You'll be seeing a lot of work by Hispanic artists in the next few months in galleries and museums. The national Hispanic Heritage Month just ended, and in early November, "Arte: Festival of the Americas" kicks off with exhibitions and performances throughout the area.
We never need a reason to enjoy art, but so many shows with a specific focus give us a chance to look at how cultural influences, political and social issues and geography influence creativity. Here are two examples.
Ernesto Piloto has a group of mixed media drawings at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus Art Gallery, corner of Palm Avenue and Avenue Republica de Cuba (14th Street), Tampa. The Cuban-born artist, who moved to the United States in 2007, is also a trained pastry chef, and he sometimes uses edible ingredients to create his art. His decision to leave home and its consequences inform this group. The show continues through Oct. 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday, and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. (813) 253-7674.
Across Tampa Bay, Galerias Bohemia, 649 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, showcases two more Cuban artists, Sandra Dooley Medina, who lives in Cuba, and Agustin Gainza, who has lived in Miami since 1979. Medina's mixed media works have a domesticity to them; Gainza's oil paintings, including Camino a la Luz, infuse a street sense with lyricism and mystery. The show continues through November. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. (727) 388-9200.
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