The month of October brings several new art exhibits to local galleries. Of special note is the fine art of Frida Kahlo via a traveling exhibit at the Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus. The exhibit celebrates the artist's attention to Mexican and indigenous cultures and the depiction of the female experience and form, revealed in her paintings and self-portraits.
• The Zooper Art Show and contest, featuring works depicting wildlife, will be on display through Nov. 3 at the Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. The exhibit includes about 40 entries. An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the center. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday and Saturdays. For information about classes, exhibitions, exhibits and future events, go to pascoarts.org.
• Gateway Gallery and Emporium in downtown New Port Richey celebrates its first anniversary and the month of October with the surreal. "The Sea Monster" features a collection of oil paintings and charcoal drawings by Jacabo, a primarily self-taught fine artist, whose work has been exhibited at several Florida galleries, including the ARTpool Gallery in St. Petersburg and the Dunedin Fine Art Center. An opening reception, featuring art demonstrations by gallery teachers, entertainment by Mullins Music and light refreshments, will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the gallery, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. For information about gallery hours, classes and future events, go to gatewaygalleryemporium.com.
• Pasco-Hernando State College's Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery will play host to "Frida: Teacher's Discovery Traveling Exhibit — Murals," from Oct. 11 through Dec. 12. The community is invited to an opening reception sponsored by the PHSC Student Government Association from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 11 at the gallery on PHSC's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Art gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For information, call 727-816-3231 or visit phsc.edu/gallery.
• The West Pasco Art Guild's "Animal House" exhibit will have an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Refreshments will be served. For information about classes and workshops, call (727) 842-7732 or visit westpascoartguildandgallery.org.