Surreal Imaginings

This week in St. Petersburg, the Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance debuted a new limited-run exhibit, Cirque du Surreal, which includes a wide array of phantasmagoric imaginings — water media, metal sculpture, mixed-media photographs, paintings and plenty else — by Bruce Norris, Boo Ehrsam, Bettina Schott, Jude Bagatti, Marie Cummings, Treza Bettencourt, Judy Vienneau and several other GCAA members.

Cirque du Surreal culminates this Saturday night with a Festive Carnival of creative amusements. Song-and-dance team Addie Spicuzza and Pam Williams perform as the "Dancing Dalís," Lydia Swystun plays Native American flute melodies, Bruce Norris provides comic relief, local poets and authors Eunice Fisher, John DiSanza and Cori MacNaughton read from their respective works, and mixed-media artist Anita Richardson executes on-the-spot art demos

Carnival attendees can also expect a special appearance by Mother Earth and a surprise guest, as well as an arts-and-crafts sale, a drawing for a "mystery box" packed with original artwork by GCAA members and various culinary delights.

Cirque du Surreal, on display Jan. 23-26, with the special multimedia reception to occur from 6 to 10 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26, [email protected], 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, free admission (donations appreciated), 727-895-6620,