Monday, January 22, 2018
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Graffiti muralists featured at Tampa art gallery

If the graffiti world isn't the boys' club it once was, we can look to women like Allison Torneros for being part of that change.

Hueman is her art moniker; under that name she has become a very successful muralist with commissions from national companies, including Nike. Her work and that of Rene Gagnon, Mateu Velasco, Rodrigo Valles and Natalia Rak will be featured in "Outsiders: From Street to Canvas" at the Contemporary Art Space and Studio, 2722 S MacDill Ave., Tampa.

We're calling them graffiti artists because that's the street art culture from which they come and because of their style and some of their "canvases": exterior walls of buildings.

But technically that's misleading.

Graffiti is commonly about illegal art painted on exteriors and public property (such as subways) without permission. Hueman and other artists are commissioned and paid for their work. Murals are becoming an increasing popular form of civic pride for their ability to distinguish and brighten up urban areas. (Take a stroll around the Central Arts District in St. Petersburg, with its several dozen murals to see a great example.)

They also do interior murals and paint on canvas and wood panels, as is the case for all the works in this exhibition. Hueman is shown with one of her canvases and Gagnon is shown working on a mural.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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