BIG NAMES, LOWER PRICES: GRAPHICSTUDIO SALE
We don't often see "discounts" associated with fine art. Once a year, you will see this rare confluence at Graphicstudio for its benefit sale. The atelier, which is part of University of South Florida's College of the Arts, invites artists from around the world to collaborate on limited-edition prints and sculptures that are sold to subscribers as portfolios. It was founded in 1968, so Graphicstudio has an impressive inventory in its vaults, which it culls for the sale. The proceeds help pay the nonprofit's expenses.
What is fascinating about the place is the diversity of its collection. In the early days, traditional printing methods were the norm and they are still practiced today, but technology has given the master printers and artisans the ability to invent new processes. As its reputation has grown, so has the roster of artists who want to participate in the program.
Artists represented in this year's sale include Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, William Wegman, Ed Ruscha, Los Carpinteros, Chuck Close, Lesley Dill, Alex Katz, Christian Marclay, Vik Muniz and Trenton Doyle Hancock. You can see the variety of prints just in the examples shown. Discounts will be up to 60 percent. The sale is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with a free reception at 6 p.m. Graphicstudio is at 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa, just north of Embassy Suites. (813) 974-3503. graphicstudio.usf.edu.
COLOR PLAY: CLAYTON GALLERIES
Clayton Galleries, 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, features paintings, prints and small sculptures by Stacy Rosende through Oct. 31. Her most recent explorations into color and pattern are intricate interplays that pulse with texture and visual conundrums. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (813) 831-3753. claytongalleries.net.
THE PROS: RINGLING COLLEGE FACULTY SHOW
Ringling College of Art and Design has an excellent reputation, and you don't get one without stellar teachers. The college (not part of the John and Mable Ringling Museum) showcases faculty whose talents range from fine arts to digital filmmaking. Find the show in the Selby and Basch galleries on the campus, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday with extended hours to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. (941) 359-7562. ringling.edu/selbygallery.