What's happening in art: 'Sunday School' with John Gascot, University of Tampa printmaking

#metooMary is part of the “Sunday School” exhibition by John Gascot at The Bends. [Courtesy of John Gascot]
#metooMary is part of the “Sunday School” exhibition by John Gascot at The Bends. [Courtesy of John Gascot]
Published April 3, 2019

Times Staff Writer

Tongue In Cheek: Sunday School

In society's current mix of controversies, religion is still a big one. John Gascot tackles many of these topics in "Sunday School," opening at the Bends. Gascot isn't fond of organized religion or the current administration. But knowing how divisive these issues are, he approaches them with whimsy and irony. With a colorful palette and cartoonish style, Gascot uses religious icons and Bible stories to explore the current social climate, as he did with #metoo Mary, pictured. Remains on display through April. Opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Friday. Free. 919 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Print Parade: Orthodoxy and Experimentation

STUDIO-f, the University of Tampa's terrific printmaking atelier, has been open since 1990. In the past 29 years, an array of incredible work has been created there. "Orthodoxy and Experimentation: 29 Years of Printmaking at the University of Tampa" celebrates that history at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus Gallery 221. The show was curated by UT art professors Francesca Bacci and Ry McCullough, who have an intimate knowledge of the studio's history and the work created there by invited artists working alongside faculty members and students. The collection is reflective of the history of printmaking itself, with examples of traditional methods including woodprints and lithographs. But it also highlights the experimental nature of the artform and includes digitally produced images. The exhibit remains on display through May 2. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd. (813) 253-7386.

Wednesday includes a mural unveiling party in the courtyard near the Learning Resources Center building, where Gallery 221 is housed. The mural is a collaboration between HCC students and professional artist Michael Parker. Festivities kick off at 12:30 p.m. with the unveiling at 1. Free food, music and activities until 3:30.