of the tragedies are described here. Despite all the terror, one can visualize a small glimmer of hope hidden in the pictures, hope actually being the theme of the last painting.

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Event Title: Our Town
Where: Dali Museum
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM EST
New Series @ the Dalí - Our Town: Conversations with St. Pete Mythmakers: Peter Meinke, St. Petersburg Poet Laureate
Thursday, May 26, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Our Town is a once-a-month conversation with a notable St. Pete mythmaker. Host Dr. Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, will converse with these local heroes about their visions, accomplishments, and contributions to shaping the identity of our town. Where else but at the Dalí Museum - which showcases the mythmaking of artist Salvador Dalí - to honor the people of our city and its surroundings who are building the greatness which is St. Petersburg? This month's guest: Peter Meinke, St. Petersburg Poet Laureate Cost: Free to all. Series takes place in the Theater. Come early for tapas and copas at Café Gala.

Upcoming: May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29
Once-a-month conversation with notable St. Pete mythmaker.
April 28-September 29
Last Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:45 pm
April 28
Andy Barnes - legendary editor fo the St. Petersburg Times
Upcoming: May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25, September 29

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Where: The Palladium
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM EST
All Star Jazz Trio: Drexler | Hamilton | Loomer, at the Side Door
Thurs., 5/26, 7:30 p.m.

Richard Drexler, piano; T-Bone Hamilton, bass; Kenny Loomer, drums

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