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KY Glass Exhibit 
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Through Feb. 2, 2008, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, KY, is hosting a comprehensive showing of Kentucky glassblower Stephen Powell's work through Feb. 2, 2008.
Displaying more than 30 pieces of Powell's work, the exhibition traces his evolution as an artist. One of his exquisite pieces is shown at right in a photo by David Harpe.
Visit www.kentuckyarts.org.

New VA Museum Opens 

A new $28 million Virginia Museum of Natural History has opened in Martinsville, VA. Visitors will be greeted by the skeleton of the giant dinosaur Allosaurus  when they enter the new 90,000-square-foot facility. In addition, ambient chirps, roars and croaks surround visitors as they explore  re-creations of paleontology digs and natural wildlife habitats.

The “Uncovering Virginia” exhibit recreates some of the commonwealth's most important archaeological digs. Museum goers might also see scientists at work at this Smithsonian Institution affiliate, accredited by the American Association of Museums – a distinction earned by less than 10 percent of museums in the United States. \

The museum is at 1001 Douglas Ave. Contact 276-666-8600 or www.vmnh.net 

Baton Rouge Museum News

Baton Rouge is now home to the largest museum in the state: The Louisiana State Museum. Discover the diversity of Louisiana's culture, history and heritage here. Intriguing artifacts include a Civil War submarine, a record-breaking Marlin and a wooden shrimp trawler.

Famous Louisiana musicians are a hit here, too, with memorabilia from Aaron Neville and Fats Domino, to name a few. Contact http://lsm.crt.state.la.us.


Museums & the Arts
Sarasota's Ringling Museum: 5 Experiences in One!

Circus legend John Ringling and his wife Mable built a massive, European-style palace boasting Italian antiques, art and architecture in Sarasota, FL. Today, you may tour this magnificent Italianate villa along with two superb circus museums; a world-class art museum to rival anything in New York or London; the 1798-era Asolo Theater; and Mable's Rose Garden. The Ringling Art Museum & Estate is a surprising diversion with five unique experiences
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Street Art on a Grand Scale in Dothan, AL

Nestled in southeastern Alabama is Dothan, land of peanuts and cotton. This city is home to the National Peanut Festival and a collection of original murals painted on downtown buildings. Check out our original photos showcasing these lovely murals. From the Spanish explorer DeSoto to the women of the South, from the Tuskegee Airmen to a native American Indian chief and a local movie cowboy hero, the murals are street art on a grand scale!
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Curtain Rises for Miami Cultural Transformation

Last October, the new $450-million Carnival Center for the Performing Arts opened in downtown Miami. For the first time, the city had a comprehensive performance venue boasting facilities designed for any medium -- whether dance, theater, music or opera.

Freelance writer Molly Staub, a south Florida resident, checks out the new theater. She shows what's there, what's special and why visitors might buy a performance ticket.

So let's head out with Molly as the house lights dim and the curtain goes up.
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Knights, Dali and Chihuly.

Who would have thought one of the world's largest collections of Dali art would reside in laid-back St. Petersburg, FL? Or that a local arts center has snared an original collection from Dale Chihuly for its permanent collection?

A little known fact? Central Florida's St. Petersburg is a powerhouse when it comes to superb art. This year visitors may enjoy unusual exhibitions including a close-up look at the world of knights' armor from Medieval and Renaissance times at the Florida International Museum.

Tampa Bay writer Ginger Warder takes a look at what else is new for 2007 and what's planned for St. Petersburg's museums. Several are expanding their faciliies.

But if you're ready to go now, Ginger shows how to explore Knights, Dali or Dale Chihuly.
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Augusta, GA Rolls Out Gallery Pass

Augusta, GA, has introduced a new Gallery Pass, which gives culture lovers eight different ways to explore -- by visiting eight different museums and cultural venues -- for a reduced price.

What's included and how much does it cost? See our story for more details on cultural fun in Augusta.
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