A guide to Tampa Bay art events this weekend

Free Museum Day is here, plus there’s a new show at Mize Gallery and Creative Pinellas showcases emerging artists.
Tampa Museum of Art features this work and others on display as part of the exhibition "Purvis Young: 91." Courtesy of  Philip LaDeau
Tampa Museum of Art features this work and others on display as part of the exhibition "Purvis Young: 91." Courtesy of Philip LaDeau
Published September 18


It would be great to frequent Tampa Bay’s cultural institutions on a regular basis, but that can get expensive. Enter Free Museum Day on Saturday. There are actually two free museum days happening at the same time and they’re a little different. There’s a national Free Museum Day inspired by Smithsonian magazine’s event. Venues throughout the country participate, but you must get a ticket at smithsonianmag.com. And St. Petersburg has its own Free Museum Day without a ticket requirement. The Dalí Museum is offering free entry to Pinellas County residents, but others who buy admission will receive a voucher to come back. Find a complete list at tampabay.com.

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Two remarkable things about Florida: iconic neon signs and retro beach motels. They’re the muses of artists Todd Bates and Selina Roman, whose two-person show “Pretty Vacant” is on at Mize Gallery. Bates travels America photographing old neon signs from roadsides. He views them as aging relics and preserves them by transforming them into reimagined photographs and silk screened gig posters. Roman focuses on mid-century motels with her photographic series, Please Disturb. She sets up surreal scenes full of saturated colors amid faded tropical linens. She sees the places as metaphor for aging beauty, dark pasts, secrets and transformation. Hear from them during the artists’ talk on Sunday. Free. 3-5 p.m. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. chadmize.com.

"Delirium," a screenprint by Todd Bates, is included in the "Pretty Vacant" exhibition at St. Petersburg's Mize Gallery. Courtesy of Chad Mize


Creative Pinellas gave grants to 10 emerging artists this year to focus on their work, culminating in the Emerging Artist Exhibit at the organization’s gallery. If you stop by this weekend you can view art in a variety of media by Anna Ayres, Christina Bertsos, George Retkes, Javier T. Dones, Jim Gigurtsis, Laura Spencer, Linda Costa Cheranichit and Sondra Elder. Visit the botanical gardens next to the gallery to experience beauty in many forms. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. creativepinellas.org.