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This month, the St. Pete Opera follows its acclaimed production of The Merry Widow with Pinocchio at Opera Central. Pinocchio, part of SPO's family series, is a kid-style introduction to the opera designed to catch the interest of opera's next generation with a colorful, fast paced story and easily understood English lyrics incorporating the music of Mozart, Offenbach, Verdi and Donizetti. More than 700 Pinellas County third graders will be bussed to Opera Central to see this adaptation of the classic children's tale. SPO presents Rigoletto for the New Year in January 2020.

The beautiful results of Shine Festival 2019 are all around as we move through the city this month, including the mural painted by St. Pete Artist David Charleton of The Space Between, winner of the festival's call to artists.

Sum of Its Parts, showing this month at The Mirella Cimato Gallery at Opera Central, features work by mosaic artist Teresa Sullivan of Sullivan Mosaics in a modern interpretation of the 5,000 year old art form. Sullivan explores her universe by bringing discrete pieces together to form a new experience, using ancient tools and materials conceived during the Byzantine era.

Fragile, a solo exhibition by ArtWorks member Lourdes Rosas-Rasdall showing this month, pays homage to the delicate vulnerability of nature. Rosas-Rasdall was recently awarded a fully-sponsored art residency at Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. St Pete ArtWorks at 2412 Central Avenue is a subsidiary of Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance Inc., a co-operative art gallery featuring the artwork of 20 local artists in a wide range of media.

The Surreal & The Fantastic, Part 2, presents the work of visiting Seattle artists Jamie Randall, Mark Clarson, and John Miller. Miller, in addition to his work as an artist, is Assistant Professor and Head of the Glass Department at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal.

More than 50 local artists collaborated in an exhibition at Mize Gallery this month that seemed perfectly timed for the season, opening just as the cold weather finally arrived! Sweater Weather opened on November 8, For the exhibit, each participating artist created a new work on a provided 24" x 21.5" wood cutout of a sweater. Sweater Weather runs through Nov 24.

This month St. Pete First Art Collective hosts Cafe de Quatro Gatos, an art exhibition by nationally and internationally recognized artist, Jose Rodeiro. The show is inspired by the vibes and atmosphere of the famous Els Quatre Gats cafe in Barcelona. The cafe became a central meeting point for the city's most prominent modernist figures like Pablo Picasso and Ramon Casas-Carbo. Ybor-born Latin artist Jose Rodeiro is the only Tampa born Latin artist to receive a Visual Artist Fellowship in painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also received Fulbright and Oscar Cintas Fellowships in painting.His work can be seen in numerous New York City galleries. The exhibition will run through Dec 1

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS: Surrealism at The Crossroads, the new exhibit opening Nov 23 at The Dali Museum explores the rich and vital creative setting in place when Dali and Luis Bunels' film, Un Chien Andalous premiered in Paris, a time when the city was an avant-garde hothouse rife with artistic conflict and friendly rivalry. The exhibit explores the friendships and conflicts of Jean Arp, André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Alexander Calder, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy and others. Midnight in Paris will be on display at The Dali Museum through April 8, 2020.

The 22nd Annual Florida Craft Art Festival takes place Sat Nov 23 and Sun Nov 24 from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The festival presents more than 110 of the top contemporary fine craft artists in the nation, displaying and selling their work and includes an emerging artist presentation featuring artists who have not previously appeared in an outdoor festival, are at the beginning of their professional artistic careers, have not had a solo show and live in Florida at least six months each year.

LEFT: from Sum of Its Parts: Artwork by Teresa Sullivan, Now showing at The Mirella Cimato Gallery at Opera Central.
St. Pete Opera presents its production of Pinocchio to more than 700 Pinellas County 3rd Graders this month.
Work by artist M'ria Swire for Sweater Weather at MIZE Gallery this month.
Work by artist David Charleton of The Space Between for Shine Mural Festival 2019 at Fonda Nails & Spa, 2421 Central Ave, St. Pete, Charleton was the winner of a call to artists.
From The Surreal and The Fantastic, Part 2 at The Duncan McClellan Gallery this month.
From Cafe de Quatro Gatos by Jose Rodeiro at St. Pete First Art Collective.
From Fragile by Lourdes Rosas-Rasdall showing this month at St. Pete Artworks.