WESLEY CHAPEL — It's called "Uncovered." Its aim is to be unconventional. And with all kinds of work from USF, including classical nudes, the upcoming art show at The Great Frame Up in Wesley Chapel will likely live up to its name and aim.
This Saturday, the store will stay open late — from 7 to 11 p.m. — for a show featuring art from USF students and faculty.
"The name of the show is a play on words," says Great Frame Up sales design specialist Elisabeth Horan, who is also a USF art student majoring in sculpture. "It's the first time one of our shows will feature nudes, but it's also revealing because it will expose new artists."
Horan is looking forward to showing her own work on Saturday — "touchable" soft sculptures made of textiles and fabric — as well as the work of fellow USF colleagues, which will range from large sculptures to black and white photography.
Tanya Hervey, the store's manager and a recent USF graduate, says the show is a response to an increasing demand in the Wesley Chapel and New Tampa areas for "something new."
"We're seeing a focus on sculpture and installation," says Hervey, 23. "It's a good opportunity for a buyer to get an original, high quality piece of art at a good price."
"We're noticing that people want edgier artwork," says Horan, who has lived in the New Tampa area for several years. "Young couples are looking for a piece of art that will make a statement. Now they will have options."
Horan enlisted the help of her fellow USF classmates for an event that will be "mutually beneficial."
"Art students need shows on their resumes," says Horan, who will graduate in the fall with her BFA in sculpture. "It's a way for them to get some exposure, and a way for clientele to see something different."