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Friday's a busy night for art lovers, while art meets fashion on Saturday

Arty Apparel: Wearable Art 13

The lines between art and fashion are so often blurred that they're nearly non-existent. The Dunedin Fine Art Center has been celebrating that connection for 13 years, with Wearable Art, which returns Saturday. Designers including Julian Hartzog, Lina Teixeira and Sue Woodall-Metas will have their wildest creations strut down the catwalk during the runway show, which is the main event.

An after-party follows, featuring world fusion band Wahh. There is also a pre-party at 7 p.m., featuring duo Spy on the Land. Tickets are $10 to attend the parties and watch the runway show on a video monitor. The runway show starts at 8:30 p.m., and the coveted runway seats run $55-$95. 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. dfac.org.

Hard to Choose: Openings Abound

It's a great problem to have, but Friday night there are almost too many great art openings to choose from, especially in Tampa. Here's a roundup:

CASS Contemporary and the Epicurean Hotel began a partnership a while back to showcase contemporary artists. This event features French artist and illustrator Sébastien Féraut, a.k.a. Niark1. Expect psychedelic imagery drenched with color and rife with imagination. Tickets are $25 and will be applied to any purchase made during the event. Chateau Ste. Michelle wine, Coppertail Brewing Co. beer and hors d'oeuvres will be served. 7-9 p.m. at 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. epicureanhotel.com.

Belgian artist David Claerbout opens an exhibition at the University of South Florida's Contemporary Art Museum, featuring his video installations and drawings that explore the construct of time. There's a lecture on Claerbout's work by New York-based art critic Christian Viveros-Fauné at 6 p.m. in the School of Music Concert Hall, followed by the opening reception at the museum at 7 p.m. It's free to attend, but you will have to pay for parking. 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa. ira.usf.edu.

See a multitude of visions at Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. The highly anticipated Members Show runs from 5-7 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. It's pay as you choose, and free for members. 400 N Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa. fmopa.org.

If you're 'Burg-bound, Florida CraftArt's Members' Show is a must-see. View works in ceramics, glass, fiber, mixed-media and jewelry from Florida craft artists, many of whom will be in attendance. The opening reception runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and is free to attend. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. floridacraftart.org.

Friday's a busy night for art lovers, while art meets fashion on Saturday 08/23/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:54am]
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