You think this is just a list of fun art to check out on the weekend?! This is about more than just ‘fun’! Being appraised of the best of Tampa’s art is good for your character! With so much at stake, I have no idea why anyone would miss either of these exhibits.
Art weekends don’t come much more chilled out than this. This week’s suggestions offer a laid back experience in St. Pete. How about adding some nice weather and perhaps two nights in a boutique hotel for a semi-staycation? Tonight we’re getting generous with a meal at the MFA, followed by a weekend art festival and gallery talk.
Tempus Projects – Between Earth and Sky
Opening reception Fri 10/19 7pm-10pm
Tempus Projects’ latest offering is the first exhibit from the Tampa Photography Collective. The group meets monthly at the Tempus Projects space to share and discuss new work. This show marks the first time they’ve exhibited as a group.
Good photography is difficult to come by and a medium not often seen at Tempus Projects. This is partly why the exhibit would be especially worth a visit. Also, though, the collective is made up of some very talented photographers – for example, check out Becky Flanders or Chris Otten. This exhibit was specifically recommended in Creative Loafing’s Fall Arts Preview. I suspect it won’t be difficult to see why. I definitely suggest taking the opportunity to see all of these artists exhibiting together.
Tampa Museum of Art – Art After Dark
Fri 10/19 8pm-11pm $10
The TMoA’s quarterly art party, Art After Dark, is once again upon is. This quarter’s installment features FIVE by FIVE, a benefit for the Arts Council of Hillsborough. Over 600(?!) pieces of 5 x 5 inch art will be for sale at the cost of $25. There is a bit of a catch, though: the artist’s name is only provided upon purchase. Further, the “partial” list published on the event’s website contains over 340 artists (again, ?!). Though it may be difficult sans names, look out for work from Neverne Covington, Vince Kral, Rebecca Sexton Larson, Kim Radatz, and Josette Urso. This is one of those collecting opportunities that shouldn’t be missed: the art is wildly affordable and it benefits art grants. It would be morally wrong to miss it. Fair warning: I’m gunning for that Josette Urso. If you’ve got your eye on her work I advise you get there early and be prepared to be challenged to the circle of death.
The Pinellas arts scene can’t easily be pinned down – we’re a pretty diverse bunch. For the well-rounded arts lover that you are, this is likely a point of pride. This week we’re getting even more rounded, as our picks range from the hell-raising to the heartwarming.
Check out the calendar here on ARTICULATE
Sometime in the early ’90’s I constantly wore several slap bracelets on each arm. I did this to maximize the use I could extract from the bracelets before they inevitably fell out of favor with fashion. The Tampa Art scene seems to be packing events into the first half of October as if it were similarly about to go out of style, so to say. Seriously, though, its only an expression: good art will never go out of style. But just in case, you better head to all of these. Consider the line-up for the next three days.
MAZE Gallery, HCC – EMERGE Art Exhibition
Opening Reception Wed 10/03 4:30pm-7:00pm
Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College has emerged to be an important gallery in an art scene that feels like it’s just picking up steam. University galleries can often and easily be dismissed, with community college galleries hardly receiving any consideration at all. At HCC, though, skillful curating has kept the gallery relevant and interesting. Wednesday the school celebrates the opening of a brand new venue: MAZE Gallery. The space will exhibit the work of current students and HCC alumni. The importance of student galleries in colleges deserves a blog post unto itself. I’ll just say that this space was a surprising move for a school of this size, but a great decision. Stop by Wednesday evening to catch some student work in the gallery’s inaugural exhibit.
Tempus Projects – REDUCED5
Closing Reception Thur 10/04 6:30pm-8:30pm
The REDUCED5 juried exhibit ends this Saturday with a reception to close things out. the black and white themed show is juried by its creator Kurt Piazza. Honestly, in terms of quality, juried exhibits in our area are usually hit and miss at best. Perhaps it’s the parameters set on the work, but there is nary a weakling in the bunch here. Further, much of the work comes with a price tag that could likely fit your budget. While you’re there keep an eye out for the witty work of freshly gone Ryann Slauson among others.
Box on 5th – Vince Kral: FanAddict
Opening Reception Fri 10/05 7:30pm-10:00pm
The new gallery’s fourth exhibit is a solo exhibit featuring the work of local artist Vince Kral. Though I haven’t spotted an artist statement yet, I’m familiar with his art. Kral’s work often deals with complex ideas of pop-culture, consumption of images, authorship, and so on. However, his art is delivered with an intelligent humor making his work accessible. Kral often treads some conceptual ground that we don’t often see from local artists. For example, check out his Sponsor Vince Suit. Anyhow, you can expect to see an especially engaging exhibit at a venue that has been bringing crowded receptions since its opening.