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Nathan Beard’s Exit Music #61 (Kintsugi Fall), acrylic on canvas scroll.Courtesy of Nathan Beard

Creative Pinellas introduces emerging artists and Illsol gets lit.

UP AND COMING: EMERGING ARTIST EXHIBITION Local arts agency Creative Pinellas was established a few years ago, and ever since has supported artists with opportunities including informative workshops, networking events and, perhaps most importantly, with grants. One grant is for emerging artists, which this year, 10 …

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  1. Artist James Rosenquist put Tampa on the map. See his work at USF.

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    James Rosenquist put Tampa on the art world map, literally. His 1974 lithograph Tampa-New York 1188, created at the University of South Florida's printmaking workshop, Graphicstudio, brought Tampa to the notice of first-rank museums, collectors, critics and historians.

    James Rosenquist fell in love with the Tampa Bay area, buying land and building a home and studio in Aripeka. He is pictured here in the studio in 2000. In the background is Through the Eye of the Needle to the Anvil, an oil on canvas he competed in 1988. University of South Florida professor Donald J. Saff, who created Graphicstudio in 1968, invited Rosenquist to come to Tampa in 1971.
  2. The CraftArt festival returns and Yoko Ono's flag flies at USFCAM

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    A FINE TRADITION: CRAFTART FESTIVAL

    Work from Steve Palmer, a glass artist from Minnesota, will be on display at the CraftArt Festival.
  3. Five cool things to see in 'Star Wars and the Power of Costume' in St. Petersburg

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    Do you sense a disturbance in the Force?

    That would probably be the landing of "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, earlier this week. I got a preview of the blockbuster Smithsonian exhibit (docked in our corner of the galaxy through April 1), and I'm here to tell you …

    The exhibition, Star Wars and the Power of Costume, featuring more than 60 original costumes from various Star Wars movies, opens this weekend to members of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and to the general public on Monday at the museum. Front is Queen Amidala from The Phantom Menace, 1999 and other costumes.
  4. Lady Gaga, need your applause, applause, applause for this Tampa mural

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    Tampa artist Cam Parker remembers when Lady Gaga became an icon for him.

    Tampa muralist Cam Parker, 33, puts the finishing touches on his mural of Lady Gaga in the 1700 block of N Franklin Street in Tampa on Thursday. Parker hopes to catch the pop star's attention and that she will take a selfie with the mural when she comes to Tampa in concert Dec. 1. "I don't want to use the word stalking," Parker said. "But I've been screaming from the top of my social media lungs." (ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times)
  5. A peek at the Star Wars costumes coming to St. Petersburg with 'Star Wars and the Power of Costume'

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    A galaxy far, far away just got a lot closer.

    Original Star Wars costumes for BB-8, C-3PO and R2-D2 will be on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts as part of the exhibition Star Wars and the Power of Costume, open to the public Nov. 3. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  6. James Rosenquist is remembered at USF; Star Wars exhibit opens Monday at MFA

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    Remembering an Icon: James Rosenquist

    James Rosenquist
  7. Fashion icon Elsa Schiaparelli is remembered and reborn at the Dali Museum

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    The lines of art and fashion have long been blurred, but at the new "In Daring Fashion: Dalí and Schiaparelli" exhibition at the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, the lines can completely disappear.

    The contemporary collection of Elsa Schiaparelli’s Maison Schiaparelli, revived in 2012 and now led by creative director Bertrand Guyon, is also featured in the exhibit, including this silk velvet dress.
  8. Last chance to catch Tim Hawkinson at UT and Art Harvest returns to Dunedin

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    SELF-AWARENESS: BODYCON

    If you haven't seen the Tim Hawkinson: BodyCon exhibition at the University of Tampa's Scarfone/Hartley Gallery yet, you have a couple of days to catch it before it closes. I had the pleasure of viewing it a few weeks ago, and it really is not to be missed. Hawkinson often …

    Tim Hawkinson’s Screw Self-Portrait, 2016, is among the pieces on display in his “BodyCon” exhibition at the University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery.
  9. Creative Pinellas introduces emerging artists and Illsol gets lit.

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    UP AND COMING: EMERGING ARTIST EXHIBITION

    Nathan Beard’s Exit Music #61 (Kintsugi Fall), acrylic on canvas scroll.
  10. Use these templates to carve Tampa Bay-inspired pumpkins

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    When it comes to carving pumpkins in Florida, you have to act fast and make it count.

    Clockwise from top, a Salvador Dali pumpkin, a Winter the Dolphin pumpkin, a Gasparilla pirate pumpkin and a Sunshine Skyway pumpkin. [Photos by Patty Yablonski]