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.
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.