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July 11 - Aug. 20 - Art Deco Inspired Art Show - Artists include Liz Atlan, Gary Dean Mercer Clark, Ruben Consa, Eleazar Delgado, Mary Beth Koeth, Keith Mosier and Andy Sweet.
The Art Deco era spanned the period between the two World Wars. During that time, all genres of art were influenced by the frivolity of the 1920s, the austerity of the 1930s and drive of the 1940s. Music, furniture design, art and architecture all reflected the moods of the era. Art Deco continues to influence today's artists. Many local artists and artisans draw from Miami Beach's tropical Art Deco for their works. Miami Design Preservation League is pleased to present the second Annual Art Deco Inspired Art Show showcasing local artists who have been inspired by our local historic Art Deco. Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fl 33139. Open to the public, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. More information: mdpl.org
Through Aug. 31 - An Arts Legacy: George Inness Jr. - Landscapes from the early 20th century, painted while the artist spent winters in Tarpon Springs for 25 years before his death. Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. Also on view are "Historic Tarpon Springs" and "The Legacy Continues." Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Docent tours at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children, students and military families. Free admission Sunday with a suggested donation of $5. More info: spcollege.edu/museum or (727) 712-5762.
Through August 29 - Coffee: The World in Your Cup - History of coffee production and consumption. Exhibit that tells the story of one of the world’s most widely traded commodities and how it has affected cultures, economies, and environments across the globe.
South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton. More info: 941-746-4131 or click here.
Through July 6 - "The French in Florida" - New exhibit celebrating 450th anniversary of Fort Caroline now open at Jacksonville's Museum of Science & History. Features 42 digital reproductions from the State Archives of Florida of the French's attempt to establish a settlement in Florida beginning in 1562 with the arrival of the French Hugunots. 1025 Museum Cir., Jacksonville. More info: themosh.org or call 904-396-MOSH.
Every Saturday through December -
150th Anniversary of the steamship Maple Leaf - Presented by Mandarin Museum & Historical Society (Jacksonville). This Union troop transport sank in the St. Johns River at Mandarin Point after hitting a Confederate torpedo on April 1, 1864. Over 100 Civil War artifacts from the shipwreck are on loan from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources for this exhibit. The out of print book "Maple Leaf - An Extraordinary American Civil War Shipwreck" (Keith V. Holland et.al) has been reprinted by the Mandarin Museum as a 150th Anniversary edition and is available at the museum bookstore. Dr. Holland and other divers from the St. Johns Archaeological Expeditions Inc. will be present on select Saturdays and Sundays. 11964 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville. For more information and event schedules, go to www.mandarinmuseum.net or call 904 268-0784.
Sept. 13 - Comics: The SuperPOWered History - Presented by Dunedin Historical Museum. Sponsored by Emerald City Comics. in-depth, interactive exhibit designed to recall the nostalgia of the Golden Age of Comics and illustrate how comics have risen to a dominant position in mainstream media. Comic books, sketches, costumes, collectible figures, and other comic memorabilia will be on display, as well as Batman's Batcave and Superman's Kansas home. You can learn more about American characters and discover how comics have developed in other countries. Items from Japan and Mexico show that even though the artistic design and subject matter may be different, comics are beloved and important throughout the world. Demonstrate your own superpowers by donning a mask and cape and taking a photo in the interactive space. Props are available for children and adults who wish to showcase their powers by fighting crime or flying through the sky. 349 Main St., Dunedin. More information: 727-736-1176
Through July 15 - "Journey: 450 Years of the African American Experience" - Free for St. Augustine and St. Johns County residents. For all others, admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors; and $3 for age 7 to 12. St. Augustine Visitors Information Center, 10 West Castillo Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through July 15. More information: Journey2014.com
Permanent Exhibit - Tropical Dreams: A People's History of South Florida - Tropical Dreams explores South Florida history from prehistoric times to the present day. Topics explored include First Arrivals, International Rivalry, Southward Expansion, New People - New Technology, and Gateway of the Americas.
HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130. For museum hours and other info, call (305) 375-1492 or go to www.historymiami.org.
14 - Native American Medicinal Plants - Free lecture by Michele Williams, Director for the Southeastern and Southwest Regions of Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University, 6 to 7 p.m. at the New River Inn Museum (231 SW 2 Ave, Fort Lauderdale). Presented by Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. RSVP required: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (954) 463-4431 ext. 16.