If you've never been out to the Anita S. Wooten Gallery at Valencia College's East Campus in Orlando, Friday could be extra-special "first time" experience for you. You can enjoy a reception at 6:30 p.m. while viewing the artwork of Luba Lukova, a New York based artist who also will explain her distinctive use of color, text and economy of line in the creation of her paintings. Also on Friday, 5-8 p.m., enjoy a special "Outdoor Variety Show" of singers, a rock band and comedian/magician Michael Kent. Both events are free, but a donation of two cans of food for Valencia's food pantry is requested for the variety show. Valencia is at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail. Details: 407-582-2298 (gallery office).
New at Craftsmen
An excellent and very different art exhibition opens Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the fabulous Florida Craftsmen galleries in downtown St. Petersburg. "Cut, Fold, Shred" features the work of 11 artists using paper as their medium. I've seen some of the pieces, both 2-D and 3-D, and they're amazing. The exhibit hangs until Oct. 29 at the Craftsmen, 501 Central Blvd. Details: 727-821-7391.
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Exhibits big, small
The Museum of Florida Art in DeLand will open "Forging an Identity: Contemporary Latin American Art," an amazing new international exhibition, at 6 p.m. Friday. The show features works by major artists from that region. As a bonus, two smaller exhibits also will debut: "Private Spaces: México," work by award-winning photographer Les Slesnick; and "Mary Schimpff Webb: Artist/Jeweler." The museum is at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. Details: 386-734-437.
Check out the double opening Saturday at Arts on Douglas and alt_space Gallery (inside AonD). Chris Robb's "Abstract Paintings" is a solo show of his dynamic compositions on canvas in the main exhibition area. Robb also will present a talk at 11 a.m. Sept. 13. Kalina Winska's intricate drawings "allude to natural phenomena, living systems, and their formation on a micro and macro scale." Her work in "Clairvoyance" is on view in alt_space, which is reserved for nontraditional art forms. AonD is at 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach. Details: 386-423-1753.