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Mennello Museum of American Art

“The Twenty-One” by Earl Cunningham at Mennello Museum of American Art (Collection of Michael A Mennello)

Are you getting holiday cabin fever? Tired of being cooped up with the kids and visiting family, and party after party? Well, there are lots of art places you can go during the holiday week, some with extended hours.

For an extreme get-out-of-the-house art quest you can take the air bridge to New York or Miami for their many museums, street performances, etc. Or you can fly to Las Vegas and view museum-worthy art 24-7 at any of Steve Wynn's properties. Some works can be seen in public areas, including the Bellagio's $40-million ceiling by glass artist Dale Chihuly; others are on view in formal galleries such as the Wynn Resorts building on the Strip (formerly the Desert Inn, $10 adult admission).

Isn't it tempting?

But, if you can't make an impromptu out-of-town expedition, there are plenty of art places you can escape to in Central Florida.

All of our area's museums/galleries will be closed Sunday (Christmas Day) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1), and most will be shuttered Dec. 26 because many usually aren't open on Mondays. However, the Mennello Museum of American Art (900 E. Princeton St., Loch Haven Park, Orlando, 407-246-4278) will host a special open house on the 26th …. with free admission. This hidden bijou is showing "Eight from Florida," a large permanent collection of American folk art, including its been-shown-at-the-Smithsonian collection of luminous paintings by Earl Cunningham. This is the perfect time to discover or revisit the Mennello and its serene lakefront sculpture garden.

The Maitland Art Center (231 W. Packwood Ave., 407-539-2181), another hidden gem, will be open its normal hours (closed Mondays and holidays). MAC reignited its Artist-in-Action program last year, returning the center to its origins as a retreat where now-famous artists (Milton Avery, for one) came to work and reflect. Four artists are in residence now and their hours vary, so be sure to call before you go. If watching an artist isn't your cup of tea, you still can view the mixed-media paintings of Camilo Velasquez and catch "Borders of Paradise: The New World in the Eyes of Explorers," a collection of watercolors, prints and maps that show Florida as it was when the Europeans arrived.

The wonderful Morean Arts Center (719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-821-5623) has extended its normal hours for Dec. 26-30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The Morean sometimes has glass-working demonstrations and always has some great art. Best of all, admission is free. Two exhibits are currently hanging: "Upcycled" features works created from recycled materials and "Honoring My Ancestors" is a collection of words and images. Of course, St. Pete is not a one-horse town when it comes to art. You can spend the entire day in its downtown walking to museums (except maybe the Dali), galleries, shops, pier and restaurants.

sentinelvisualarts@cfl.rr.com
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