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This weekend's Tampa Bay art picks: Photography at Mize Gallery, Graphicstudio benefit sale

On Saturday, Mize Gallery features Lissa Hatcher’s ‘The 8th Crown’ as part of the “Files and Film” exhibition in St. Petersburg. [Lissa Hatcher]
On Saturday, Mize Gallery features Lissa Hatcher’s ‘The 8th Crown’ as part of the “Files and Film” exhibition in St. Petersburg. [Lissa Hatcher]
Published May 1, 2019


The "Files and Film" photography exhibition is a shining example of a supportive arts community. Back in 2013, Xina Scuderi started organizing fellow local photographers and by the next year had a gallery show. She reached out to local businesses related to photography, and with help from Erickson Digital Arts and the Leslie Curran/Articles Art Gallery, Files and Film became a juried exhibition with prize awards. This year, the exhibition is hosted by the Mize Gallery and opens with a reception. Sixty-five Florida artists will showcase a variety of styles and techniques, including Lissa Hatcher. Scuderi curated the show and tapped esteemed local curators Amanda Cooper, Robin Perry Dana and Catherine Bergmann to be the jurors. Remains on display through June 1. Free. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg.

ART DEALS: Graphicstudio Benefit Sale

The University of South Florida's Graphicstudio basically put Tampa on the map as a place for world-renowned artists to come create. The roster of artists who have made limited-edition prints and sculpture multiples is a who's who of the art world, including Robert Mapplethorpe, William Wegman, Alex Katz, James Rosenquist and Mernet Larsen. Get your hands on one of their pieces for a discounted price. The atelier will also release a new suite of monoprints by New York-based artist Jason Middlebrook. Plus it's cool to see the facility where innovative processes like waxtype, which is encaustic screenprinting, are developed. Even if you can't afford a piece, it's still fun and inspiring to look. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. (813) 974-3503.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Mural Project

Creative Pinellas provides exposure and opportunities to local artists, and now the organization has partnered with Pinellas County on another project. Organizers are seeking an artist or artist team to design and paint a mural on a wall on the future site of the Pinellas Trail North Loop, near the intersection of Tampa Road and McMullen-Booth Road. Find the application at and submit by May 30. The mural is part of a new initiative, the Community Enrichment Mural Program, that aims to beautify underutilized public spaces, so keep an eye out for more opportunities.


  1. Meaghan Farrell Scalise's "Head First II" was chosen as the featured image for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, which will return to Tampa this weekend. [Courtesy of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts]
  2. Chad Mize creates doodle art on a car at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa in 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  3. Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020. [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art]
  4. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex." [CORTNEY LESOVOY  |  Special to the Times]
  5. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
  6. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29. [Courtesy of Kirk Ke Wang]
  7. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET. [MONIQUE WELCH  |  MONIQUE WELCH | Times]
  8. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  9. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8. [Courtesy of Hampson Gallery]
  10. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  11. "Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2. [Courtesy of PAVA]
  12. Pablo Picasso's scene design for Pulcinella is part of the "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, which will open on Jan. 25. [Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg]