There's found-object art, and then there's the work of Tim Hawkinson. Since the 1980s, the San Francisco-born artist has made a body of work that transforms found objects, store-bought materials, handcrafted objects and machines into high art and conceptual sculpture, from monumental to microscopic and often kinetic. His work has been shown in prestigious exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, and he'll have a solo exhibition opening Friday at the University of Tampa's Scarfone/Hartley Gallery. Titled "BodyCon," the show will include Gimbled Klein Basket, a huge gridded bamboo structure, suspended from the ceiling like a Calder mobile, and Laocoon, pictured, a hanging piece that appears to be a salvaged truck tire painted white, yet is carefully handcrafted from paper, wire, string, foam and rubber. The exhibit remains on display through Nov. 3, and the opening reception happens from 6-8 p.m. Friday. 310 N Boulevard. ut.edu/scarfonehartleygallery.
Every corner of the bay area has a group of artists, which is wonderful and telling of the interest and support of the arts. One such group of artists in the north Pinellas cities of Clearwater, Dunedin and Palm Harbor opens their studios for the public to tour. The Studio Waltz returns on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit 11 locations to view the work and see demonstrations from 15 artists, working in disciplines including painting, textiles, photography and etchings. Participating artists include Debra Thomas Weible, Mason Gehring and Theodosia Tamborlane, whose work is pictured. Find a map at studiowaltz.com.
The Tampa Museum of Art's fashion event City that was postponed due to Hurricane Irma has been rescheduled for Friday, starting at 8 p.m. The museum will transform into a NYC nightclub, in honor of fashion icon Susanne Bartsch, right, subject of the current fashion exhibit. (Read a review at bit.ly/2kcmdOV.) Bartsch, who will be in attendance, will bring eight emerging designers, whose creations will be showcased in a series of vignettes rather than a runway show. $125, $250 VIP; a Bartschland after-party at 10 p.m. costs $50. All include food and an open bar. tampamuseum.org.