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Philanthropic Youth Tampa Bay raises money for art museum listen

02/18/11 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With today’s economy, arts are often the first target of funding cuts. But young people have formed a new organization to raise money for the arts.

The Philanthropic Youth Tampa Bay gathered last night at the Tampa Museum of Art. They have helped to raise funds to purchase a film from New York artist Janet Briggs, to donate to the museum. The film, which depicts scenes of the melting Arctic, was introduced by Todd Smith, the executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art.

“Each of ...

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New Dali Museum Opens In St. Petersburg listen

01/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The new Salvador Dali Museum opened today in downtown St. Petersburg. The new home for one of the largest Dali collections in the world stands as a remarkable tribute to the artist.

Construction on the new Dali museum spanned over 23 months, but today the new building is finally open to the public. Two main focal points make this building particularly unique. The new museum was designed and constructed by the Beck Group. It boasts a glass enigma consisting of thousands of triangular glas...

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Live preview of new Salvador Dali Museum opening in St. Pete listen

01/10/11 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow the new Salvador Dali Museum opens to the public in St. Petersburg. Our reporter, Janelle Irwin just toured the museum and is live on the scene.

"Hi Sean, I'm here in front of the new Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg. Beautiful building overlooking Tampa Bay that is set to open tomorrow beginning with a procession from the old building that will end here at the new building at around 10 a.m. They also have a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for noon tomorrow that ...

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Art and Africa create social change listen

01/21/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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While many may enjoy artistic expression simply for its own sake, others use art for the greater good. This spring Eckerd College is hosting a series of forums as part of its initiative called “The Plight and Promise of Africa.”

The college has set up a photography exhibit at the Poynter institute in St. Petersburg about the problems that women face in the Congo. Last night a group of teachers and community leaders accompanied the exhibit with a panel discussion called “The role of ...


Hillsborough County Commission discusses art funding, local talent listen

01/06/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners approved amendments to an ordinance that will likely curb the amount of money the county spends on public art. It can now constitute one percent or less of a public building’s project cost, and can go to zero in tough times. All projects will be capped at $150 thousand. But it was the inclusion of local artists - not the cuts – that were the big issue at today’s hearing. The issue drew an impassioned plea from activist Marilyn Smith....

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Perri Neri opens at Scarfone Gallery, U of Tampa listen

10/31/09 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Perri Neri will appear at University Tampa for the opening of a 3 UT alumni art show, including Perri, Chalet Comellas, and Rob Bovarnick. The show opens Friday, November 6th and runs through December 10th. The opening is from 7-9 pm and includes experimental dance by Susan Taylor Lennon. We talked about Perri's recent work which is rich in texture, color, and motion. Her former instructor at UT, Rebecca Skelton said, "Her early work foreshadowed the torrent of flesh and implied flesh tha...

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Public art unveiled on Tampa Riverwalk listen

09/22/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday

A new work of public art was dedicated in downtown Tampa this morning. A cenotaph and art installation called “Ceremonial Space” is located at the south end of Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park on the Riverwalk near the Tampa Bay History Center.

This is City Council member Linda Saul-Sena’s reaction: “The public art piece is an extraordinarily beautiful place to visit.”

Bob Haozous is a member of the War...

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38th Annual Creators and Collectors Tour listen

03/13/09 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota hosts the 38th Creators and Collectors Tour at artists’ studios in Sarasota on March 13th and 14th.

The president of the Fine Arts Society in Sarasota, Alice Allen, says that their mission is to expose the public to different forms of art and to provide scholarships to fine arts students in Sarasota.

“Since 1969, over $600,000 has been awarded to individuals whose studies include visual and related arts, dance, writing, music, theater and architec...

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Alternative visions of peace

01/17/09 Mary Glenney and Arlene Engelhardt
From A Woman's Point of View

Edie Daly (Energetic Edie) and Christina Bellamy of AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project or Alternative Visions of Peace) provide a monthly full-weekend workshop for women inmates at Coleman Prison. They talked about the work they do at the prison and the upcoming art show and sale to benefit the project.

The Art Show runs from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5 at Studio 620, 620 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg. There will be a Performance Art Celebration and Opening Reception Jan. 25 from 3 to 6 p....

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Gulfport gallery offers green art listen

12/19/08 By Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Outpost is not just a run of the mill art gallery in Gulfport but a gallery where art is made from recyclables.

Carol Zuelsdorf is an environmentally inspired artist who incorporates trash into a functional art. “Green art is using things over and over again to help our environment,” she said.

During the eco-cleanups organized by her husband Kurt Zuelsdorf, she picks up debris from Clam Bayou and incorporates it into her art. She turns palm fronds into colorful fish or masks,...

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