December Events and things to do in and around the Clearwater Beach Area.
Sunsets at Pier 60
Pier 60, Clearwater Beach (727) 449-1036. Artisans, street performers, musicians and more perform two hours before sunset and two hours after. Artisians must display their own hand crafted work. www.sunsetsatpier60.com
Downtown Farmer’s Market (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
112 S. Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Features fresh produce, plants, bakery products, seafood, weekly entertainment.
Lighted Boat Parade
Various waterways throughout Clearwater (727) 363-9245. This annual tradition features colorful lighted boats parading through the waterways; a good vantage point is downtown’s Coachman Park. Free.
Weedon Island Preserve (9:00 AM)
Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg (727) 453-6500. Ongoing recreational opportunities including guided hikes every Saturday. The preserve has canoe and kayak trails, 4.54 miles of hiking trails and a variety of estuary and terrestial habitats for avid birders.
Theater in Ancient Art: The William Knight Zewadski Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (727) 896-2667. 50 fascinating Greek and Roman works recreate a theatrical experience recognizing the theater was not only entertainment but was an integral, ritualistic part of these civilizations. www.fine-arts.org
When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Exquisite rings, anklets, earrings, hair pendants, jeweled crowns, ivery combs and an elaborate swing and a gold throne for a deity are among the peice on view. They demonstrate the perference for gold in South Indian Jewelry.
Christopher Still: Coming Home
12211 Walsingham Road, Largo (727) 518-6833. Still is best known for his artful representations of Florida life, history and culture. To achieve the accuracy and detail he requires, he has traipsed into the Florida wilderness, used a specialized painting box to paint underwater, interviewed scholars and descendants of historical figures and researched countless aspects of Florida history. Fee. www.gulfcoastmuseum.org
Wifredo Lam in North America
Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third Street South, St. Petersburg (727) 823-3767. Over 50 paintings, drawings, photos and letters by Wifredo Lam, the celebrated 20th century Cuban-born artist, focus on the artist’s impact on the development of modern art in America, tracing the way in which he combined aspects of the European avant-garde with Afro-Cuban myths and art forms. www.salvadordalimuseum.org
Myth in Dali’s Art
Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 Third Street S, St. Petersburg (727) 823-3767. Selections of the museum’s permanent collection examine how Dali used mythology to embody his fears and desires. www.salvadordalimuseum.org
Beauty in Common Things: American Arts and Crafts Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation
Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg (727) 896-2667. The show features approximately 80 examples of pottery from the American Arts and Crafts movement by esteemed potteries as Rookwood, Grueby, Newcomb College, Marblehead, Teco, Saturday Evening Girls, and Overbeck. Furniture and paintings will place the ceramic objects in context and create environments which will enhance understanding of the Arts and Crafts movement in America. www.fine-arts.org