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Selina Rom?n, That Liminal Space, 2015, archival inkjet print. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

This week's best art: Performance art with honey, video montage of old motels

Micheal Hooker: (100 Pitchers) of Honey You can easily apply the label "Renaissance woman" to Micheal Hooker. Maybe you know her as lead singer of a number of local bands, including Dear Old Liar, or as the owner of Lector Literary Wine Bar. Well, she's also a psychology writer and a performance artist, connecting  …


  1. Artist exchange creates Tampa-Havana friendships

    Visual Arts

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Bad weather rocked the Southwest Airlines flight from Havana to Tampa.

    Marian Valdes of Havana, Cuba, who is a resident artist through the Tempus Projects artist exchange program, stands for a portrait at the non-profit art space in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, July 17, 2017. Valdes has an upcoming exhibit titled “Addicted Involution.”
  2. Tom James and wife, Mary, talk about their James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — As a child, businessman and philanthropist Tom James loved cowboy movies, an affinity that would later play out in a vast collection of Western art amassed over the years with his wife, Mary.

    Z.S. Liang, Cheyenne Burning of Fort Phil Kearny, 1868, 2015, oil. Paintings and sculptures in the collection that are moving from the Raymond James Headquarters to the new museum called The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, in the 100 block of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.
  3. This week's best art: Performance art with honey, video montage of old motels

    Visual Arts

    Micheal Hooker: (100 Pitchers) of Honey

    Selina Rom?n, That Liminal Space, 2015, archival inkjet print.
  4. A tour of Leepa-Rattner's 15th birthday exhibit with the curator

    Visual Arts


    Christine Renc-Carter stops in front of one unassuming canvas.

    The “Paradise Found” exhibit has given Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art curator Christine Renc-Carter the opportunity to dig through the museum’s extensive archives and create a show from scratch.
  5. Things get real at the Tampa Museum of Art, cool off at Cool Art Show

    Visual Arts


    Photorealism, the genre of art in which paintings and drawings are rendered with such precision that they look photographic, is truly a marvel. So prepare to be amazed by the Tampa Museum of Art's Photorealism: 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting exhibition, which opens Thursday. The exhibit traces …

    Collins Diner by Ralph Goings, 1985-86, oil on canvas.
  6. We have dates for the Shine Mural Festival, and more art to explore

    Visual Arts


    More walls in St. Petersburg will be colorful come fall, when the Shine Mural Festival returns. For the past two years the festival has taken place in September, but organizers recently announced that 2017's festival is planned for Oct. 5-14. The confirmed roster of artists this year includes Hueman …

    Mural on the side of the Amsterdam Bar, Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. “SHINE.” The wall was completed with the help of students from the Bloom Gallery.
  7. Art Planner: Creatures inspire craft, and car culture collides with art

    Visual Arts


    Since the first cave drawings, animals have been a favorite subject for artists. The tradition continues at Florida CraftArt's newest exhibition, opening Friday. A nationwide call went out for submissions to Creatures: Wild and Wooly, and more than 35 were selected by a jury. The creatures range from …

    Nate Greco is one of the exhibiting artists at Project 30 Pat, a car and art show.
  8. Dali a father? He would need to have sex first


    One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, 28 years dead, is about to be pulled from the grave to settle a paternity claim. The case could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    A Spanish judge this week ordered that Salvador Dali be exhumed to settle a paternity case. [Associated Press]
  9. USF's 'Black Pulp!' and 'Woke!' exhibits reframe African-American representation

    Visual Arts

    The concept of being "woke" is inextricably woven into the zeitgeist. To be truly woke, you have to be aware of not only current social injustices, but also the historical fight against prejudice.

    Renee Cox’s Chillin with Liberty (1998) is part of the “Black Pulp!” exhibition at the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum.
  10. Who's behind the mysterious butt graffiti all over St. Petersburg?

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first butts, perhaps, appeared in April on some steps behind the Sundial shopping plaza.

    A photo of the butt graffiti that has been cropping up around St. Petersburg in the past several months. [CHRISTOPHER SPATA | STAFF]