Art: Mysterious Clarity

Friday, May 16

What are the odds that three Florida State University art professors would all feel passionately enough about the same subject to spend their careers exploring it? Pretty good if the subject is as elusive and fascinating as the state's natural environment. Join the Gulf Coast Museum of Art for Mysterious Clarity, a three-person exhibition devoted to paintings inspired by Florida's landscape by artists (and FSU colleagues) Ray Burggraf, Mark Messersmith and Lilian Garcia-Roig. Though their subject is the same, the three painters could hardly be more diverse: Rurggraf offers dynamic, Op Art-inspired abstractions of the coast, while Garcia-Roig explores dense and tangled forests and Messersmith conjures changing landscapes populated with majestic but endangered wildlife. On display May 17-July 27, with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. Fri., May 16, followed by an opening reception at 7 p.m. (regular hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun.), 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo, $8 adults/$6 seniors/$5 students (free for members and children 10 and younger), 727-518-6833, gulfcoastmuseum.org.

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