Tarpon Springs show's art comes from many places, but it's all local

Nick Toth creates old-fashioned sponge-diving helmets out of brass and copper. Elizabeth Indianos drafts politically charged cartoons and poems. Rocky Bridges works in mixed-media abstraction, while Lin Carte paints surreal images about Giving Birth.

The materials and the perspectives run the gamut, but they all come from one place: 34689.

As in the ZIP code for Tarpon Springs.

The Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is once again hosting the "Artists of 34689," an artistic smorgasbord offered up by the locals. The show opened last week and runs through Nov. 24.

The visual feast includes Queen of Fire, a regal sculpture of redeemed pieces.

Steve Corrado used an antique gas stove top grate, pieces of old car jacks and fire sprinklers, and a hand-carved ebony bust to create the queen and her court. Tiny "flames" shoot from the grate.

"Finding and collecting old and interesting objects has always been a passion of mine, ever since my childhood," Corrado said.

"Creating my art from these items is also a labor of love," he said. "I enjoy bringing new life to once-discarded objects. Who doesn't appreciate a second chance?"

Also in the exhibit are stained-glass panels by Robin Saenger, a city commissioner in Tarpon Springs.

Her three panels of faces, reminiscent of Picasso, use the same pattern with different colors, evoking the iconic portraits of Andy Warhol.

"The panel came from a series of very quickly drawn sketches of faces," Saenger explained. "I wanted to create a series that were all the same size, and of the same pattern, but executed differently one from another."

"I knew I wanted to create a face that was captured without overthinking," she said. "Ironically, the piece is called. … I'm Thinking."

Artists of 34689

Where: Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays (closed Nov. 11), through Nov. 24.

Tickets: Free

Tarpon Springs show's art comes from many places, but it's all local 10/16/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:59pm]

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