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See new murals at Tampa’s Sparkman Wharf this weekend

Florida CraftArt and Leslie Curran Gallery roll out new exhibitions, too.
Brooklyn-based artist AdamFu will paint two of his neon-inspired murals at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, along with local artist Bask. [Courtesy of AdamFu]
Brooklyn-based artist AdamFu will paint two of his neon-inspired murals at Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, along with local artist Bask. [Courtesy of AdamFu]
Published Sep. 25, 2019

MAKING PROGRESS: MURALS AT SPARKMAN WHARF

As Sparkman Wharf continues to take shape in Tampa, new art is coming thanks to a partnership with Contemporary Art Space and Studio (CASS). The Tampa gallery is bringing Brooklyn-based artist AdamFu and local artist Bask to create murals this week. AdamFu creates neon-inspired paintings that glow like the real thing, which he’ll paint on two dock doors. Bask will apply his richly textured, layered graphic style to 1,050 feet of plywood on a temporary construction walkway, creating a tunnel of art. Both artists are nationally recognized. AdamFu has worked with brands including Rag and Bone, Cartier and Adidas. Bask’s artwork appeared in the films Iron Man 3 and The Fast and the Furious 8. Watch them as they put the finishing touches on their pieces at 4 p.m. Saturday. A reception follows from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fermented Reality Biergarten, where they’ll sign prints for the first 50 attendees. Free. 615 Channelside Drive.

CURATOR’S TALK: BEAUTIFUL AND BIZARRE

Florida CraftArt’s exhibition of figurative ceramics, “Beautiful and Bizarre,” showcases how artists are pushing the boundaries in that genre. The answer is, with wild imagination. There are figures wrapped in zipped straitjackets, a girlish robot in a pea coat and a cheeky lizard-human hybrid, pictured. The invitational was curated by ceramic artist and instructor Taylor Robenalt, whose surreal sculptures blend humans, animals and nature. She’ll give a curator’s talk to discuss the stories behind the pieces and how she came to know so many creative artists. Runs through Oct. 20. Free. 3 p.m. Saturday. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 821-7391. floridacraftart.org.

GV Kelly's sculpture "Style" is part of the "Beautiful and Bizarre" exhibit at Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Florida CraftArt]

COLOR STUDIES: HIGH PITCH

Babette Herschberger is having her moment. A transplant to St. Petersburg from Miami, Herschberger became impressed with the city after participating in an exhibition here at Florida CraftArt in 2017. She moved to town a year later and had a recent two-person show with Ry McCullough. And now she’s exhibiting at the Leslie Curran Gallery. “High Pitch” opens this weekend. Herschberger’s colorful, large- and small-scale experiments with form will reflect her nontraditional style, punctuated by “special guest” Cole Johnson’s monumental glass Canopic jars. Runs through Nov. 9. Free. 6-9 p.m. Friday. 1431 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 898-6061. articlesstpete.com.

Babette Herschberger's diptych "Interrupted Structure #14" is on display in "High Pitch," the exhibit at St. Petersburg gallery Leslie Curran. [Courtesy of the Leslie Curran Gallery]




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