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Must-see art exhibits in Seminole Heights and animals at the James Museum

Courtesy of Katherine Gibson George Anderton, Father Forgive, 1999 (Detail
Published Aug. 3, 2018

FIRST FRIDAY: ART IN THE HEIGHTS

Like many cultural niches around the bay, Seminole Heights has a monthly art walk, which happens again Friday. Even nongalleries in the neighborhood showcase local art, and the shows at galleries Quaid, Tempus Projects and Cunsthaus are not to be missed.

At Quaid, "General Assembly" features contemporary paintings, drawings, prints, photography and sculpture by local artists, from the collection of local artist George Anderton. He has maintained an active studio in Tampa for the past two decades, collecting the work of his peers, including Neil Bender, Tracy Midulla and Theo Wujick, along the way. The exhibition contains more than 75 pieces, carefully selected by curators Katherine Gibson and Jose Gelats, and includes Anderton's own painting, Father Forgive, pictured. The concept emphasizes the importance of a supportive art community. Quaid's address is 5142 N Florida Ave., but you will not find it by GPS alone. It's on the west side of the street between W Haya Street and W Crest Avenue, a few blocks south of Hillsborough Avenue, in a white garage tucked behind a commercial smoke shop. If you still have trouble, ask at Tempus Projects. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Cunsthaus, which shares the building with Tempus Projects, opens a stunningly timely exhibition with "Migrant Mothers." Curators Alyssa Cordero and Libbi Ponce began this project before the current immigration family crisis as a way to honor the lives of their own mothers. Through sculptures and video installations, the roles of migrant mothers, often the primary caretakers and breadwinners, often sacrificing their own American dream while making sure their kids get a chance at it, are examined. Even deeper concepts are explored with the analysis of matrilineality — tracing descent through the female lines — which brings up notions of intergenerational cultural dissonance, survival dynamics and emotional stability. Reception from 7-9 p.m. Free. 4636 N Florida Ave.

At Tempus Projects, artist Jake Troyli handles how themes of race, otherness and culture are subversively perpetuated by drawing on his own experiences as biracial, and with a sense of humor, with "Awkward Handshake," a selection of his paintings and pen and ink drawings. Also on display is a group show, "The Sea Wants to Take Me." Opening reception from
7-9 p.m. at 4636 N Florida Ave. Free. tempus-projects.com.

WILD EXHIBIT: ART AND THE ANIMAL

Is it too presumptuous to think everyone loves animals? Or at least finds them interesting? Even if I'm wrong, I'm willing to bet that the "Art and the Animal" exhibition now open at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art will draw some big crowds. The museum's first exhibit of work not included in the permanent collection brings paintings and sculptures from the Society of Animal Artists. Some of the pieces can be purchased at the museum. It remains on display through Oct. 23. Included with museum admission: $20; $15 students/seniors/military; $10 youth ages 7-18; free for children 6 and younger. $5 from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays. 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-4200. thejamesmuseum.org.

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