Following is a summary of museum exhibits and art gallery shows scheduled for October in the Tampa Bay area.
- Through Oct. 19
Mel Finkelstein: Playing a Hunch , a 40-year retrospective of photojournalist Mel Finkelstein organized with the support of the Finkelstein family.
Where: Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art , 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 adults, $4 seniors. Free to children, members and students with ID. Free on Sundays.
- Through Oct. 26
Fresh Fish II, a three-person exhibition highlighting a new generation of Tampa Bay artists including Simon Boses, ceramic sculpture; Christine Renc-Carter, mixed media drawings and monoprints; and Noah Deledda, painting.
Where: The Painted Fish Gallery , 350 Main St., Dunedin
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Through Oct. 26
Ringling Retro: Modern and Contemporary Art, examining some of the most important pieces from the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the decades of the 1960s to the 1990s and providing a provocative display of paintings and sculptures by Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, Trevor Bell, John Chamberlain, Robert Rauschenberg, Barbara Kruger and Thomas Struth.
Where: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $19 adults; $16 seniors; $6 students, children ages 6 to 17, Florida teachers with identification and active U.S. military. Free for museum members and children 5 and under.
- Through Nov. 8
Graciela Iturbide: The Spirits of the Earth , a collection of images by Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide.
Where: Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N. Tampa St., Tampa
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation of $4
- Through Nov. 30
Ansel Adams and the American West , celebrating the American master’s contributions to the advancement of photography as an art form, the exhibition boasts nearly 60 images - 30 by Adams – which help preserve the beauty of the American landscape.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts , 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg
Additional Exhibits: When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection, through Dec. 28; Beauty in Common Things: American Arts & Crafts Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation, through Feb. 15.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors 65 and over, $6 college students with identification and children ages 7 to 18. Free for children 6 and under.
- Through Dec. 24
The Impossible Dream, featuring works which explore our relationship to the dream world as experienced, imagined or hoped for. Includes works by Simon Boses, clay; Jamey Grimes, mixed media installation; Richard Kamler; Holly Lane, sculpture; Suzanne Redstone, light works; and Maggie Taylor, digital photo-illustration.
Where: Dunedin Fine Arts Center , 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin
Additional Exhibits: The Woodburnings of Daniel Mrgan, through Oct. 19; Dreamscapes: Windows to Other Worlds, through Aug. 1, 2009.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
- Oct. 3 through Nov. 1
Jack Barrett: A Soul’s Journey, celebrates the life and work of former St. Petersburg Times illustrator Jack Barrett, who passed away in February 2008. Barrett's style ranged as widely as his subjects, from meticulous representationalism to free expressionism.
Where: The Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
- Oct. 3 through Jan. 11
Wilfredo Lam in North America , features works by the celebrated 20th century Cuban-born artist.
Where: Salvador Dali Museum , 1000 Third St. S., St. Petersburg
Additional Exhibits: Myth in Dalí’s Art, Oct. 3 through Jan. 11.
Hours: Monday through Wednesday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 adults; $13.50 seniors 65 and over, military and police; $10 students ages 10 and over (18 and over with identification); $4 children ages 5 to 9. Free for children ages 4 and under.
- Oct. 11 through Jan. 25
Coming Home, a retrospective exhibition featuring over 30 years of work by Tampa Bay native Christopher Still whose richly symbolic still life, landscape and history paintings reflect themes derived from Florida culture and history.
Where: Gulf Coast Museum of Art , 12211 Washington Road, Largo
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors over age 65, $5 college students with identification and children ages 7 to 18. Free for museum members and children 6 and under.
- Oct. 14 through Nov. 1
Where: Venice Art Center, 390 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Oct. 19 through Nov. 19
Black and White Show, an exhibit featuring the studio’s artists focusing on contemporary and mixed media paintings, pottery and jewelry.
Where: Studio 1212, 1405 Cleveland St., Clearwater
Hours: Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment
- Oct. 24 through Dec. 13
Audience & Avatar, bringing together an international group of artists who explore diverse ways in which video games, game culture, technology and psychology influence participation and representation of the viewer in art. Featured will be digital painting, digital photography, photography, video, custom self-running games and sculpture, with artists such as John Paul Bichard, Damiano Colacito, Eva and Franco Mattes and Phillip Toledano represented.
Where: Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Ave., University of South Florida, CAM101, Tampa
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.