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Sunday, May 1, 2011
Where: The Palladium
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST
Creation Dance Championships
Sun., 5/1,10 a.m. until at least 6 p.m., come and go as you please
Free and Open to the public
http://www.creationdancechamps.com/
Creation is an adjudicated dance competition that helps to promote the learning and development of young dancers. Creation has been touring the country and raising the standard in the competitive world of dance for over 13 years. Call Box Office for time.


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Event Title: Pottery Exhibits
Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Hundreds of Years in the Making - Pottery Exhibits Make Waves at the Dunedin Fine Art Center

International attendees to the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and our local communities will be treated to a vibrant range of ceramic exhibitions in the Tampa Bay Area during March and April. The Dunedin Fine Art Center features three outstanding examples in their spring exhibitons: Frozen in Fire, Timeless and From the Ground UP.

In his guide to the ceramic art of the American Southwest, entitled Preserved By Chance, Robert Drapkin writes: "The ceramic art of the American southwest prior to the first European contact is the pure expression of the life, culture and thinking of the first American artists. It is fine art that ranks among the most creative and important art objects ever produced." In Timeless, the Dunedin Fine Art Center is honored to present select pieces of prehistoric southwest American Indian pottery from the Drapkin Collection.

In contrast to these ancient treasures, Frozen in Fire: Crystalline Waves features an international juried exhibition of contemporary ceramic works specializing in crystalline glaze techniques. Crystalline artists Ginny Conrow, Diane Creber and John Tilton made up the distinguished jury panel that selected the 68 works on display.

The third exhibition, From the Ground UP: DFAC Clay Works, features outstanding ceramic works of DFAC's faculty and students, acknowledging NCECA's and DFAC's shared educational missions.
03/25/11 - 05/01/11 - Douglas-Whitely Gallery
Frozen in Fire: Crystalline Waves
The latest Crystalline Glazed pottery from around the world.
03/25/11 - 05/01/11 - Entel Family Gallery
Timeless: Prehistoric Southwest American Indian Pottery from the Drapkin Collection
Featured selections from the Drapkin Collection.
03/25/11 - 05/01/11 - Meta Brown Gallery
From the Ground UP: DFAC Clay Works
Outstanding ceramic works of DFAC's faculty and students, acknowledging NCECA's and DFAC's shared educational missions.

Crystalline Panel Discussion and Reception
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 6-9pm
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 6-9pm ($5 admission - Members FREE)
All at the Dunedin Fine Art Center - 1143 Michigan Blvd. - Dunedin, FL - 727.298.DFAC - www.dfac.org

Galleries & Gift Shop Hours:
Mon.- Fri. 10am-5pm - Sat. 10am-2pm - Sun. 1-4pm
Gallery Admission FREE

Palm Café Hours:
Mon.- Fri. 9am-2pm - Saturday 10am - 2pm

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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 1, 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: URBAN / GORILLA
Where: Gorilla Theatre
Sunday, May 1, 2011
URBAN / GORILLA
Two weeks, two unforgettable performances
April 21 - May 1, 2011
The Gorilla Theatre presents two outstanding one-man shows in a mini-festival we're calling URBAN / GORILLA.

URBAN:
JAILS, HOSPITALS AND HIP HOP
by Danny Hoch
starring Curtis Belz
Jails, Hospitals and Hip Hop is a one-man tour de force that wows audiences and critics alike. Curtis Belz brings New York City's rich oral traditions alive as he transforms into a variety of colorful and powerfully dynamic characters.
If you missed this production at the Straz Center, HCC or Ruth Eckerd Hall, now's your chance. If you saw it, then we know you want to see it again.
GORILLA:
A REPORT TO AN ACADEMY
by Franz Kafka
starring Drew Valins
Kafka's riveting short story A Report to an Academy is brought to life in a stunning adaptation by Drew Valins.
Valins details his transformation from ape to human, from the horrors of being snatched into captivity and held within a confining cage to the realization that he must become something he is not in order to obtain something like freedom.
Finally, an ape on the Gorilla stage! A gripping must-see!

TICKET PRICES
Save by seeing both plays (same day)
On Thursdays:
ONE PLAY: Full Price $20 / Students & Seniors $15 / Student Rush $10, 30 minutes before the show whenever we are not sold out.
BOTH PLAYS: Full Price $30 / Students & Seniors $20
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:
ONE PLAY: Full Price $25 / Students & Seniors $20 / Student Rush $10, 30 minutes before the show whenever we are not sold out.
BOTH PLAYS: Full Price $35 / Students & Seniors $25


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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Richard Notkin: Ceramic Sculptures
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - Sunday, May 1, 2011

The focus of this Museum curated exhibition of Notkin's work is to provide social commentary on war, human rights violations and genocide
and to encourage dialogue about the avoidance of conflict. The goal of the exhibition is to illicit an emotional and intellectual response that may
inspire viewers to "take action" in their communities. The exhibition will consist of Notkin's tile murals, teapots, sculpture and installations. An
Opening Reception
Sat., Mar. 19, 2011, 7 p.m.

The evening includes the opportunity to meet the artist, Richard Notkin, and view the exhibition.
Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Cost to attend: Free for Museum members; $9 for guests. Guest admission may be applied to Museum membership during the evening.
Please call 727.820.0100, ext. 236 to make your reservation.



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Event Title: Fambol Tok
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Fambol Tok
Photo exhibition
On view Sat., Mar. 26, 2011 - Sun., May 1, 2011
Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone's brutal war come face to face in an unprecedented reconciliation program of grassroots truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Fambul Tok will
change the way you think about Africa, inviting you to examine your own life - and what the power of forgiveness can accomplish.


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Monday, May 2, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 2, 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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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Monday, May 2, 2011
Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.
Spring Members' Exhibition
at West Tampa Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Friday April 15, 7 - 10 pm
West Tampa Center for the Arts
1906 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa 33607
MORE: The exhibit will be on display through May 6th.
Gallery hours M-F, 10am-4pm.




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Event Title: Exploring the Ideal
Where: Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida
Monday, May 2, 2011
Exploring the Ideal at the Centre Gallery
Issues of Feminine Beauty

What is an ideal body? We see a certain standard of beauty engrained in society, but how does it affect everyday individuals, especially women?

From May 2 to May 6 the Centre Gallery will present ideal, an exhibition by artist Amy Royale, which exposes an autobiographical account of the psychological and physical struggles she experienced due to weight related issues. Viewers will be confronted with the uncomfortable, be exposed to the struggles of female body image, and experience a non-traditional beauty. They will be exposed to something raw, beautiful, and powerful.

As Royale recounts, "I struggled with my weight and the way people perceived me my entire life. After I had weight-loss surgery, I had to tell people about it. Their reactions roused frustration and anger in me. I created this work to confront them and deal with the issues I have with my body."

A closing reception for ideal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Centre Gallery at the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public.
Amy Royale will be graduating in December of 2011 with two Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. She will thereafter attend graduate school to obtain a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.
For more information about the Centre Gallery please call 813-974-5464 or email CentreGallery@admin.usf.edu.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 3, 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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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.
Spring Members' Exhibition
at West Tampa Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Friday April 15, 7 - 10 pm
West Tampa Center for the Arts
1906 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa 33607
MORE: The exhibit will be on display through May 6th.
Gallery hours M-F, 10am-4pm.




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Event Title: Exploring the Ideal
Where: Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Exploring the Ideal at the Centre Gallery
Issues of Feminine Beauty

What is an ideal body? We see a certain standard of beauty engrained in society, but how does it affect everyday individuals, especially women?

From May 2 to May 6 the Centre Gallery will present ideal, an exhibition by artist Amy Royale, which exposes an autobiographical account of the psychological and physical struggles she experienced due to weight related issues. Viewers will be confronted with the uncomfortable, be exposed to the struggles of female body image, and experience a non-traditional beauty. They will be exposed to something raw, beautiful, and powerful.

As Royale recounts, "I struggled with my weight and the way people perceived me my entire life. After I had weight-loss surgery, I had to tell people about it. Their reactions roused frustration and anger in me. I created this work to confront them and deal with the issues I have with my body."

A closing reception for ideal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Centre Gallery at the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public.
Amy Royale will be graduating in December of 2011 with two Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. She will thereafter attend graduate school to obtain a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.
For more information about the Centre Gallery please call 813-974-5464 or email CentreGallery@admin.usf.edu.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Wednesday, May 4, 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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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.
Spring Members' Exhibition
at West Tampa Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Friday April 15, 7 - 10 pm
West Tampa Center for the Arts
1906 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa 33607
MORE: The exhibit will be on display through May 6th.
Gallery hours M-F, 10am-4pm.




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Event Title: Exploring the Ideal
Where: Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Exploring the Ideal at the Centre Gallery
Issues of Feminine Beauty

What is an ideal body? We see a certain standard of beauty engrained in society, but how does it affect everyday individuals, especially women?

From May 2 to May 6 the Centre Gallery will present ideal, an exhibition by artist Amy Royale, which exposes an autobiographical account of the psychological and physical struggles she experienced due to weight related issues. Viewers will be confronted with the uncomfortable, be exposed to the struggles of female body image, and experience a non-traditional beauty. They will be exposed to something raw, beautiful, and powerful.

As Royale recounts, "I struggled with my weight and the way people perceived me my entire life. After I had weight-loss surgery, I had to tell people about it. Their reactions roused frustration and anger in me. I created this work to confront them and deal with the issues I have with my body."

A closing reception for ideal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Centre Gallery at the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public.
Amy Royale will be graduating in December of 2011 with two Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. She will thereafter attend graduate school to obtain a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.
For more information about the Centre Gallery please call 813-974-5464 or email CentreGallery@admin.usf.edu.

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Where: Dali Museum
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Theater @ the Dalí - My Unspeakable Confessions: Gala Dalí Declines to Explain Herself
May 4 & 6 at 8:00 p.m. Galleries open at 7 p.m.
A one act touching on secrets, fears, promises and lies and told through Gala Dalí's fascinating relationship with the Tarot. With genius and with madness, Ms. Jones' words bring our sense and sensitivity to a boiling point, allowing Gala to speak without apology. Actress Fay utilizes her masterful ability to shift into others' beings and ferociously lets Gala, blunt, and often ungentle, explain her lifeÖor not. Written by Heather L. Jones, performed by Roxanne Fay. Both Ms. Jones and Ms. Fay (with Aleshea Harris) are the founders of Blue Scarf Collective, a writers' and artists' collaborative in the Tampa Bay area. The play will continue to travel world-wide after this premiere. A second performance will be on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Cost: $15.00 or $12.00 (Dalí members, students). Tickets available online, by clicking here <https://thedali.obsres.com/Info.aspx?EventID=4>. Tickets may also be available at door. Third floor admittance to galleries available starting at 7 p.m. for an additional $5.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 5, 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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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.
Spring Members' Exhibition
at West Tampa Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Friday April 15, 7 - 10 pm
West Tampa Center for the Arts
1906 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa 33607
MORE: The exhibit will be on display through May 6th.
Gallery hours M-F, 10am-4pm.




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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 5, 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: Exploring the Ideal
Where: Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Exploring the Ideal at the Centre Gallery
Issues of Feminine Beauty

What is an ideal body? We see a certain standard of beauty engrained in society, but how does it affect everyday individuals, especially women?

From May 2 to May 6 the Centre Gallery will present ideal, an exhibition by artist Amy Royale, which exposes an autobiographical account of the psychological and physical struggles she experienced due to weight related issues. Viewers will be confronted with the uncomfortable, be exposed to the struggles of female body image, and experience a non-traditional beauty. They will be exposed to something raw, beautiful, and powerful.

As Royale recounts, "I struggled with my weight and the way people perceived me my entire life. After I had weight-loss surgery, I had to tell people about it. Their reactions roused frustration and anger in me. I created this work to confront them and deal with the issues I have with my body."

A closing reception for ideal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Centre Gallery at the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public.
Amy Royale will be graduating in December of 2011 with two Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. She will thereafter attend graduate school to obtain a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.
For more information about the Centre Gallery please call 813-974-5464 or email CentreGallery@admin.usf.edu.

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Where: Dali Museum
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Dalí & Beyond Film Series

Silvia Munt's Gala

Thursday, March 3, 6:00 p.m
Never released in the U.S., Catalan actress Sylvia Munt chose to tell the tale no one else would tell, the difficult life of Dalí's wife and muse, Gala. This documentary explores the surprising and extraordinary life of Gala Dalí, born Elena Dimitrievna Diakonova, as one of the most influential and puzzling muses of the 20th century, and an iconic figure in her own right. (2003, Spanish and French with English subtitles, 108 min.; NR probably PG-13) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Luis Buñuel's Viridiana

Thursday, March 17, 6:00 p.m
"After 25 years' exile, Luis Buñuel was invited to his native Spain to direct Viridiana -- only to have the Spanish government suppress the film on the grounds of blasphemy and obscenity. Regarded by many as Buñuel's crowning achievement, the film centers on an idealistic young nun named Viridiana (Silvia Pinal). Just before taking her final vows, Viridiana is forced by her mother superior to visit her wealthy uncle Don Jaime (Fernando Rey), who has "selflessly" provided for the girl over the years. She has always considered Don Jaime an unspeakable beast, so she is surprised when he graciously welcomes her into his home. Just as graciously, he sets about to corrupt Viridiana beyond redemption -- all because the girl resembles his late wife. It is always hard to select the most outrageous scene in any Buñuel film; our candidate in Viridiana is the devastating "Last Supper" tableau consisting of beggars, thieves, and degenerates. As joltingly brilliant today as on its first release, Viridiana won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival." -- Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide (1961, Spanish with English subtitles, 90 min.; NR probably PG-13) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Hitchcock's Spellbound
Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m
"Alfred Hitchcock takes on Sigmund Freud in this thriller in which psychologist Ingrid Bergman tries to solve a murder by unlocking the clues hidden in the mind of amnesiac suspect Gregory Peck. Among the highlights is a bizarre dream sequence designed by Salvador Dalí--complete with huge eyeballs and pointy scissors. Although the film is in black and white, the original release contained one subliminal blood-red frame, appearing when a gun pointed directly at the camera goes off. Spellbound is one of Hitchcock's strangest and most atmospheric films, providing the director with plenty of opportunities to explore what he called "pure cinema"--i.e., the power of pure visual associations. Miklós Rózsa's haunting score (which features a creepy theremin) won an Oscar, and the movie was nominated for best picture, director, supporting actor (Michael Chekhov), cinematography, and special visual effects." --Jim Emerson, Amazon (1945; 111 min.; NR probably PG) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)
Tim Burton's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m
"Paul Reubens stars as his popular character Pee-Wee in a comedy he also co-wrote. The basic premise has Pee-Wee looking for his lost bike, but the plot is really just a good excuse to see this brilliant comic display his virtuosity in some highly original, often hilarious sequences. Danny Elfman contributes a distinctively quirky musical score. With Phil Hartman, James Brolin, Jan Hooks and Morgan Fairchild." Facets (1985, 92 min.; PG). Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Un Chien Andalou / Le Pink Grapefruit
Thursday, May 5, 6:00 p.m
Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí's Un Chien Andalou: Fledging director Luis Buñuel and painter Salvador Dalí create this ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to shock and provoke. During the course of the film, we witness a close-up of a woman's eye being slashed open with a razor; a man dragging a piano, two bishops, and a pair of rotting asses across a room; ants swarming around a hole in a man's palm; and sundry severed limbs and gratuitous slayings. Though this was originally a silent film, Buñuel later added a recorded score consisting of Liebestod from Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde and a number of popular tangos of the time. (1929, 17 min., NR probably PG13) Lawrence Halprin's Le Pink Grapefruit: This striking half-hour film documents the visit of the Dalí Museum founders-A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse-with the artist in Figueres and Port Lligat just after he opened his museum, the Teatro Museu Dalí. An intimate, revealing look at the artist in his homeland. (1976, 27 min., NR probably G) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Guillermo del Toro's Devil's Backbone
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m
A supernatural melodrama by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. "Seething passions, wandering ghosts, and an unexploded bomb fill this beautifully filmed tale of war and suspense. During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all. A rich, satisfying drama with some good, spooky fun thrown in." -- Ali Davis, Amazon Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater

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Friday, May 6, 2011
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Where: Dali Museum
Friday, May 6, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza

O Som Do Jazz

Friday, April 22, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for the first installment of our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: Presented by the nonprofit organization EMIT, O Som Do Jazz recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian Bossa Nova & samba-jazz. The sextet features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson. Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: TBD
Friday, April 29, Noon - 2:00 p.m

Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: The Jim Morey Band
Friday, May 6, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: The Jim Morey Band is a 4 piece band playing original jazz flavored roots and funky music with one hand in Storyville, New Orleans and the other picking confetti out of Tom Wait's old hat. www.jimmorey.com Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Rebekah Pulley
Friday, May 13, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: Rebekah Pulley has been writing, recording and performing her blend of indie-folk and Americana music for well over a decade now. Her haunting vocals and poetic lyrics have made her a favorite among fans and critics alike. Along the way, she has garnered 5 BEST OF THE BAY awards from Tampa's Creative Loafing, including Best Singer/Songwriter and Best Acoustic Act. www.rebekahpulley.com Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Jim Morey Band
Friday, May 20, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Sasha Tuck
Friday, May 27, Noon - 2:00 p.m


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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Friday, May 6, 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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Where: West Tampa Center for the Arts
Friday, May 6, 2011
Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance, Inc.
Spring Members' Exhibition
at West Tampa Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Friday April 15, 7 - 10 pm
West Tampa Center for the Arts
1906 N. Armenia Ave, Tampa 33607
MORE: The exhibit will be on display through May 6th.
Gallery hours M-F, 10am-4pm.




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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Friday, May 6, 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: SARA SINGS STREISAND
Where: New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
Friday, May 6, 2011
NAT CABARET SERIES presents "SARA SINGS STREISAND"
May 6 & 7 @ 8:00pm
May 8 @ 6:30pm
Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved online at www.newamericantheater.org , or by calling 727-575-9241.
Featuring Sara DelBeato with Michael Ursua
Looking for something exciting to do Mothers Day Weekend?
Come join Sara DelBeato and Michael Ursua as they celebrate the diva songstress, Barbra Streisand. Chock full of your favorite Streisand tunes, and plenty of tidbits for you to share at cocktail parties!
New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
183 2nd Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
www.newamericantheater.org




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Event Title: Exploring the Ideal
Where: Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida
Friday, May 6, 2011
Exploring the Ideal at the Centre Gallery
Issues of Feminine Beauty

What is an ideal body? We see a certain standard of beauty engrained in society, but how does it affect everyday individuals, especially women?

From May 2 to May 6 the Centre Gallery will present ideal, an exhibition by artist Amy Royale, which exposes an autobiographical account of the psychological and physical struggles she experienced due to weight related issues. Viewers will be confronted with the uncomfortable, be exposed to the struggles of female body image, and experience a non-traditional beauty. They will be exposed to something raw, beautiful, and powerful.

As Royale recounts, "I struggled with my weight and the way people perceived me my entire life. After I had weight-loss surgery, I had to tell people about it. Their reactions roused frustration and anger in me. I created this work to confront them and deal with the issues I have with my body."

A closing reception for ideal will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Centre Gallery at the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public.
Amy Royale will be graduating in December of 2011 with two Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. She will thereafter attend graduate school to obtain a Master's of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.
For more information about the Centre Gallery please call 813-974-5464 or email CentreGallery@admin.usf.edu.

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Where: Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa
Friday, May 6, 2011
Time: 7:30 PM EST
FREE Pops in the Park Concert
Pack a picnic basket to enjoy a free Pops in the Park Concert under the stars with The Florida Orchestra and guest conductor Joseph Mechavich in a program of fun and familiar symphonic favorites by Brahms, Lecuona, Saint-Saens and others, along with highlights from Rogers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, Bernstein's West Side Story, Gershwin's Porgy & Bess and John Williams' Star Wars Symphonic Suite. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's ever-popular 1812 Overture. Tampa Bay Harvest will be on hand to collect concertgoers' much appreciated canned food donations for their food bank services in the Tampa Bay area.
Fri, May 6, 7:30 pm
Curtis Hixon Park, Tampa


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Where: Dali Museum
Friday, May 6, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Theater @ the Dalí - My Unspeakable Confessions: Gala Dalí Declines to Explain Herself
May 4 & 6 at 8:00 p.m. Galleries open at 7 p.m.
A one act touching on secrets, fears, promises and lies and told through Gala Dalí's fascinating relationship with the Tarot. With genius and with madness, Ms. Jones' words bring our sense and sensitivity to a boiling point, allowing Gala to speak without apology. Actress Fay utilizes her masterful ability to shift into others' beings and ferociously lets Gala, blunt, and often ungentle, explain her lifeÖor not. Written by Heather L. Jones, performed by Roxanne Fay. Both Ms. Jones and Ms. Fay (with Aleshea Harris) are the founders of Blue Scarf Collective, a writers' and artists' collaborative in the Tampa Bay area. The play will continue to travel world-wide after this premiere. A second performance will be on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. Cost: $15.00 or $12.00 (Dalí members, students). Tickets available online, by clicking here <https://thedali.obsres.com/Info.aspx?EventID=4>. Tickets may also be available at door. Third floor admittance to galleries available starting at 7 p.m. for an additional $5.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Saturday, May 7, 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
Saturday, May 7, 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: Florida Holocaust Museum
Saturday, May 7, 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: SARA SINGS STREISAND
Where: New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
Saturday, May 7, 2011
NAT CABARET SERIES presents "SARA SINGS STREISAND"
May 6 & 7 @ 8:00pm
May 8 @ 6:30pm
Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved online at www.newamericantheater.org , or by calling 727-575-9241.
Featuring Sara DelBeato with Michael Ursua
Looking for something exciting to do Mothers Day Weekend?
Come join Sara DelBeato and Michael Ursua as they celebrate the diva songstress, Barbra Streisand. Chock full of your favorite Streisand tunes, and plenty of tidbits for you to share at cocktail parties!
New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
183 2nd Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
www.newamericantheater.org




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Where: The Palladium
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM EST
Pinellas Youth Symphony
Sat., 5/7, 3 p.m.

http://www.pysmusic.org/
Symphonic Strings, Pinellas Youth Philharmonic, Serenade Strings and Pinellas Youth Symphony.


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Sunday, May 8, 2011
Mother's Day
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 8, 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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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 8, 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: SARA SINGS STREISAND
Where: New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
Sunday, May 8, 2011
NAT CABARET SERIES presents "SARA SINGS STREISAND"
May 6 & 7 @ 8:00pm
May 8 @ 6:30pm
Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved online at www.newamericantheater.org , or by calling 727-575-9241.
Featuring Sara DelBeato with Michael Ursua
Looking for something exciting to do Mothers Day Weekend?
Come join Sara DelBeato and Michael Ursua as they celebrate the diva songstress, Barbra Streisand. Chock full of your favorite Streisand tunes, and plenty of tidbits for you to share at cocktail parties!
New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
183 2nd Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
www.newamericantheater.org




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Monday, May 9, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 9, 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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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 9, 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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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 10, 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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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 10, 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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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Wednesday, May 11, 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
Wednesday, May 11, 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: Florida Holocaust Museum
Wednesday, May 11, 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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Where: Dali Museum
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Dalí's Birthday Party
Wednesday, May 11th, ALL DAY
First 100 visitors through the door get a special treat! FREE admission if May 11 is your birthday (Please bring ID!) The Museum keeps Dalí's spirit alive by celebrating his birthday each year. This year, his 107th, we are offering free admission to anyone whose birthday is May 11, plus a free gift to the first 100 people in the door that day. The day continues with a special treat for sale in Café Gala, a 10% discount that day only on Family memberships, and a giant birthday mural for kids and their families to complete. Scheduled Activiites: 11:00am - 12:00pm & 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Pin the mustache on Dali, Tarot Reading (Dali's wife Gala read the Tarot) and Palm Reading Celebrate by giving: Dali Museum Blood Drive 11:00am - 3:30pm: Everyone who donates gets a free keychain and T-Shirt! All activities are free with museum admission.

Thursday, May 12, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 12, 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 12, 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: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 12, 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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Friday, May 13, 2011
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Where: Dali Museum
Friday, May 13, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza

O Som Do Jazz

Friday, April 22, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for the first installment of our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: Presented by the nonprofit organization EMIT, O Som Do Jazz recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian Bossa Nova & samba-jazz. The sextet features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson. Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: TBD
Friday, April 29, Noon - 2:00 p.m

Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: The Jim Morey Band
Friday, May 6, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: The Jim Morey Band is a 4 piece band playing original jazz flavored roots and funky music with one hand in Storyville, New Orleans and the other picking confetti out of Tom Wait's old hat. www.jimmorey.com Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Rebekah Pulley
Friday, May 13, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: Rebekah Pulley has been writing, recording and performing her blend of indie-folk and Americana music for well over a decade now. Her haunting vocals and poetic lyrics have made her a favorite among fans and critics alike. Along the way, she has garnered 5 BEST OF THE BAY awards from Tampa's Creative Loafing, including Best Singer/Songwriter and Best Acoustic Act. www.rebekahpulley.com Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Jim Morey Band
Friday, May 20, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Sasha Tuck
Friday, May 27, Noon - 2:00 p.m


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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Friday, May 13, 2011
Peace/War, Survival/Extinction: An Artist's Plea for Sanity
On view Fri., Mar. 11 - Mon., May 31, 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
Friday, May 13, 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, May 13, 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, May 13, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Friday, May 13, 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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Where: various
Friday, May 13, 2011
Masterworks
Bruckner's Romantic Symphony

Stefan Sanderling, conductor
ADAMS: Doctor Atomic Symphony
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, Romantic
The evening opens with John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony with its pervasive sense of fear about the atomic bomb. This is followed by Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, "Romantic," with its luscious colors, glittering melodies and triumphant symphonic exultations.
Fri, May 13, 2011, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall
Sat, May 14, 2011, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, May 15, 2011, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67
Pre-Concert Conversation: All Masterworks programs offer a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain.

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Where: New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
Friday, May 13, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST
"THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER"
May 13 & 14 @ 8:00pm
Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved online at www.newamericantheater.org , or by calling 727-575-9241.
Featuring Becca McCoy with James Weaver
Becca McCoy went from being an actor in Chicago to a stay at home mom in Palatka, FL, overnight, and lived to tell the tale. In song. The new cabaret, THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER is at NAT's BayWalk Cabaret Space after a successful debut in the Palladium!

If Erma Bombeck had Jane Curtain's dryness, Demetri Martin's Large Pad, and a 4 1/2 octave range, you'd get THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER.

In this hour-long cabaret, go on a journey of coping and self-discovery in a town full of quirks, none of which are lost on a person as observant as Becca McCoy. Featuring an eclectic array of songs, from Jason Robert Brown to Stephen Sondheim to Indigo Girls to Jerome Kern, all sung in Becca's inimitable style.


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Saturday, May 14, 2011
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Event Title: Coppelia
Where: The Palladium
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Florida West Ballet presents Coppelia
Sat., 5/14, 2 & 7 p.m.

30th Anniversary Celebration
http://www.floridawestballet.com/
Florida West Ballet alumni and guest artists join the rest of the company as they perform Coppelia. This comic tale of mistaken identity, jealous mischief and a case of love-sickness will delight audiences of all ages...special group rate available for children attending the 2 p.m. matinee by calling the Palladium box office (727) 822-3590.


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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Saturday, May 14, 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
Saturday, May 14, 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
Saturday, May 14, 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
Saturday, May 14, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Saturday, May 14, 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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Where: various
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Masterworks
Bruckner's Romantic Symphony

Stefan Sanderling, conductor
ADAMS: Doctor Atomic Symphony
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, Romantic
The evening opens with John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony with its pervasive sense of fear about the atomic bomb. This is followed by Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, "Romantic," with its luscious colors, glittering melodies and triumphant symphonic exultations.
Fri, May 13, 2011, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall
Sat, May 14, 2011, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, May 15, 2011, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67
Pre-Concert Conversation: All Masterworks programs offer a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain.

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Where: New American Theater Center @ BayWalk
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST
"THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER"
May 13 & 14 @ 8:00pm
Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved online at www.newamericantheater.org , or by calling 727-575-9241.
Featuring Becca McCoy with James Weaver
Becca McCoy went from being an actor in Chicago to a stay at home mom in Palatka, FL, overnight, and lived to tell the tale. In song. The new cabaret, THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER is at NAT's BayWalk Cabaret Space after a successful debut in the Palladium!

If Erma Bombeck had Jane Curtain's dryness, Demetri Martin's Large Pad, and a 4 1/2 octave range, you'd get THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER.

In this hour-long cabaret, go on a journey of coping and self-discovery in a town full of quirks, none of which are lost on a person as observant as Becca McCoy. Featuring an eclectic array of songs, from Jason Robert Brown to Stephen Sondheim to Indigo Girls to Jerome Kern, all sung in Becca's inimitable style.


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Sunday, May 15, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 15, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Sunday, May 15, 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
Sunday, May 15, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 15, 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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Where: various
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Masterworks
Bruckner's Romantic Symphony

Stefan Sanderling, conductor
ADAMS: Doctor Atomic Symphony
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major, Romantic
The evening opens with John Adams' Doctor Atomic Symphony with its pervasive sense of fear about the atomic bomb. This is followed by Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, "Romantic," with its luscious colors, glittering melodies and triumphant symphonic exultations.
Fri, May 13, 2011, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall
Sat, May 14, 2011, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, May 15, 2011, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67
Pre-Concert Conversation: All Masterworks programs offer a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain.

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Where: The Palladium
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Flat Earth Society plus Stolen Idols, Latin Jazz and Exotica
Sun., 5/15, 7 p.m.


Fifteen-piece Belgian big band Flat Earth Society is the sonic equivalent of a freak show-weird, wonderful and like nothing you've come across before.
All About Jazz
http://www.fes.be/indexEN.html
Belgian big band The Flat Earth Society comes to the Palladium for a very rare U.S. performance. The music of this massive, fifteen piece Belgian ensemble shifts from strictly written sheet music to liberating improvisation.


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Monday, May 16, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 16, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Monday, May 16, 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
Monday, May 16, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 16, 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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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 17, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Tuesday, May 17, 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
Tuesday, May 17, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 17, 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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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM EST
FREE Coffee and Conversation with Brooke Allison at the Dunedin Fine Art Center.

Hanging out, drinking delicious coffee, talking about artÖ ahhhh, that's the life! Well, that IS the life at least for an hour or so each month at the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Coffee and Conversation series. Enjoy FREE coffee (Presented by the Sterling Society of DFAC) and FREE insights as each month's invited guest holds forth on their own area of expertise. This month only, due to scheduling conflicts, the conversation takes place on the third Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, May 18th at 12 noon, the series hosts renowned artist Brooke Allison. Brooke, a long-time DFAC faculty member, is currently featured with a retrospective exhibition at DFAC on display through June 26th. Her discussion, will focus on her pastel and oil painting as well as her illustrious career.

Brooke Allison received her education from Shimer College, The Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as a member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast - California; the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NYC, NY; and the Florida Artist's Group.

Brooke's paintings have been shown at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Jacksonville Museum of Art and the Butler Institute of American Art. Her artwork and techniques have been featured in Artist's Magazine and Pastel Journal. She is represented in numerous collections.

So stop by for some Coffee & Conversation (both of which are FREE) Or call ahead to the Palm Cafe' (298.DFAC ext 237) and have lunch waiting for you!

Coffee and Conversation with Brooke Allison - Wednesday, May 18th at 12 Noon.

for more info visit www.dfac.org, call 727-298-DFAC, or email kaya@dfac.org
Dunedin Fine Art Center - 1143 Michigan Blvd. - Dunedin, FL 34698


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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Wednesday, May 18, 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
Wednesday, May 18, 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
Wednesday, May 18, 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
Wednesday, May 18, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Wednesday, May 18, 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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Thursday, May 19, 2011
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Where: Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM EST
SERIES FINALE
Coffee Concerts
Alastair's Choice

Alastair Willis, conductor
PUCCINI: Introduction to Act III of Madame Butterfly
DVORAK: Symphony No. 9 (4th mvmt, excerpt)
ROSSINI: Overture to William Tell
GLIÈRE: Russian Sailor's Dance from The Red Poppy
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1: Morning Mood
SIBELIUS: Karelia Suite: March
VERDI: La Forza del Destino Overture
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas Brasileras No. 4: Prelude
PIAZZOLLA/MARTURET: Oblivión
ALOMÍA ROBLES/GONZÁLEZ: El Condor Pasa
BERNSTEIN/PERESS: West Side Story Overture
ELGAR: Enigma Variations: Finale
Featuring Verdi's Forza del Destino Overture, Gliere's Russian Sailors Dance, and Piazzolla's Tango No. 2, Alastair Willis conducts this morning Coffee Concert, with complimentary coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts served before the performance.
Thurs, May 19, 2011, 11 am
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Tickets: $24, $29, $34, $42
Pre-Concert Conversation: All Coffee Concert programs offer a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain.

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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 19, 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 19, 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
Thursday, May 19, 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
Thursday, May 19, 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

Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, May 19, 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 19, 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: Show & Tell
Where: University of South Florida
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM EST
Moving Current will offer another Show & Tell during the 2011 NewGrounds week!
Thursday, May 19, 2011, 4:00pm
University of South Florida, Theater 2
Brazz Dance Theater's artistic director Augusto Soledade will help lead our after-the-dance chitchats!!
Please see the attached flyer for details!!
This is a great opportunity for dance fans as well!! Come and join us in the audience Ö it's FREE!! Yea!


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Where: Dali Museum
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Dalí & Beyond Film Series

Silvia Munt's Gala

Thursday, March 3, 6:00 p.m
Never released in the U.S., Catalan actress Sylvia Munt chose to tell the tale no one else would tell, the difficult life of Dalí's wife and muse, Gala. This documentary explores the surprising and extraordinary life of Gala Dalí, born Elena Dimitrievna Diakonova, as one of the most influential and puzzling muses of the 20th century, and an iconic figure in her own right. (2003, Spanish and French with English subtitles, 108 min.; NR probably PG-13) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Luis Buñuel's Viridiana

Thursday, March 17, 6:00 p.m
"After 25 years' exile, Luis Buñuel was invited to his native Spain to direct Viridiana -- only to have the Spanish government suppress the film on the grounds of blasphemy and obscenity. Regarded by many as Buñuel's crowning achievement, the film centers on an idealistic young nun named Viridiana (Silvia Pinal). Just before taking her final vows, Viridiana is forced by her mother superior to visit her wealthy uncle Don Jaime (Fernando Rey), who has "selflessly" provided for the girl over the years. She has always considered Don Jaime an unspeakable beast, so she is surprised when he graciously welcomes her into his home. Just as graciously, he sets about to corrupt Viridiana beyond redemption -- all because the girl resembles his late wife. It is always hard to select the most outrageous scene in any Buñuel film; our candidate in Viridiana is the devastating "Last Supper" tableau consisting of beggars, thieves, and degenerates. As joltingly brilliant today as on its first release, Viridiana won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival." -- Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide (1961, Spanish with English subtitles, 90 min.; NR probably PG-13) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Hitchcock's Spellbound
Thursday, April 7, 6:00 p.m
"Alfred Hitchcock takes on Sigmund Freud in this thriller in which psychologist Ingrid Bergman tries to solve a murder by unlocking the clues hidden in the mind of amnesiac suspect Gregory Peck. Among the highlights is a bizarre dream sequence designed by Salvador Dalí--complete with huge eyeballs and pointy scissors. Although the film is in black and white, the original release contained one subliminal blood-red frame, appearing when a gun pointed directly at the camera goes off. Spellbound is one of Hitchcock's strangest and most atmospheric films, providing the director with plenty of opportunities to explore what he called "pure cinema"--i.e., the power of pure visual associations. Miklós Rózsa's haunting score (which features a creepy theremin) won an Oscar, and the movie was nominated for best picture, director, supporting actor (Michael Chekhov), cinematography, and special visual effects." --Jim Emerson, Amazon (1945; 111 min.; NR probably PG) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)
Tim Burton's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m
"Paul Reubens stars as his popular character Pee-Wee in a comedy he also co-wrote. The basic premise has Pee-Wee looking for his lost bike, but the plot is really just a good excuse to see this brilliant comic display his virtuosity in some highly original, often hilarious sequences. Danny Elfman contributes a distinctively quirky musical score. With Phil Hartman, James Brolin, Jan Hooks and Morgan Fairchild." Facets (1985, 92 min.; PG). Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Un Chien Andalou / Le Pink Grapefruit
Thursday, May 5, 6:00 p.m
Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí's Un Chien Andalou: Fledging director Luis Buñuel and painter Salvador Dalí create this ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to shock and provoke. During the course of the film, we witness a close-up of a woman's eye being slashed open with a razor; a man dragging a piano, two bishops, and a pair of rotting asses across a room; ants swarming around a hole in a man's palm; and sundry severed limbs and gratuitous slayings. Though this was originally a silent film, Buñuel later added a recorded score consisting of Liebestod from Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde and a number of popular tangos of the time. (1929, 17 min., NR probably PG13) Lawrence Halprin's Le Pink Grapefruit: This striking half-hour film documents the visit of the Dalí Museum founders-A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse-with the artist in Figueres and Port Lligat just after he opened his museum, the Teatro Museu Dalí. An intimate, revealing look at the artist in his homeland. (1976, 27 min., NR probably G) Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater)

Guillermo del Toro's Devil's Backbone
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m
A supernatural melodrama by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. "Seething passions, wandering ghosts, and an unexploded bomb fill this beautifully filmed tale of war and suspense. During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all. A rich, satisfying drama with some good, spooky fun thrown in." -- Ali Davis, Amazon Cost: Free to all, Refreshments for sale in Café Gala (Refreshments not permitted n theater

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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Staged Reading of Lullaby,
Thurs., May 19, 6:30 p.m.
at the Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present award-winning filmmaker, opera director, and Clearwater native Kimberly M. Wetherell who will direct a staged reading of her new feature-length script, Lullaby, on Thurs., May 19 at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $9 per person; the event is free to members of the Florida Holocaust Museum.
RSVP to (727) 820-0100, ext. 236.
This one-of-a-kind, 'sneak peek' into the inner workings of a developing feature film will be a multi-media event; including a staged screenplay reading, live musical performances and a short film. It will be followed by an intimate conversation with writer/director/producer, Kimberly M. Wetherell.
Lullaby is the fictional story of Tess O'Keefe, a devout Polish Catholic immigrant living on Florida's lazy Gulf Coast. When she is uprooted to a retirement home after her husband's death, her granddaughter Kathleen stumbles upon a mysterious box revealing Tess' secret past as one of the Poland's hidden children of the Holocaust which causes her fragile tapestry of lies to unravel with excruciating, yet ultimately inspiring, consequences."I'm thrilled to be working with the Florida Holocaust Museum, Executive Director Carolyn Bass and Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Erin Blankenship on this project. It's my honor to offer the museum's members this preview of the production that we're aiming to film right here in the Tampa Bay area", says Wetherell. Ms. Wetherell attended both Gibbs (PCCA) and Clearwater High Schools, and The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. Post-graduation, she has spent more than fifteen years traveling the world, first as an opera director and subsequently, as a film director and producer; collecting several awards for her short films.

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Friday, May 20, 2011
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Where: Dali Museum
Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza

O Som Do Jazz

Friday, April 22, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for the first installment of our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: Presented by the nonprofit organization EMIT, O Som Do Jazz recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian Bossa Nova & samba-jazz. The sextet features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson. Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: TBD
Friday, April 29, Noon - 2:00 p.m

Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: The Jim Morey Band
Friday, May 6, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: The Jim Morey Band is a 4 piece band playing original jazz flavored roots and funky music with one hand in Storyville, New Orleans and the other picking confetti out of Tom Wait's old hat. www.jimmorey.com Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Rebekah Pulley
Friday, May 13, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: Rebekah Pulley has been writing, recording and performing her blend of indie-folk and Americana music for well over a decade now. Her haunting vocals and poetic lyrics have made her a favorite among fans and critics alike. Along the way, she has garnered 5 BEST OF THE BAY awards from Tampa's Creative Loafing, including Best Singer/Songwriter and Best Acoustic Act. www.rebekahpulley.com Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Jim Morey Band
Friday, May 20, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Sasha Tuck
Friday, May 27, Noon - 2:00 p.m


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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Friday, May 20, 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
Friday, May 20, 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, May 20, 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, May 20, 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

Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, May 20, 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, May 20, 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: Totally Awesome 80s
Where: various
Friday, May 20, 2011
SERIES FINALE
Raymond James Pops
Totally Awesome 80s


Sarah Hicks, conductor
From the decade that brought us MTV, big hair, and Michael Jackson's sequin glove, it's a salute to some of the best-loved pop and rock artists of the 1980s with your orchestra playing "like, totally rad" music by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Prince, Chicago, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Peter Gabriel and more.
Fri, May 20, 2011, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall
Sat, May 21, 2011, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, May 22, 2011, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67

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Where: The Palladium
Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Let's Dance Glee! Presented by Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Sun., 5/20, 7 p.m.

http://www.fredastairetampabay.com/
A showcase of every style of ballroom dance.


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Event Title: Art After Dark
Where: Tampa Musem of Art
Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Art After Dark
Third Friday of each month
March 18 - December 16, 2011
The third Friday of every month, the museum partners with area organizations, volunteers, and artists to present a new and exciting event that celebrates art, music, and entertainment. Admission is $10 per person and FREE for museum members.
Join us for our next Art After Dark on April 15, 2011 from 8:00PM to 11:00PM. The event will feature music, food specials and a full menu by Sono Café, cash bar, and a little "tax relief." Presented by Amscot Financial.


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Event Title: NewGrounds 2011
Where: Theater 2, University of South Florida, USF Holly Dr. Tampa Campus
Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST
NewGrounds 2011
Florida's original showcase for outstanding modern dance choreographers
Friday & Saturday, May 20 & 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Theater 2, University of South Florida, USF Holly Dr. Tampa Campus

TICKETS: $15 general admission, $12 student, USF Faculty/Staff $10 Seniors with I.D Tickets online at www.ticketleap.com
Cash or check at the door. Group sales also available by phone
Moving Current Presents NewGrounds 2011
Moving Current will celebrate Florida's contemporary dance artists with another sensational concert of professional and up and coming choreographers on NewGrounds 2011. This year's artists include choreographers such as Tampa native Casey Hicks and Lakeland choreographer Shelley Bourgeois (also a member of Moving Current). Joining them are Florida State University graduates Jessica Mayhew and Trent D. Williams Jr., FSU dance major Joshua Reaver and Jacksonville choreographers Cari Coble, Tiffany Sullivan Fish and Rebecca Levy. "This year, the quality of dance work is outstanding." stated Moving Current Director, Erin Cardinal. "The applicants were reviewed by a panel of dance professionals who were not given the names of the choreographers, the works were chosen based on the title, a brief statement about the work and what was presented on the DVDs. The names of the artists were revealed later in the process."
NewGrounds began in 2001 by Moving Current directors when they decided to fill the need for choreographers to present their work, help connect Florida choreographers and ultimately support and nurture modern dance in the State of Florida. 10 years later, Moving Current still has an important need to fill for the many talented and diverse choreographers living, studying and working in Florida. The dances brought to this year's NewGrounds stage are thoughtful, exciting work with a wide range of contemporary dance styles. There will be something for everyone to love. A new experience, a journey to somewhere new... If you've seen NewGrounds in the past, you definitely won't want to miss the 2011 edition. It's the perfect way to celebrate new voices in the art of danceÖ together in Tampa!
And that's not allÖ
Along with the weekend performances, NewGrounds 2011 will offer a Master Class Series May 18-22 taught by Miami's Brazz Dance Theater Artistic Director Augusto Soledade and distinguished professor and former dancer with the Jose Limon Dance company, Andre Megerdichian. Al classes are held at the USF dance studios, Holly Dr. Tampa
Join us for Show & Tell, an opportunity for artists to share their dance works with the community. The choreographers are invited to participate in a quick open response directly following the performance of their work with distinguished contemporary choreographers leading the audience in discussion. You dance, we watch. We dance, you watch, and we'll all talk about what we experienced together! 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 19 at Theater 2. FREE

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Saturday, May 21, 2011
Armed Forces Day
(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31)
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Saturday, May 21, 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
Saturday, May 21, 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
Saturday, May 21, 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
Saturday, May 21, 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

Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, May 21, 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
Saturday, May 21, 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: Totally Awesome 80s
Where: various
Saturday, May 21, 2011
SERIES FINALE
Raymond James Pops
Totally Awesome 80s


Sarah Hicks, conductor
From the decade that brought us MTV, big hair, and Michael Jackson's sequin glove, it's a salute to some of the best-loved pop and rock artists of the 1980s with your orchestra playing "like, totally rad" music by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Prince, Chicago, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Peter Gabriel and more.
Fri, May 20, 2011, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall
Sat, May 21, 2011, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, May 22, 2011, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67

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Event Title: NewGrounds 2011
Where: Theater 2, University of South Florida, USF Holly Dr. Tampa Campus
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST
NewGrounds 2011
Florida's original showcase for outstanding modern dance choreographers
Friday & Saturday, May 20 & 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Theater 2, University of South Florida, USF Holly Dr. Tampa Campus

TICKETS: $15 general admission, $12 student, USF Faculty/Staff $10 Seniors with I.D Tickets online at www.ticketleap.com
Cash or check at the door. Group sales also available by phone
Moving Current Presents NewGrounds 2011
Moving Current will celebrate Florida's contemporary dance artists with another sensational concert of professional and up and coming choreographers on NewGrounds 2011. This year's artists include choreographers such as Tampa native Casey Hicks and Lakeland choreographer Shelley Bourgeois (also a member of Moving Current). Joining them are Florida State University graduates Jessica Mayhew and Trent D. Williams Jr., FSU dance major Joshua Reaver and Jacksonville choreographers Cari Coble, Tiffany Sullivan Fish and Rebecca Levy. "This year, the quality of dance work is outstanding." stated Moving Current Director, Erin Cardinal. "The applicants were reviewed by a panel of dance professionals who were not given the names of the choreographers, the works were chosen based on the title, a brief statement about the work and what was presented on the DVDs. The names of the artists were revealed later in the process."
NewGrounds began in 2001 by Moving Current directors when they decided to fill the need for choreographers to present their work, help connect Florida choreographers and ultimately support and nurture modern dance in the State of Florida. 10 years later, Moving Current still has an important need to fill for the many talented and diverse choreographers living, studying and working in Florida. The dances brought to this year's NewGrounds stage are thoughtful, exciting work with a wide range of contemporary dance styles. There will be something for everyone to love. A new experience, a journey to somewhere new... If you've seen NewGrounds in the past, you definitely won't want to miss the 2011 edition. It's the perfect way to celebrate new voices in the art of danceÖ together in Tampa!
And that's not allÖ
Along with the weekend performances, NewGrounds 2011 will offer a Master Class Series May 18-22 taught by Miami's Brazz Dance Theater Artistic Director Augusto Soledade and distinguished professor and former dancer with the Jose Limon Dance company, Andre Megerdichian. Al classes are held at the USF dance studios, Holly Dr. Tampa
Join us for Show & Tell, an opportunity for artists to share their dance works with the community. The choreographers are invited to participate in a quick open response directly following the performance of their work with distinguished contemporary choreographers leading the audience in discussion. You dance, we watch. We dance, you watch, and we'll all talk about what we experienced together! 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 19 at Theater 2. FREE

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31)
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 22, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Sunday, May 22, 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
Sunday, May 22, 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

Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, May 22, 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
Sunday, May 22, 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: Totally Awesome 80s
Where: various
Sunday, May 22, 2011
SERIES FINALE
Raymond James Pops
Totally Awesome 80s


Sarah Hicks, conductor
From the decade that brought us MTV, big hair, and Michael Jackson's sequin glove, it's a salute to some of the best-loved pop and rock artists of the 1980s with your orchestra playing "like, totally rad" music by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Prince, Chicago, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Peter Gabriel and more.
Fri, May 20, 2011, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Carol Morsani Hall
Sat, May 21, 2011, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Sun, May 22, 2011, 7:30pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67

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Event Title: Art in Motion
Where: The Palladium
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM EST
Expressions Academy of Dance presents Art in Motion
Sun., 5/22, 3 p.m.
http://www.expressionsacademyofdance.com/
Showcasing some of the most talented dancers in Pinellas County, performance promises to be an exciting event with something for everyone. From classical ballet to the latest hip hop moves, the dancers of Expressions Academy of Dance will surely dazzle you.


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Monday, May 23, 2011
(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31)
Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 23, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Monday, May 23, 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
Monday, May 23, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 23, 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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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 24, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Tuesday, May 24, 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
Tuesday, May 24, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 24, 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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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Wednesday, May 25, 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
Wednesday, May 25, 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
Wednesday, May 25, 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
Wednesday, May 25, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Wednesday, May 25, 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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Thursday, May 26, 2011
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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

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
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 - www.dfac.org


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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
813.453.4381

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


Friday, May 27, 2011
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Where: Dali Museum
Friday, May 27, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza

O Som Do Jazz

Friday, April 22, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for the first installment of our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: Presented by the nonprofit organization EMIT, O Som Do Jazz recaptures the grace, energy and spirit of 1960s Brazilian Bossa Nova & samba-jazz. The sextet features Rio de Janeiro singer Andrea Moraes Manson. Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: TBD
Friday, April 29, Noon - 2:00 p.m

Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: The Jim Morey Band
Friday, May 6, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: The Jim Morey Band is a 4 piece band playing original jazz flavored roots and funky music with one hand in Storyville, New Orleans and the other picking confetti out of Tom Wait's old hat. www.jimmorey.com Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Rebekah Pulley
Friday, May 13, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Join us for our free afternoon music series, live fromthe plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum. This week's live entertainment: Rebekah Pulley has been writing, recording and performing her blend of indie-folk and Americana music for well over a decade now. Her haunting vocals and poetic lyrics have made her a favorite among fans and critics alike. Along the way, she has garnered 5 BEST OF THE BAY awards from Tampa's Creative Loafing, including Best Singer/Songwriter and Best Acoustic Act. www.rebekahpulley.com Cost: Free to all. Series occurs every Friday in April and May. Street parking is available or $5 in covered parking garage between Mahaffey Theater and The Dali Museum. Pets, chairs, umbrellas and blankets are allowed. No alcoholic beverages. Attendees can create their own picnic, "brown bag" lunch, purchase an affordable, delicious snack or sandwich from one of our local vendors or get a lunch "to go" at Café Gala at the Dalí.
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Jim Morey Band
Friday, May 20, Noon - 2:00 p.m
Midday by the Bay - Live Music Series in the Plaza: Sasha Tuck
Friday, May 27, Noon - 2:00 p.m


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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Friday, May 27, 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
Friday, May 27, 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, May 27, 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, May 27, 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

Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, May 27, 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, May 27, 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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Where: various
Friday, May 27, 2011
SEASON FINALE
Masterworks
Brahms' Violin Concerto


Larry Rachleff, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
BERLIOZ: Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella: Suite
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
Acclaimed by The New York Times as "a brilliant violinist," Augustin Hadelich performs Brahms' Violin Concerto on a program overflowing with gorgeous music: Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict Overture, Barber's symphonic prayer Adagio for Strings and Stravinsky's lyrical Pulcinella Suite.
Fri, May 27, 2011, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall
Sat, May 28, 2011, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67
Pre-Concert Conversation: All Masterworks programs offer a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Saturday, May 28, 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
Saturday, May 28, 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
Saturday, May 28, 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
Saturday, May 28, 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

Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, May 28, 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
Saturday, May 28, 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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Where: various
Saturday, May 28, 2011
SEASON FINALE
Masterworks
Brahms' Violin Concerto


Larry Rachleff, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
BERLIOZ: Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture
BARBER: Adagio for Strings
STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella: Suite
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
Acclaimed by The New York Times as "a brilliant violinist," Augustin Hadelich performs Brahms' Violin Concerto on a program overflowing with gorgeous music: Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict Overture, Barber's symphonic prayer Adagio for Strings and Stravinsky's lyrical Pulcinella Suite.
Fri, May 27, 2011, 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Ferguson Hall
Sat, May 28, 2011, 8pm
Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater
Tickets: $20, $30, $43, $53, $67
Pre-Concert Conversation: All Masterworks programs offer a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Sunday, May 29, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Sunday, May 29, 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
Sunday, May 29, 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

Event Title: reasons to be pretty
Where: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, May 29, 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
Sunday, May 29, 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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Monday, May 30, 2011
Memorial Day (Observed)
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 30, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Monday, May 30, 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
Monday, May 30, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Monday, May 30, 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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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Peace/War, Survival/Extinction: An Artist's Plea for Sanity
On view Fri., Mar. 11 - Mon., May 31, 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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Where: Dunedin Fine Art Center
Tuesday, May 31, 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
Tuesday, May 31, 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

Where: Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 31, 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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