Art this week: Artists celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Danial Ryan's cats are back and so are 100 more films

Courtesy of Chad Mize
Daniel Mrgan's take on the Marx Brothers classic film Duck Soup is part of the "100 Films, Part 2" exhibit.
Courtesy of Chad Mize Daniel Mrgan's take on the Marx Brothers classic film Duck Soup is part of the "100 Films, Part 2" exhibit.
Published April 4
Updated April 4

Celebración de la Vida: Dia de los Muertos

Just hearing the words Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) conjures up colorful images of painted sugar skulls, masks and paper flowers that are central to the Mexican holiday that celebrates deceased loved ones. It’s hard to think of a holiday that is as open to artistic interpretation, so Florida CraftArt’s "Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life" exhibition should be a lot of fun. Curated by artist Mark Noll, who is Mexican-American, the show will feature themed works in fine craft media, as well as 160 artist-embellished sugar skulls that Noll carved. The free opening reception from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday is meant to be a fiesta, with people encouraged to dress up, with traditional face painting offered at the gallery for $15 at 4:30 p.m. There’s a ton of programming associated with the show, including Sunday’s sugar skull and cookie decorating workshop ($5 per person, supplies included). It remains on display through May 29. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391. floridacraftart.org.

Kitschy Cats: Danial Ryan

People are crazy about cats, so it’s no wonder that Danial Ryan’s first solo exhibition at the Bends completely sold out. His delightfully imaginative paintings put cats in a variety of surreal situations, and his new collection will be on display at the Bends starting Friday. I dare you to not find them charming. The opening reception starts at 9 p.m. Music starts at 10 p.m., featuring live music from Loose Talk, Geri X and King Complex. 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Art Sequel: 100 Films, Part 2

A few years back, Chad Mize presented the "100 Films" art show, where100 artists interpreted a movie on a 12-by-12 panel that Mize provided. The reaction was so great that he and Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery are having a sequel Saturday at Green Bench Brewing Co. After opening night, work that hasn’t sold will be displayed in Black Amethyst and Mize’s new gallery, which are on the same block, through May. Now that’s a sequel you know will be good. The opening is from 7-11 p.m. at 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

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