Remember the old saw about grabbing a tiger by the tail, a call for taking risks?
Eight artists form a provocative show called "React" at C. Emerson Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, and Daniel Mrgan's take on it is Grab This. A tiger bites down on a stick, wielding scissors already fixed on its tail. Another paw stands ready with bandages. A bird covers its eyes, unable to watch the self-mutilation.
Not sure if the moral of the story is still go for it. Maybe it's a cautionary tale (tail). But it's among friends as artists take risks to explore the theme.
The gallery show ranges from the simple drawings of Mrgan, a Croatian living in Florida, to Eun-Sil Han, a South Korean who currently lives in Belgium, whose dense collages paste familiar religious paintings and Renaissance images into bizarre new configurations.
There's also the painting-meets-photography of Rebecca Sexton Larson, Frank Strunk III metal sculptures and Paula Allen's cast of ceramic characters. — Lennie Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Paint the Town 2008 Juried plein air competition brings artists downtown to paint on location between the boundaries of 22nd Avenue N and 18th Avenue S from the waterfront to 16th Street. Today, Fri. and Sat. Various locations, St. Petersburg. "Wet paint" sale and show of completed works, live music, 6 p.m. Sat. Interior Motives, 1110 Central Ave.
Artists' reception Meet USF artists and enjoy food, refreshments and live music. 7 to 11 p.m. Fri. West Tampa Center for the Arts, 1906 N Armenia Ave. (813) 453-4381.
Live Art "Paint-Ten-Artists Saving Architecture" The Florida Heritage Festival and the American Institute of Architects of Tampa Bay offer a "wet canvas" show and sale of works of area vulnerable historic structures, by local artists and inspired by the photography of Todd McDonald. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sun. and Mon. Grounds of the Federal Courthouse Building, 801 N Florida Ave., Tampa. heritagecelebration.org, click on the Celebration '08 calendar button.
Gallery talk Discussion with Dr. Robert Drapkin about his extensive collection of photography. 10 a.m. Sat. $4 suggested donation. Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 200 N Tampa St., Tampa. (813) 221-2222.
Saturday Art Market Dozens of artists display works in a variety of media; also live music, food vendors. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April. Free admission. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6061.