109 W Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Owner Erika Schneider is a master printer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the medium to match her craft. She converted a dilapidated building in Tampa into a cool live-work space with studios, gallery and living area for her, her husband, Dominique Labauvie, who is a sculptor, and their teenage daughter. The gallery space is small and has a loft feel. In it she showcases art that tends toward the visually graphic. Bleu Acier probably offers the most sophisticated mix you'll find in these parts, with Europeans sharing space with artists from closer in with paintings, mixed media, drawings and, of course, Labauvie's lyrical metal sculptures. (He's having a show at the Tampa Museum of Art in 2011). Occasionally we see some of the exquisite limited edition prints she creates with Labauvie and other artists. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment.