Adventures in Weekending: 10 ways to support Tampa Bay artists this weekend

You love local, you say? So do we. Vote for local art with your feet this weekend.

It's the weekend, and I'm houndsitting the loneliest dog in the world. He's an affable fellow who never learned how to dog, and we call him Hambone because his owners give their pets the most ridiculously long names. He's super sweet, but if he had one failing it would be that he doesn't really get into art. That said, the odds of you running into him at any of these events this weekend are slim to none. 

1. Deliver Me

click to enlarge "Love Potion No. 9" is part of the new Frank Strunk III exhibit opening at Leslie Curran Gallery on Feb. 24. - Frank Strunk III
Frank Strunk III
"Love Potion No. 9" is part of the new Frank Strunk III exhibit opening at Leslie Curran Gallery on Feb. 24.


The latest Frank Strunk III exhibit continues at Leslie Curran Gallery — meet the artist Friday next week, but pop by this weekend to get a peek at the awesomeness that is a Strunk creation. ARTicles Leslie Curran Gallery, 1445 Central Ave., St. Pete.

2. Bekky Beukes exhibit opens at Station House

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Bekky Beukes

Bekky Beukes has some amazing stuff and also some thoughts about the year behind us: In the press she sent out about her new exhibit, she wrote it was "a dark year, pregnant with political and social controversy, dramatized by environmental tragedies and personified through our individual delirium." And hey, while you're there, grab a bite at Ichicoro.

3. Beatrice Coron

click to enlarge "Water City" - Beatrice Coron
Beatrice Coron
"Water City"

HCC: It's really not for college students. At least, the gallery isn't only for college students — they have some fantastic, great grown-up artists exhibiting there, like Beatrice Coron. Get there Friday before 4 p.m. or you'll have to wait 'til Monday. HCC Performing Arts Building, Art Gallery, first floor. Palm Avenue & 15th Street, Ybor City. hccfl.edu/yborgallery.

4. Keesha/Carpenter

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Brooks Peters

Longtime theater critic Mark Leib has another of his plays getting a world premiere at the [email protected] this weekend. We'll be reviewing, of course, but you really should go see for yourself (spoiler alert: I've read the script and I'm really excited to see how Bob Devin Jones — who directs — unpacks the script for the cast). The [email protected], 620 1st Ave. S., St. Pete. studio620.org.

5. Born to Create

"I don't like how the red ones taste" - Cynthia Lizardi
Cynthia Lizardi
"I don't like how the red ones taste"

At Hidden Springs Ale Works, Funky As a Monkey Studios continues its tradition of uplifting local artists with its latest exhibit, a cadre of artists spanning multiple media. Expect hand-sculpted books next to works in ink, along with the usual suspects (acrylic painting, watercolors and the lovely, lovely like). Meet artists at the opening Friday night. Hidden Springs Ale Works, 1631 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Feb. 23: 6 p.m.

6. Talkback: Brownsville (B Side for Tray)

Former Tampa police chief Jane Castor will speak after Sunday's 3 p.m. matinee. Stageworks, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. stageworkstheatre.orgRead Mark Leib's review here.

7. Drive by art-ing at Roundhouse Creative

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Courtesy of ArtHouse3

You don't even have to get out of the car, but you should at least stop it. Roundhouse Creative, 1680 Central Ave., St. Pete. 

8. Baylife at Tampa Bay Watch

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Sandra Williams


Check out local sea life as seen through the eyes of artists — and meet artist and astronaut Nicole Stott, who painted on the international space station. Tampa Bay Watch, 3000 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde. Feb. 23: 4-9 p.m.

9. Janet Folsom: Living Life

Janet Folsom - Janet Folsom
Janet Folsom
Janet Folsom

Friday's your last chance to see Gulfport artist Janet Folsom's work at the Morean. I love her figures for their imperfections. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave., St. Pete. 

10. Hear what vaginas have to say

Vulva - BY ANONMOOS (OWN WORK) [PUBLIC DOMAIN], VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/CC
BY ANONMOOS (OWN WORK) [PUBLIC DOMAIN], VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/CC
Vulva


Theatre eXceptional is staging an all-ASL (American Sign Language) production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. Don't worry, they'll have voice interpreters for those of us who can't understand ASL. 

And that's not all, but that's enough to get you started. So, don't be like Hambone — go out and spend some time with art this weekend. 

Cathy Salustri is the arts + entertainment editor for Creative Loafing Tampa. Contact her here.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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