ART GALLERIES & Museums: Great spots to see local art and take in some history
Editor's note: Exhibit listings are published on a rotating basis as space allows.
Anna Maria Island Historical Complex: 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria
The Anna Maria Historical Museum, built in 1920 as an icehouse, features displays of life on a barrier island from 1890 to 1950. Visit the famous old island jail, "no doors, no windows, no roof, no bars" and tour Belle Haven Cottage, a beautifully restored 1920 cracker house filled with period antiques and furnishings. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through April. Admission is free. Information: 941-778-0492 or amihs.org.
A Room with a Hue: 314 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island
Studio and shop owner AnnMarie Nicholas exhibits her art in the form of hand-painted vintage windows, hand-painted furniture, murals, faux finishes, original art, coastal furniture, funky beach signs, gifts and accessories. Custom painting and color consultation available. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Information: 941-778-1222.
ArtCenter Manatee: 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton
"Paint the Town," "CityScapes" an open juried show, and "Kids With Cancer," through Oct. 31. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-746-2862 or artcentermanatee.org.
Artists' Guild of Anna Maria Island: 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.-Saturdays, closed Sundays. Information: 941-778-6694.
Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery (Manatee County Cultural Alliance): 926 12th St. W., Bradenton
"Voila" Art Vase Sculpture by Thia Luby, through Nov. 1. Gift gallery features affordable art by local artists. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-746-2223 or manateearts.org.
Baobab Tree Gallery: 1113 12th St. W., Bradenton
October exhibit features new original artworks from the Americas. The gallery features the works of local artists Annette Boarini, Noel De Brick, Cheryl Kinderknecht, Alvin Levie, Lulu Meyer, Patricia Rockwood, Christine and Gordon Turner, Alex Santangelo, Celia Strickler, Susan Swanson and Diane Sykes. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. First Friday art walk and by appointment. Information: 941-447-3795.
Bits & Pieces: 1303 13th Ave W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Discover this unusual gift shop with handmade quilts, original art and almost-antiques. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, during art walks and by appointment. Information: 941-744-2487 or 941-932-5869.
Clay in the Garden Studio: 1011 12th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Original whimsical sculptures created by Jo-Ellen Gorris overflow from the studio into the garden and provide a habitat for the village geckos. Sculpture demonstrations ongoing during art walks and Saturdays, other times by chance or appointment. Information: 941-747-6405.
Cross Stitch Magic: 1222 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Many works of fine art by masters such as Van Gogh and Monet are recreated in stunning counted cross stitch displays throughout the gallery. They are the work of resident stitcher Glenda Tietjen. Smaller pieces are also on display. Supplies are available here to make your own masterpiece. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and during art walks. Closed Sunday and Monday. Information: 941-746-4163.
The Dancing Crane Gallery: 1019 10th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Larry Allan's wildlife photography, through Oct. 31. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on First Fridays and by appointment. Information: 941-744-1333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Divine Excess, Folk Art Gallery and Other Needful Things: 1125 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
"Art in the Garden": Visit our garden of earthly delights for handmade bricks and bottle flowers by Judy Freed, funky wood and found object birdhouses by Mr. MoJo, Fence art by RhondaK and Missionary Mary Proctor. Handmade colorful metal bunnies, butterflies, frogs, roosters, dragonflies, flamingos, birdhouses, and lots more. Plus new works for spring by 25 well-known Florida folk artists in our colorful 1925 cottage in the Heart of Village. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, First Friday Art walks and by special appointment. Information: 941-747-1320.
Family Heritage House: 60th Avenue and 26th Street West, Bradenton
The Family Heritage House Museum at State College of Florida is a gallery and resource center for the study of African-American achievements and celebrates the cultural diversity of our communities. The permanent collection includes an exhibition called "Timeline: A Walk Through History," a diorama of old Central Avenue that is now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue; antiques; photographs; literature; and a research center on the Underground Railroad. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Information: 941-752-5319 or email@example.com.
Fine Art Gallery at State College of Florida, Manatee Sarasota: 5840 26th W., building 11 N., Bradenton
"Art of the Wedding Costume: Ritual and Romance" through Dec. 3. The event is free and open to the public. Information: 941-752-5225.
Florida Maritime Museum: 4415 119th St. W., Cortez
The exhibit "Creatures of the Deep," a part of the "Maritime Mythologies" series, runs through Nov. 22. Admission is free. Information: 941-708-6121 or floridamaritimemuseum.org.
Hearts Desire: 1221 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Furniture by local artist Pamela Marwede, Woven purses by Nancy Faris and jewelry designs by owner Vicki Rollo. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 6-9:30 p.m. First Friday Art walks. Information: 941-302-1069 or visit heartsdesirefl.com.
Island Gallery West: 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
"Our endless Blooming Season," featuring artwork by Nancy Law, through Oct. 31. Island Gallery West is a cooperative of 28 local artists. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-778-6648 or visit islandgallerywest.com.
Joan Peters Studio/Gallery: 1210 11th Ave. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Joan Peters' Plein Air "Florida Landscapes" on display. Peters opened her gallery in 2001. An eclectic painter, she displays her colorful landscapes, local landmarks and subjects. Ongoing demonstrations and "meet the artist" events. Hours: First Friday and Saturday Art walks and by appointment. Information: 941-544-5344.
Miracle's Fine Art Gallery at ComCenter Bradenton: Riverwalk Professional Park, 100 Third Ave. W.
The gallery has on exhibit 12 large outdoor sculptures by Ed Miracle, Wes Wofford, Doug Hays and Victor Garcia, and inside oil paintings, murals, sketches and more sculptures by Miracle. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Information: 941-761-8676 or miraclesart.com.
Picture This Gallery: 8615 Cortez Road, Bradenton
Original art by local artists Judy Dunn and Don Heckerman. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-798-9910.
Sally's Studio at 12th Street West Gallery: 1221 12th St. W., Bradenton
Impressionistic, acrylic paintings by Sally Anderson Cosgrove. The artist exhibits her work, paints and gives demonstrations daily. Lessons are available Tuesdays-Thursdays. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Information: 941-993-3281.
Sandra French/Stained Glass Artist Artisan Gift Shop: 1102 12th St. W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton
Original art by local artists, including Karen Pauline, Sandra French and Jeanne Garrison. Demonstrations daily. Art work includes stained glass, watercolors, jewelry, pottery and mosaic. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-747-9561.
Still Life in G Gallery: 1014 12th St. W., Bradenton
Seventh annual "Art in Recovery" exhibit, featuring artwork by Manatee Glens' Expressive Art Therapy program participants, through Oct. 31. Hours: First Friday of the month Artwalks and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 941-782-4320 or 941-932-1336.
10th Avenue West Studios: 1102 10th Ave. W., Bradenton
The gallery features original works by 16 local artists. Ashley Luttrell's digital paintings, "flame-chased" metal work by Kevin Webb, Briana Gilgaren's "High-Voltage Ware," book illustrations and painted furniture by Michelle Grenier, Ron Weismehl's scuptures in wood, colorful 3-D works by Richard E. VonEnde, Mitchell Englander's handcrafted books and boxes, Kelly Parsons' nature photographs, Carol Webb's fused glass jewelry, Donald Brown's Sultry Ladies in Acrylic, Clay Creations by Ariella Alibasic, Sandy King's sketches, Michele Thomas's painted "quilts" in acrylic, Robin Taconet's jewelry, Lou Ann Bagnall's acrylic landscapes and one of a kind hats and purses by Martha Clauser as well as jewelry by Katrina Ninos and collages by Nelinn. For information call 744-7080 or visit our website at 10thavenuewest.com.
The Studio at Gulf and Pine: 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria
Cuban-American artist Fernando Soler's "Fun-Tasty," a collection of new works inspired by a life full of gratitude and fun now on display. The studio is a salon in which artists and art aficionados can interact. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Information: 941-778-1906.
The Treasure Chest: 12518 44th Ave. W., Cortez
The gallery features artworks from traditional painting, photography, jewelry, sculptors and hand-painted furniture from shabby chic to custom hand-painted pieces by local artists Brandon Scott, Janet Flowers, Creations by Chris!, Jessica Marchuck, Ron Romonchuk, Iris Kreuger, Cyndi Hooley, Josh Rubadou, Julie Ditmarsen, Mary McClung, Doniele Disney-Humphrey, and Damien Humphrey. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. Information: 813-475-8809.
Longboat Key Center for the Arts: 6860 Longboat Drive S.
"The Highway Men," through October. A visual arts reception and awards ceremony for the "Sixth Annual Ageless Creativity Exhibit," honoring Longboat Key visuals arts luminaries will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. A performing arts reception and awards ceremony for the "Sixth Annual Ageless Creativity Exhibit," honoring Longboat Key performing arts luminaries will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Reservations are required for both receptions. Louis Cabot photography is on display through December. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays June-August. Information: 941-383-2345
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery: 1288 N. Palm Ave.
"Drawn From Nature," featuring works by noted landscape artists Jean Blackburn, Deborah Brown, Heidi Edwards, Joyce Ely-Walker, Michele Harvey, Nancy Hellebrand, Susan Klein, Andrew Kuziak and William Nichols, will be on display through Oct. 25. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 6-8 p.m. during First Friday Art walk; or by appointment. Information 941-366-2454 or allyngallup.com.
Art Center Sarasota: 707 N. Tamiami Trail
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday Information: 941-365-2032.
Art Uptown: 1367 Main Street
An artist's reception for the exhibit "Painting with Glass," a colorful collection of new jewelry by Clara Ricker, will be 6-9 p.m. Nov. 14. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 25-Nov. 28.- Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-955-5409.
Artists on the Court: 1943 Morrill St.
An art gallery, artist studio and art class complex with a focus on Sarasota artists. Children's classes are ongoing and adult art classes will begin in the fall. Summer hours: noon-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Information: 941-706-4805.
Ashby Art and Antiques, 1920 Adams Lane
Paintings by Francesco Agresti. The gallery features paintings, prints, jewelry, antiques and decor. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 6-10 p.m. third Friday Art Walks. Information: 941-954-4263.
Back Allie Art: 1938 Adams Lane, Suite 102, Towles Court
Back Allie Art features hooked and woven rugs, painted silk, jewelry and more. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-10 p.m. during gallery walks. Information: 941-365-4222.
BAS studio/gallery: 537 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 203, Towles Court
Beverly A. Smith's studio features abstract art. Hours: noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by appointment. Information: 955-4390 or beverlyasmith.com.
Black Bird Home Gallery: 1540 Main St.
The gallery displays and sells pieces of furniture and art combining the glamour of Los Angeles and the coastal living of Sarasota. Fine jewelry pieces by Cresta Bledsoe. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Monday by appointment. Information: 941-366-0941.
The Celery Barn: 266 S. Links Ave.
Basha Maryanska exhibits her art and teaches a variety of workshops 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Information: 518-965-1524 or 518-504-0792 or visit bashamaryanska.com.
Clair Mitchell Gallery: Towles Court, 1920A Adams Lane
Each month, a variety of artists will offer demonstrations, workshops, lectures, films and lessons. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and during Friday Art Walks, every third weekend from 6-10 p.m. Information: 941-328-9133 or towlesourt.com.
Custom Frames and Displays of Art Gallery: 7910 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 105
Featuring the works of Janet Mishner, Herb Morgan, John Slawik and potter Scott Gregory, plus those of international artists Janusz Blachowicz and Val Andre. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Mondays by appointment. Information: 941-232-1461.
Dabbert Gallery: 76 S. Palm Ave.
A group exhibit "Mindscapes of Nature," will be on display through Nov. 30. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and until 9 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Walks. Information: 941-955-1315 or dabbertgallery.com.
Design Impressions Gallery: 33 S. Palm Ave.
Studio owners Werner and Carol Meier host an ongoing display and sale of work by local artist Gay Germain, whose media include fine antique reproduction, accessories, lighting, interior design and paintings. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Information: 941-373-9660 or designimpressionsgallery.com.
Edfish Gallery: 3615 Webber St.
Group show with featured artists Jim Roberts, Ed Walsh, Mel Stauffer and Mike Balas. Information: 941-706-2659.
Elizabeth Van Riper Studio: 3921 Red Rock Way
The studio features fine art for every day, including signed decoupage tableware, coasters, greeting cards and silk scarves, and artisan bracelets and necklaces. Information: 941-954-1962.
Gallery 53: 53 S. Palm Ave.
Miniatures by international artist Iris Baranski-Daniels are on display. More than 40 artists and their eclectic mix of art are displayed in the gallery year round. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-650-8223 or 941-365-4442.
Hastings on the Court: 416 Burns Court
Hastings on the Court is proud to introduce artists new to the area, Thomas Frontini and Hilary Wallis. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 941-993-7612 or thehastingscollection.com.
Jack Dowd Gallery: 1269 First St.
This museum presents the work of sculptor and painter Jack Dowd. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment. Information: 941-922-4140.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: 5401 Bay Shore Road
Thomas Chimes Exhibition, from the permanent collection, featuring an impressive 17-foot wide mural, on display through Oct. 26. "Danny Lyon: the Bikeriders," a photo documentary of Postwar America, through Dec. 7. "Seeing the Unseen," a contemporary photography and video art exhibit by eight renowned Chinese artists, on display through Feb. 28. The Howard Bros. Circus, the largest miniature circus in the world, is on permanent display in the Tibbals Learning Center. Twentieth century abstract art in the Searing Wing and "From the Vaults: John Ringling's Asian and Cypriot Art," are on permanent display. General admission includes the Ringling Museum of Art, Ca d'Zan Mansion, the Circus Museum, the Rose Garden and grounds: $25 adults, $20 seniors 65 and older and U.S. military with ID, $5 children 6-17 and students with ID, $10 for Florida teachers. Local students with valid ID from The Florida State University, New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, the University of South Florida and pre-booked student groups are free. Free for children 5 and younger and museum members. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Advance tickets: 941-358-3180. Information: 941-359-5700 or ringling.org.
The Little Art Gallery at Towles Court: 1911 Morrill St.
Contemporary fine art, sculpture and photography featuring works by Todd Warner, Monte Nagler, Mi Young Lee, Mouly, Fanch and Bellet. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and Sunday and Monday by appointment. Information: 941-957-0609.
Madonna Stella: 1900 Main St., Suite 105A
The gallery represents local artists Wendy Thurlow, Karen Johnson, Deborah Reed, Jan Friend-Davis, Donna B. Raymond, Liz Vercruysse, Jennie Sikora-Muehl, Madonna Stella, Yanira and Tricia Salzano. Classes in clay and studio space available. Information: 941-706-2119.
MillerBrady Fine Art Gallery: 614 Florida Ave.
Contemporary minimalist original paintings and glass fiber reinforced concrete framed works of art by Eric Miller and Jake Brady. Hours: by appointment only. Information: 941-232-1411.
Muse Galleria: 3801 McIntosh Road
The gallery showcases jewelry, clothing, accessories, fiber art, painting, collage and more by 50 regionally based artists. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-706-3328 or visit musegalleria.org.
Paradox Gallery: 301 Southgate Plaza
An ongoing exhibit of acrylic work and digital prints by Janet Mishner. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: 941-362-3715.
Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery: Ringling College of Art and Design campus, Academic Center Building, 2362 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 941-309-1000.
S/ART/Q: 1549 State St.
Artworks of four new artists -- Ariana Franco, Amy Williamson Miller, Jennifer Nugent, and Steve Strenk -- on display. One-of-a-kind art and art events by Sarasota collective of professional contemporary artists. Information: 941-330-4838 or sartq.com.
Scarlett's Feathers Gallery: 53A S. Palm Ave.
The gallery features one-of-a-kind fiber and wearable art, collage and paper art, mosaic, furniture, jewelry, rugs and more by regional artists and artisans. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Selby Gallery: Ringling College of Art and Design campus, a half-block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The 2014 annual Ringling College Faculty Exhibition and "Kevin Dean: Perspectives of the Afterlife," on display through Oct. 25. "In Your Face, the Power of Portraiture," featuring recent work by Lori Loveberry George, through Dec. 8. Winter hours (Sept-April): Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: 941-359-7563 or 941-351-5100, ringling.edu/selbygallery.
Sonnet Gallery: 1480 Main St.
Original paintings, glass sculptures and accessories are on display year-round. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, and by appointment. Information: 941-955-6443.
Stakenborg Fine Arts: 1545 Main St.
The gallery offers an enticing collection of prints, drawings and other media by renown artists spanning four centuries. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Information: 941-487-8001 or stakenborgfineart.com.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota: 3975 Fruitville Road
"Water -- The Gift of Life," featuring photos and writings by Logan Nicholson, will run through Nov. 9. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and after services Sundays. Information: 941-371-4974.
Victoria B. Cooley Studio/Gallery: 1920 Adams Lane
Original oils, watercolors and giclee prints. Floral, shell and still-life motifs as well as hand-painted items and miniature canvases are on display. Hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (or 10 p.m. during art walks) Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 941-374-1988.
The Chihuly Collection: Morean Arts Center, 400 Beach Drive
A permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly featuring large-scale works that include the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier and works from several of his popular series. They include Macchia, Niijma Floats, Persians and more. They create a unique visual experience. The collection includes a 30-seat theater, where guest can enjoy a video presentation, and a store with Chihuly merchandise. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Docent-led tours will be every half-hour on the quarter hour, so tickets will be timed for every 15 minutes. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors, $12 students and children older than age 5. For more information, call 727-896-4527.
Florida Holocaust Museum: 55 Fifth St. S.
The Florida Holocaust Museum houses the premier permanent exhibit, "History, Heritage and Hope," a compelling history of individuals of strength, courage and spirit, who confronted the extremes of hatred and persecution in their homes and communities. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Admission: $16 adults, $14. Discounted admission is offered to students and to adult and student groups; and free for museum members. Information: 727-820-0100 and flhm2.org.
Museum of Fine Arts: 255 Beach Drive N.E.
"Jamie Wyeth's Portraits of Rudolf Nureyev: Images of the Dancer from the Brandywine River Museum of Arts," Oct. 11-Jan.18. "Building the Panama Canal -- Photographs by Ernest Hallen," on view through Nov. 9. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is "$5 after 5" Thursdays only. Admission: $17 adults, $15 seniors 65 and older, $10 students age 7 and older; free to museum members and children 6 and younger; group discounts available. Admission reduced to $10 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $12 per person and student groups (including college) of 10 or more pay $4 each. Reduced student and school group admission is courtesy of The Stuart Society, the museum's dedicated fund-raising auxiliary. Information: 727-896-2667 or visit fine-arts.org.
Salvador Dalí Museum: 1 Dali Blvd.
The world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist. Permanent art collections on display year-round. Admission: $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and U.S. military, police and firefighters, $15 for children ages 13-18 and students ages 18 and older with valid ID, $7 for children ages 6-12, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Admission for Thursdays after 5 p.m. is $10. Group and child rates are available. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: 727-823-3767.
Tampa Bay History Center: 801 Old Water St., Tampa
Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Holiday hours: New Years Eve and Christmas Eve: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $12.95 adults, $10.95 seniors ages 65 and older, youths ages 13-17 and students with ID, $7.95 children ages 4-12, children ages 3 and younger are admitted free. Information: 813-228-0097 or tampabayhistorycenter.org.
Tampa Museum of Art: 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa
"Utility and Aesthetics in Ancient Art," on permanent display. The museum and Tampa law firm Hill Ward Henderson's new program, "Art on the House" enables visitors to enjoy the museum 4-8 p.m. Fridays for free. Museum hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $10 adults, $7.50 seniors, groups, military plus one guest, $5 students and free for children ages 6 and under. A "Pay what you will" structure is offered 4-8 p.m. Fridays. The Tampa Museum of Art participates in the Museums on Us program sponsored by Bank of America, which provides cardholders free access to some of the nation's finest museums. Information: 813-274-8130.