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Artists’ talks and Sharon Norwood’s definition of beauty

MARK MAKING: DEFINING BEAUTY

Black, squiggly lines are at the center of multidisciplinary artist Sharon Norwood’s works, an exhibition of which titled "Defining Beauty" opens at Tempus Projects on Saturday. Norwood’s use of the line in a variety of media, including painting and ceramics, makes the simple mark a nuanced symbol, addressing gender, race and class. A classical china tea set becomes imbued with complexity by the addition of the curly lines, meant to represent hair. As hair, the lines create dialogue about race and the black body. The vintage tea set itself is also steeped in themes of colonialism and gender. On display through July 21. Saturday’s opening reception is free and takes place from 7-9 p.m. with a brief discussion with Norwood at 7:15. 4636 N Florida Ave, Tampa.

INSIGHTFUL: ARTIST TALKS

The insight one gains from hearing an artist speak about their work is invaluable. Two artist talks are happening today.

Leslie Neumann will not only discuss her solo exhibit at the Morean Art Center, Manna From Heaven ... and Earth, she’ll also talk about art and environmental activism. Neumann’s series of paintings focus on the power of nature versus troubling current events. On display through June 29. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. 719 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Learn about photographer Selina Roman’s career and the photos in her exhibit A Liminal State, on display through Sept. 23 at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Roman’s works present a juxtaposition between the vanishing glamor of old Florida and the temporary feeling the state possesses. The talk is held in the Fine Arts auditorium, followed by a Q&A in the exhibition gallery and cold beverages on the museum’s terrace. Donations welcome. 6-8 p.m. 600 E Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs.

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