Arts, music and nudity icon XZanthia leaving Tampa Bay
XZanthia refers to herself as a “teacher-collector of souls.”
Through festivals, parties and an artists’-colony sense of camaraderie, the Pasco County performance artist created an enclave of creativity and diversity in Tampa Bay at the Riverboat Nudist Colony in Land O’Lakes. Her work with the band Impotent Sea Snakes, her XBash Music Festival and her legendary foam parties have made her a fixture of Tampa Bay’s underground art scene.
But after years spent working to connect and create a community, she has decided to leave. Citing a desire to de-complicate her life and focus on her art, XZanthia is moving away.
She remains positive about the Tampa Bay artistic community, but says she just “needs a break from the massive workload.”
“Every city has its ups and downs, strengths and weaknesses ,” XZanthia said. “We have the talent and resources, but we need more structure and focus.”
XZanthia has been a bridge between the diverse communities of Tampa Bay. Artists, clubgoers, Goths, vampires, naturists, burners and creatives of all stripes saw her as a common friend who made the Riverboat Nudist Club a safe mingling spot for all.
What she has helped build will continue in her absence. The photo events and model connection events will go on; the resort will continue to be run by her father. The XBash music festival is scheduled again for July, and next month a nude Rocky Horror Picture Show starts at the resort.
True to her spirit, XZanthia has no firm plan for her destination but instead will travel till she finds the place that needs her. She said she “could be happy living in the woods with a teepee and moccasins without a care in the world.”
-- Eric Sturm, tbt*