The Monsters of Mobile Art! Art to Check Out Thursday

Boxfotos

This Thursday the monsters of mobile art converge on Mermaid TavernPhilanthropic Young Tampa Bay organized this event to raise money for the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts as they move to their new location.

Boxfotos, a gallery pulled around town in a shiny Airstream trailer,  will be stopping by the tavern.  The husband and wife team of Matt Larson and Rebecca Sexton Larson are the curators/artists for this traveling alternative space.  Boxfotos features photographic work at a generally affordable price, making it easier for Joe Six Pack to become Joe Art Collector (and also to become Joe Philanthropist this Thursday).  Additionally, if you’re feeling especially philanthropic and have been looking for a way to show your love for Art at Bay, you can pick me up one of Boxfotos’ awesome Starbucks pinhole cameras.

Bluebird Books will also be rolling in for the fundraiser.    If you haven’t yet climbed into the bright blue short bus you’ll quickly notice Mitzi Gordon of Bluebird acts more like a book curator than a book seller.  Bluebird serves up a particularly appealing selection of books in a visually pleasing arrangement (or rad books that look rad).  There’s something about used books that culls money out of my wallet and if you’re reading this blog chances are you’ll feel similarly.  The collection on the bus is chosen carefully and is likely to focus on photography this Thursday.  The Sasha Rae photobooth will also be joining the fun for the Bluebird Undercover project.

I know it isn’t exactly the weekend but I encourage you to reach deep down into your Id and pull out the wild child that’ll bring you out on a Thursday.  It’s encouraging to see the art scene support its own.   Add to your art collection, your library, and long list of good deeds.  The event takes place this Thursday, 2/09 at 7pm-9pm at the Mermaid Tavern.

The Monsters of Mobile Art! Art to Check Out Thursday

Learning it Up On the Short Bus

Twenty years ago I would’ve been looking for books about dinosaurs.  Though, I’m now thumbing through post-feminist titles the venue has a familiar feel: a short bus filled with books.

Bluebird Books is touring the Bay area spreading bibliophilia (yes, it itches).  While you’re out weekending you may see the little blue bus with the color coordinated collection of books inside.  Admittedly being thoroughly Kindle and Nooked out, seeing all the once loved and priced for the poor books in rainbow order was refreshing.  Also, unlike some bigger cities, the Bay area is missing an info shop.  While Bluebird Books isn’t exactly an info shop (and Mitzi Gordon [above] isn’t your average Weather Underground fugitive info shop employee), it still seems to have the same DIY feel (and a book about the Weather Underground).  I was able to hop on at Tempus Projects’ Mix Tape show and hopped off with a copy of a Diane Arbus biography for only four(!) bucks.

While Bluebird Books is touring the Bay selling books, this is only part of its mission.  Bluebird Books describes itself as “a mobile station for inspiration”.  It does this through various non-profit cultural events within the community funded by the books you buy.  You can do more than buy books to help out.  Bluebird is accepting gently-used donated books.  But we all know cash money is best.  You can make it rain at their Kickstarter project.

You can check out the Bluebird Books bus on 12/23 at the Children’s Home Benefit/Creative Loafing Holiday Mix Tape Show!

Learning it Up On the Short Bus