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  1. Gasparilla Festival showcases Tampa lawyer's art

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA — Five years ago, Amy Leigh Carstensen left a lucrative career with one of Florida's most prestigious law firms to paint a future on her own terms.

    Amy Leigh Carstensen of Tampa has shown her art, mostly abstract oils, at four Gasparilla festivals. 
  2. Ringling Museum's 'Re:Purposed' show meant to inspire, aspire

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    Art made from found or recycled materials has become a ubiquitous and varied form since its origins in the early 20th century, seen across the creative board from the humble outsider art of self-taught individuals to a line of superstars that includes Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. …

    Jill Sigman builds Hut at the Ringling Museum.
  3. Nude paintings are part of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts history

    Visual Arts

    We can thank, in part, a painting of a nude woman for the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts as we know it today, celebrating its 45th year on Saturday and Sunday in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

    Teresa Testa, ceramics.
  4. Lights on Tampa will sparkle with new art, performances

    Visual Arts

    Lights! Camera phones! Action!

    On Friday and Saturday, downtown Tampa will bask in the glow of Lights on Tampa, a free outdoor public art display that has become a signature event since its debut in 2006. This year's Lights will have seven installations and performances, all concentrated in the parks and …

    River Glow by Wannemaacher Jensen Architects
  5. CASS art show features Eckerd College professor

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    Kirk Ke Wang, a multifaceted artist and professor at Eckerd College, has a new show at CASS, the Contemporary Art Space and Studio. "Yes and No," an installation of paintings, photography, sculptures and video, opens with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 2722 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. The show …

    Image from Kirk Ke Wang
  6. Show of Geoffrey Gorman's fantasy sculptures opens in Ybor

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    Geoffrey Gorman's sculptures are fantastic, and I use that adjective to describe both their creativity and their sense of fantasy. A group of them will be on view at the art gallery on Hillsborough Community College's Ybor campus beginning Friday and continuing through March 27.

    The Trek of Galguphia and Saldula by Geoffrey Gorman.
  7. Review: 'Monet to Matisse' a beautiful day at the beach

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    For most of European history, the waters surrounding and rippling through the lands on which people lived were the most important connectors. People used those oceans, seas and rivers to find sustenance, trade with each other, relocate. They were vital practicalities. Land travel was slower and more …

    Eugene Boudin, Low Tide, 1873, oil on canvas.
  8. Folk artist Mary Proctor to offer workshop Saturday

    Visual Arts

    Mary Proctor exemplifies Creative Clay's belief in the nurturing power of creativity and its mission to tap that creativity in people who might not be artistic in an obvious, conventional way.

    Love Flower is one of Proctor’s simpler mixed-media works.
  9. Tampa Museum of Art names new director

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    TAMPA — The Tampa Museum of Art named a new executive director on Monday, tapping Michael Tomor, who has led the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas since 2006.

    The Tampa Museum of Art has named a new executive director. Michael Tomor  will come from the El Paso Museum of Art, which he has led since 2006. [Tampa Museum of Art]
  10. See 'Monet to Matisse' at Museum of Fine Arts for free on Saturday

    Visual Arts

    T.he Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gift to the community: free admission on Saturday to its new exhibition, "Monet to Matisse — On the French Coast," as well as all the permanent collection galleries.

    Claude Monet, The Customs House at Varengeville, 1897, oil on canvas.