Ann-Marie Manker, Hummingbirds. myspace.com/cheddarbunny
On Friday, art presents the first in a series of exhibitions from contemporary art galleries around the country where the Tampa collectives work will be shown later this year. Fever Fakers, featuring five artists from Young Blood Gallery in Atlanta, is particularly notable for its fine examples of figurative drawing and painting: from Steven Alexander Dixeys chilling acrylic interpretations of classical and biblical imagery (e.g., Cain at the moment of his sentencing, guiltily clutching a handgun), rendered in a style thats half graphic novel and half medieval altarpiece, to Ann-Marie Mankers delicate drawings that follow a female figure through a fantasyland populated by curiously affectionate animals. If this show doesnt raise the temperature of Tampas visual art scene by a few degrees, what will?
6 p.m. Opening reception for Verso: The Other Side of the Urban Vista, photographs by Thomas U. Gessler, at the [email protected].
7-10 p.m. Opening reception for Fever Fakers, featuring art by Steven Dixey, Ann-Marie Manker, Samuel Parker, Joe Tsambiras and Cristina Vidal of Young Blood Gallery (Atlanta) at art.
7-10 p.m. Opening reception for Roger Chamieh, featuring work by the Tampa-based sculptor, at three04 (adjacent to art).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. ECO.lution, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in downtown Tampa. (Though not a visual art event, lets support the Urban Charrettes efforts to promote sustainable living in Tampa Bay.)
10 a.m.-5 p.m. 10th Annual Wildlife & Western Visions Art Show at Raymond James Financial, St. Petersburg. For more information contact The Plainsmen Gallery 1-888-779-2240 or go to wildlifeartshow.com.