SMALL ART, GOOD CAUSE: FIVE BY FIVE
The annual fundraiser Friday at the Tampa Museum of Art benefiting the Arts Council of Hillsborough County features about 600 works by 400 artists from our region, other states, even a few international contributors. Each measures 5 inches by 5 inches, sometimes by another 5 inches if the work is dimensional, and all are priced at $25. Media include painting, drawing, etching, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography and fiber.
The catch is, you only learn who created a work after you purchase it. Makes for fun guessing games among fellow collectors.
New to the event is a raffle for a limited edition, signed print by major artist James Rosenquist (the one work of art that won't be anonymous that evening). It was donated by the artist to support the council's specific programs, such as individual grants that assist professional and emerging artists.
The Arts Council helps all forms of art so the evening will also feature performances and appearances, including those by Kuumba Dancers & Drummers, Lucha Libro Tampa Bay, Monday Monday tribute band, writer Sasenarine Persaud, dancers from Shoes at the Door, SoHo Indigo jazz band and Yellowish Blue.
Admission is $10, which benefits the museum, and tickets can be purchased in advance at tampamuseum.org (with an additional fee of $2) or at the door. You'll also get to enjoy two new exhibitions in the upstairs galleries, one with works by the great drape artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude (nothing monumental but lots of photographs, drawings and prints plus a few small sculptures) and "Echoes of Antiquity: Revisiting and Reimagining the Ancient World," plus antiquities from the permanent collection.
Food and beverages will be sold. 8-11 p.m. 120 W Gasparilla Plaza (near Ashley and Polk Drive) in downtown Tampa. tampamuseum.org.
COLOR AND LIGHT: NEW SHOW AT NUANCE
Taylor Ikin and Matt Stock are a good pairing, the inspiration from Rob Rowen who owns Nuance Galleries, 804 S Dale Mabry, Tampa. Ikin is a watercolor artist who has taken her medium beyond the usual conventions, working on a slick paper surface rather than traditional textured paper. The results are a lush, glowing effect. Like Ikin, Stock's genre is landscape but he uses photography. He collages images together to create dramatic scenes that heighten reality. Opening receptions are from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The show continues through Nov. 20. Regular hours at the gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (813) 875-0511. nuancegalleries.com.
MORE COLOR: HESSAM AT SYD ENTEL
Iranian-born Hessam Abrishami (he generally goes by his first name) has traveled the world for his international clientele and he's making a brief landing here for the opening reception of a new exhibition at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass. His paintings can be described as stylized figuration usually in bright colors. Among the offerings is a selection inspired by his travels in Chile, especially its capital, Santiago. Having been there myself, I feel as if I have returned. Sculpture and prints will also be on view.
Meet the artist at a free opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The show continues through Nov. 28. Free. (727) 725-1808. sydentelgalleries.com.