There are several great events across Central Florida on Friday night and many more throughout the week. You won't be able to attend all the opening receptions tonight, but fortunately these shows will hang around for awhile.
Florida Craftsmen puts on first-rate events. From conception to execution, the St. Petersburg gallery consistently creates great art experiences by selecting from the best-of-the-best artists and fine-craftsmen and then presenting the collection in a beautiful and interesting way. With "All Doll'd Up: The Magic of Art Dolls," the Craftsmen has involved a local boutique by using its vintage furniture as a backdrop to mount a well-curated group of "art dolls." In my opinion, the only similarity most of these fine objects have in common with "dolls" is that they are humanoid sculptures made from various materials. You can attend the opening and meet the artists on Friday, April 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at 501 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg. Or go during the day (until June 8) and visit the many other galleries and museums in downtown St. Petersburg.
The Museum of Florida Art in DeLand will open a trifecta of new exhibitions Friday, April 19, 5-7 p.m. "Tasting Notes: The Art of Sandro Chia" highlights the color-rich works of this Italian painter and Tuscan winemaker who also has a residence in Miami. His art graces the labels of his award-winning wines. "Lightscapes: Paintings by Richard Segalman" is a voyage through his atmospheric canvases, which are fused with abstracted figures, emotions, light and a world seen from above. Candice Russell curated and then loaned her collection of "Sequined Sentinels: Haitian Flags" for this exhibition. These little-known bedazzled textiles are used in traditional voodoo ceremonies. Admission is $5. The museum is at 600 N. Woodland Blvd.; call 386-734-4371 for details.
Partake of our great spring weather, watch artists create and explore a downtown Orlando neighborhood by attending the Private Gardens of Historic Lake Eola Heights on Sunday, April 21, noon-5 p.m. Tours are $15 and meet at the Handy Pantry, 522 E. Amelia St. Approximately a dozen artists will be painting throughout the tour area.
The 2013 Winter Park Paint Out begins Saturday and runs through April 28 on the beautiful grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens (633 Osceola Ave., 407-647-6294). There will be live painting demonstrations, including one Saturday by Kelvin Hair of Florida Highwaymen fame. Museum admission is free during the Paint Out. Go to polasek.org for a complete list of happenings.