On the Radar: Kitchen Dreams and Undressing the Feminine

Is femininity an innate trait or the sum total of gender-specific expressions? Artists working in a variety of media will confront those kinds of thought-provoking questions in Undressing the Feminine at Mindy Solomon Gallery in downtown St. Pete. Make some time for the opening reception this Saturday, which includes an artists’ panel. The exhibit features the work of artists Misty Gamble, Anne Drew Potter, Connie Imboden, Sean Fader, Bonnie Seeman, J. Aiden Simon and Becky Flanders. Even if you can’t make it Saturday, you’ll have plenty of time to catch the show, which runs through Aug.14. Mindy Solomon Gallery, 124 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, mindysolomon.com. --Anthony Salveggi

Two intriguing art shows on domesticity and female identity are on the verge of ending — how they might relate to one another, well discuss amongst yourselves. Anyhow, make it a plan before next weekend to stop by the Morean Arts Center to see Ricky Bernstein's "Kitchen Dreams" and Mindy Solomon Gallery's "Undressing the Feminine." Both are described below.  

Ricky Bernstein: Kitchen Dreams is a collection of oversized, collage-style cartoon graphics dealing with domestic dramas. The juxtaposition of a playful medium and serious subject matter provide a pop-art flair for addressing everyday dilemmas. This Woman’s Work, a compilation of works by photographer Margaret LeJeune, painter Amy Hill, mixed media artist Candice Smith Corby, glass artist Lisabeth Sterling and performance artist Venia Bechrakis, give insight into their interpretations of a woman's role in the home — from female hunters to overwhelmed housewives. On display through Aug. 14. moreanartscenter.org. Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg.—Franki Weddington

    What does it mean to be female?

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