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Cafe Hey offers the other Gasparilla art show

The artwork of Adriana Tomassi hangs on the wall at Cafe Hey just north of downtown Tampa.
Provocative art by Tomassi and others will be on display this weekend.

Atoyia Deans/tbt*

The artwork of Adriana Tomassi hangs on the wall at Cafe Hey just north of downtown Tampa. Provocative art by Tomassi and others will be on display this weekend.

At this Gasparilla art show, artists won't pay for a booth or compete for prize money. But, if they're lucky, edgier art lovers from the big show several blocks to the south will stop by to check out their work.

GASP!arilla 2 opens Saturday at Cafe Hey, an independently owned coffee shop and lunch spot on the north fringe of downtown Tampa.

Owner Anne Vela started the show last year as a mini, more radical version of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, a premier outdoor show in downtown Tampa now in its 40th year.

"I wouldn't say it's anti-Gasparilla, it's more of an alternative,'' she said. "To get into Gasparilla, you have to be a little more established.''

GASP!arilla 2 includes works by Adriana Tomassi, Rylan Wright, Cathy Hughes, Demeree Barth and Toni Billick. Calavera Comics planned to paint a mural inside the cafe.

The theme is art that shocks or at least screams different, hence the play off the Gasparilla name, GASP! Billick will do performances based on her sexually explicit "raunch culture'' photographs and sculptures. The flier shows an upsidedown Gasparilla ship on the tip of a huge tongue.

The show will run for two months. Works are for sale at prices lower than at the main Gasparilla show at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Ashley Drive. Large framed paintings by Tomassi, a high school art teacher, start at $65.

An edgier Gasparilla

Cafe Hey presents GASP!arilla 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday with art by local artists, music and live performances. Free. 1540 N Franklin St., Tampa; (813) 221-5150.

Cafe Hey offers the other Gasparilla art show 03/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 4, 2010 6:07pm]
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