WELL READ: LITERARY HEROES
Every artists needs a muse, and Sarasota artist Mike Hanlon's are the world's great authors. So it's fitting that Hanlon's exhibition of large-scale portraits, "Literary Heroes,” is on display in Kotler Art Gallery at the John F. Germany Public Library (900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa) through Jan. 12. Hanlon's oil paintings include many of the greats, from Charles Dickens to Kurt Vonnegut to Stephen King, pictured. He shares the name of a character in King's novel It. I like that he skillfully captures not only their likeness, but also their essence. In addition to this exhibit, every month a different painting from this collection is on display at Inkwood Books (216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa). (813) 273-3652. mikehanlon.info.
ART DATE: DOWNTOWN DUNEDIN ART FESTIVAL
It's a wonderful time of year enjoy an outdoor art festival, so why not take to the charming streets of downtown Dunedin this weekend for the annual Downtown Dunedin Art Festival? More than 100 local and national artists will have their works on display, including paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics, glass and jewelry. The artists were selected by a panel of judges from hundreds of applicants, so you know this will be a quality show. Make sure to be on the lookout for Pinellas Park artist Alann Boatright, who makes whimsical paintings of robots doing human things (pictured). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Use 271 Main St. for navigation. artfestival.com.
GIVE BACK: DONATE YOUR ART AND SUPPLIES
If you have art you'd like to pass along and art supplies that you no longer need, consider donating them to the Dunedin Fine Art Center for the annual Trashy Treasures Art Sale, coming up in February. They begin accepting gently used items Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will continue receiving them through Feb. 10. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org.