Covivant Gallery, 4906 N. Florida Ave., Tampa (813-232-3283). Black Out, a showcase of Bay area artists, features Ryan Arcieri, David Greg Harth, Thomas Raymond Hipschen, Polly Holt, Jon Karl Holm and Ski. The opening reception is at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7, and the exhibition runs through July 29. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and by appointment.
Gulfport Gallery Walk, in the Gulfport Art Village, South of 28th Avenue on Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport (727-321-0830). The village's monthly Gallery Walk takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 6. Wine and dine at one of Gulfport's restaurants or pubs, then check out the latest paintings, pottery, sculptures, glass, antiques and more during extended hours at over a dozen galleries. Soul Mates, David Domingo and Tawny & Scott supply the tunes, and Dan Bricker from the St. Petersburg Astronomy Club gives you a view of the night sky through his handmade telescopes.
Hyde Park Fine Arts, 937 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-258-8883). Influx, a group painting exhibition, showcases four emerging artists: Kathryn Jill Johnson, Roxie Veasey, Joanna Coke and Hector Del Campo. All of the artists received their formal training from USF's fine arts program within the past five years. The opening reception is 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 6. and the show continues through Aug.11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Painted Fish Gallery, 350 Main St., Dunedin (727-736-0934). The Painted Fish hosts its Summer Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The gallery's new show presents hand-colored etchings by Tampa artist John Costin, whose latest show, Vista, concentrates on herons and egrets in their natural habitats. The exhibit runs through Sept. 2. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (extended to 7 p.m. on Friday).
531 Central Fine Arts, 531 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-822-2787). The gallery is showcasing the oil paintings of Kay Sutherland, along with pieces by Jean Lou Carel, Catherine Maize, Jacques Ousson, Antuan Rodriguez and Dan Godzieba. The group exhibit continues through Aug. 8. Summer hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visit www.531central.com.
African Art Gallery, 1711 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa (813-737-5312). This gallery features the finest in hand-carved African art, as well as other collectibles imported from West Africa. Paintings by Hargraves Nutkwana and Cecile Boswell Brown are also on display, along with the Benya Collection of never to be found again ancient artifacts from different African tribes. The West African Fofole Collection of modern, handcarved furniture rounds out the collection. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment on Sunday.
Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Pete (727-822-7872). The opening reception for the Art Center's summer exhibitions is at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 12, but the shows open to all on Saturday, July 7, and runs through Aug. 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Brad Cooper Gallery, 1712 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City (813-248-6098). Mysteries, featuring the works of contemporary artist Peter Mitchev, continues through July 21. Mitchev, one of the most successful and productive Bulgarian painters, offers works that are slightly Byzantine, and reminiscent of Gustav Klimt. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment.
Centre Gallery, in USF's Phyllis P. Marshall Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813-974-5464). Splinters Pearls, a multimedia exhibition of sculpture and prints by Yudit Naage, runs through July 12. Yudit's work started out as imaginary explorations of small openings in the ground and broadened to include body spaces and exteriors. The Potato Years, an exhibition of paintings by Bradikus (Brad Kokay), continues through July 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Clayton Galleries, 4105 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-831-3753). Hot Summer Show I, featuring works by Peter Brown, Robin Cody, Lynn Davison, Billie Hightower, Cassandra James, Rebecca Sexton Larson, Stacey Rosende, Craig, Rubadoux, Jeff Whipple and others, continues through July 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center, 176 Fifth Ave., Safety Harbor (727-723-8638). Independence, Freedom and Justice For All, an exhibition of freedom-themed art, continues through Aug. 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.
Dresses for Humanity, presented by The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, continues through July at Centro Ybor. Back in 1997, Princess Di auctioned off 79 of her dresses for charity, and local resident Maureen Rorech Dunkel bought 14 of the coveted beauties. The auction and catalog raised more than $5-million for charity, and Dunkel continues the Princess' charitable work by exhibiting her collection. Tampa is the last city lucky enough to see the wardrobe, before it enjoys a 10-year run at Kensington Palace. The exhibition takes place in the vacant store between Victoria's Secret and GameWorks, on Eighth Avenue. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, and admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors. Call 813-961-8388 or visit www.princessdidresses.com.