Artist Jeff Whipple has had about 75 solo art exhibitions during his 30-year career. That's a lot of art going up and coming down. Now his large collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings and video will be on permanent display — at the Jeff Whipple Art Museum that the artist will open Saturday at a space in Centro Ybor, 1600 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. Why call it a museum instead of a gallery? "I think it functions more like a museum," Whipple says, explaining that it has an educational component tracing his journey as an artist. Also, the works will not be for sale. And, like most museums, there is an admission charge: $5. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, go to www.thejwam.com.
Hot ticket| Lennie Bennett, Times art critic
Jeff Whipple's works get permanent home in Tampa
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