Fall Arts: The most anticipated museum and gallery shows of the season

The most anticipated shows from museums and galleries this fall.

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click to enlarge Alice Simpson's "The Gospel According to Miss ROJ" from Florida Craftsmen's show of handmade books. - Florida Craftsmen
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Alice Simpson's "The Gospel According to Miss ROJ" from Florida Craftsmen's show of handmade books.

Scissors: Pop Up. Who says pop-up books are (just) for kids? Check out Florida Craftsmen's sophisticated showcase of playful, painstaking books, handmade by contemporary artists. Sept. 18-Oct. 31, Florida Craftsmen, St. Petersburg, 727-821-7391, floridacraftsmen.net.

3rd Annual Folkfest St. Pete. Creative Clay's outdoor street festival brings together folk, naïve and visionary artists from around the country; Donna the Buffalo headlines a bevy of music acts. Sat., Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Creative Clay, St. Petersburg, 727-825-0515, creativeclay.org.

Cumbas/Torres/Echeverry. Three talented Tampa-based artists converge for an exhibition that encompasses painting (by Edgar Sanchez Cumbas), drawing (Alex Torres) and new media and printmaking (Santiago Echeverry). Oct. 2-23, [5]art, Tampa, 813-340-9056, five-art.com.

3 from Korea. Dunedin collector Mindy Solomon brings a passion for contemporary ceramic art to downtown St. Pete, inaugurating her eponymous gallery with 3 from Korea, featuring Sunkoo Yuh, Sung Jae Choi and Kang Hyo Lee. Oct. 3-Nov. 13, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, 727-502-0852, mindysolomon.com.

Allison Massari. The Bay area native, whose inspiring personal history includes recovering from a near-fatal car accident in 1998 to become a motivational speaker, showcases her latest figurative paper collages. Oct. 9-Nov. 7, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, moreanartscenter.org.

Visual Unity: A Collaboration. Curator Rocky Bridges rounds up 18 central Florida-based artists (from glass maven Susan Gott to Polaroid transfer queen Anna Tomczak) and convinces them to create 36 new, collaborative works. Oct. 9-Dec. 31, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, 727-822-7872, moreanartscenter.org.

I Heard A Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill A traveling exhibition organized by Chattanooga's Hunter Museum of American Art brings nearly 30 of the acclaimed contemporary artist's works — with an emphasis on sculptural installations — to St. Petersburg. Poetic and psychologically charged, Dill's constructions often combine fabric and figures (or dress forms) with text to spellbinding effect; works featured in I Heard A Voice respond to poetry by Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu and Franz Kafka. Expect to be moved by the artist's ideas and awed by her craft. Oct. 10-Dec. 27, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667, fine-arts.org.

Jarrod and Sorine Anderson. Brother-and-sister emerging artists team up for a show featuring individual and collaborative work that gallery owner Lori Johns will promote at Aqua Art Miami 2009 following a local debut. Nov. 6-Dec. 19, C. Emerson Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 727-898-6068, c-emersonfinearts.com.

New Weather: Diana Al-Hadid, Robyn O'Neil and Iva Gueorguieva. If the sublime weren't chronically over-diagnosed in contemporary art, it might be the perfect description for what links Al-Hadid's massive sculptures, O'Neil's quietly disturbing landscape drawings and Gueorguieva's tumultuous paintings. Nov. 6-Mar. 6, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, 813-974-4133, ira.usf.edu.

Magnum Opus. If you pine for Gala Corina, check out Magnum Opus — or any art party hosted by Square One. On tap: work by 75 local artists, dance and fashion stage shows and an album release party. Sat., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.-midnight, The Ritz Ybor, Tampa, 813-247-2555, ritzybor.com, squareoneflorida.com.

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