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  1. Morean, Silver Meteor and Florida CraftArt shows on spring art scene

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    Spring brings lots of new gallery shows. Here are three examples of the diversity you'll find throughout our region.

    Lennie Bennett, Times art critic


    Carrie Smith, Nascent, 2014, oil on canvas, at the Morean Arts Center.
  2. Masked wrestlers meet art at Pale Horse's Cinco de Mayo show

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    Professional wrestling and art inhabiting the same space?

    Digital illustrator Chris Parks, aka Pale Horse, and his event partner,  Casey Paquet holding a Chris Parks mask, with panels featuring original Pale Horse luchador character, Oraculo,  in the Pale Horse Studio Thursday, 4/23/2015. Oraculo is one of four original Pale Horse luchador characters to be featured in the Pale Horse Lucha Art Exhibit and Live Wrestling on Cinco de Mayo, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King St N, St Petersburg  "Luchadores will be trapped in the Pale Horse universe, said Parks on an Instagram description of his show, "smashing snakes, fighting beasts, riding stallions and traveling through bizarre dimensions!"
  3. Michael Tomor has bold goals for the Tampa Museum of Art

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    Michael Tomor has been on the job for less than a month but he already has clear goals.

    Michael Tomor, the new director of the Tampa Museum of Art and the former director of the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas, is well into planning the future exhibition schedule.
  4. Art events to consider this weekend: Retro Beach Bash, Morean Off the Wall auction

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    There's lots going on around the area but here are two arts events in St. Petersburg this weekend you'll want to consider.

    Martin Parr’s England, Weymouth (2000) from the Life’s a Beach exhibit, celebrated Friday at the Museum of Fine Arts.
  5. Florida Artists' Group's exhibition fits 95 works into Leepa-Rattner

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    TARPON SPRINGS — When we visit an art exhibition, some of our pleasure with it is subliminal: The way in which it's presented to us is a big part of our perception of it.

  6. New Trenton Doyle Hancock art show comes to Ringling

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    If Trenton Doyle Hancock didn't have such a whimsical style, his art would be terrifying. He has become known, admired and awarded for drawings, paintings, sculptures and performances that chronicle an epic mythology he has created. In it, good and evil, darkness and light, battle for supremacy in the form of characters …

    Trenton Doyle Hancock, Trent the Toymaker.
  7. Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges Hall discusses Norman Rockwell's famous painting

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    Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon when she was 6. Yet she didn't realize it for decades.

    "The Problem We All Live With" is a 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell. An iconic image of the civil rights movement in the United States, it depicts Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African-American girl, on her way into an all-white public school in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1960, during the process of racial desegregation. [Times files]
  8. Mainsail Art Festival names first-time Best of Show winner

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Michel Delgado, a soft-spoken artist who creates powerful mixed-media paintings, won his first Best of Mainsail award and $10,000 at the 40th annual Mainsail Art Festival. It validates an already successful career and recognition by private collectors around the world.

  9. Museum explores the story behind Rockwell civil rights paintings

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    TAMPA — Ruby Bridges couldn't have imagined the millions of lives she would change that day, Nov. 14, 1960, when U.S. marshals walked her into first grade. Nor was it likely Norman Rockwell anticipated the effect his painting of those historic steps would have.

    Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With depicted young Ruby Bridges in 1960. She will speak April 28.
  10. For artists, getting in the Mainsail Art Festival is never a sure thing

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    Visitors to this year's Mainsail Art Festival will find the beloved and familiar mix at work. But specific artists? You never know.

    Margaret Bayalis works on an untitled painting in her St. Petersburg home.