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Friday, June 3, 2011
Event Title: Arnold Mesches
Where: Mindy Solomon Gallery
Friday, June 3, 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

OPENING RECEPTION:
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
www.mindysolomon.com
727.502.0852 - info@mindysolomon.com


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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Friday, June 3, 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 - www.dfac.org


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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Friday, June 3, 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
813.453.4381

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Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, June 3, 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
Friday, June 3, 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: YDP '11
Where: Gorilla Theatre
Friday, June 3, 2011
YDP '11
WORLD PREMIERE JUNE 2-12, 2011
A new generation of playwrights is about to meet its audience. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now! Now in its eleventh season, YDP is our annual festival of one-act plays written by teens. Five plays are chosen to receive a full production with professional dramaturge, directors, designers and actors. Their premiere performance forms the final show of the Gorilla's 2010-11 season. YDP is always exciting and provocative, and this year is no exception. If you're looking for drama, comedy and philosophy all in one evening, look no further! Call (813) 879-2914 or visit our website for reservations. YDP '11 is dedicated to the memory of Aubrey Hampton, who started the project eleven years ago in order to nurture a new generation of playwrights. ! YDP '11 CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS

DATES AND TIMES
Thursday June 2 - 7pm (Writer presentations, free cake and champagne!)
Friday June 3 - 8pm (TALKBACK after the show!)
Saturday June 4 - 8pm
Sunday June 5 - 3pm
Thursday June 9 - 7pm (TALKBACK after the show!)
Friday June 10 - 8pm
Saturday June 11 - 8pm
Sunday June 12 - 3pm
TICKET PRICES Thursdays: Full price admission: $20 Seniors (55 or older): $15 Adult Students with ID: $15 (Student rush $10) High school / Middle school students: $5
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Full price admission: $25 Seniors (55 or older): $20 Adult Students with ID: $20 (Student rush $10) High school / Middle school students: $5
THIS YEAR'S PLAYS:
Have You Ever?
by Jaime O'Brien
(Academy of the Holy Names)
Teacher: Ms. Edie LeBas
Directed by Christopher Rutherford
A colorful pastiche of country club politics and snobbery.

One Summer
by Jennifer van Gelder
(Shorecrest Preparatory School)
Teacher: Mr. William Leavengood
Directed by Gigi Jennewein
High school friends grow up - and apart - when their relationship undergoes a profound change.

Waiting for Abigail
by Ana Krsmanovic and Hannah Mribiha
(Northeast High School/American Stage writing program):
Teacher: Mr. Steve Garland
Directed by Megan Lamasney
A nifty tale of three men a in a hospital waiting room who have more in common than they thought.

Hermosa Extrano: Beautiful Stranger
by Zachary Mullen
(Freedom High School/Teen Actors' Gang @ the Gorilla)
Teacher: Ms. Jenny Holden
Directed by Roxanne Fay
A complex psychosexual drama with a poetic flavor.

Just the Beginning
by Emily Pittman
(H. B. Plant High School)
Teacher: Mr. Teryle Traver
Directed by Chris Jackson
What do characters do when their writer takes a break? A lighthearted look at reality and identity.



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Event Title: Goin’ Hollywood
Where: New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
Friday, June 3, 2011
"Goin' Hollywood"
A starry celebration of all those glorious movie musicals including a fast-forward tribute to "The Wizard of Oz".

Songs include "The Boy Next Door", "Singin' in the Rain", "The Man That Got Away", "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" and many, many more.

It's Hollywood or bust!

This show is approximately 2 hours with a 20-minute intermission.
General Admission Seating, Cash Bar Available.

Performances are June 2-5 & 9-12
Tickets are $25 and can be reserved online at www.newamericantheater.org , or by calling 727-575-9241.


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