On the Radar: A wide array of art shows open this weekend

Attend an art show that is all Work and all play in the historic Santaella Cigar Factory building. The recently organized Bay Art Collective, whose objective is to create a social outlet through art, presents its first art party, Work, at the historical West Tampa Center for the Arts. The exhibit features more than 75 new works from 30-plus of University of South Florida’s emerging artists. Patrons can make their way through two floors of contemporary art that includes painting, drawing, sculpture and video while enjoying the musical stylings of DJ Science Friction and the band Diamond Man. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are for sale, as well as the art on display. Arrive early for free food and a chance to win prizes such as gift cards to Olive Garden and AOE art supply. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., Dec. 10, at West Tampa Center for the Arts, 1906 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa.

WTCA is a non-profit organization; there is a suggested donation of $3 at the door. For more information, call 813-453-4381 or e-mail [email protected] Pictured Meghan Bagnal's #2. -Marysia Lopez

Brad Cooper Gallery: Live Fine Art Auction The gallery hold its annual auction and celebrates its 26th anniversary. Acquire works by artists shown at the gallery and of international repute: William Pachner, Nicholas Morosoff, Yvonne Petkus, Willard Lustenader, Eric Montoya, Leland Shaw, Salvador Dali, Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, George Braque, Joan Miro, Gustav Klimt, Andy Warhol and others. Standing room only. Sat., Dec. 11, 6-9 p.m. $25 advance, $35 day of auction; tickets includes complimentary wine and champagne bar, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. 1712 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. 813-248-6098.

Cakewalk Artists Co-op First Anniversary Show Group exhibition celebrates the first anniversary of the gallery with glass, pottery and an array of visual arts — with a holiday season focus (Pictured here is work by Susan Wood). Meet-the-artists reception and anniversary celebration is 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in collaboration with the Downtown Arts Association Gallery Walk. Cakewalk artists' co-op is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 2-5 p.m. during the holiday season and by appointment. Over 20 local artists have created specific works of art from varied fine arts disciplines including photography, painting, ceramics, jewelry, fabric arts, mixed media and glass art. Dec. 11-Jan. 11. 1114 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The Collective: Sarah Gail Hutcherson, Hard to Kill Hutcherson's first solo show since 2006, the series is a 300-plus piece installation of a pattern study on many different types of wood. Opening reception is 6-11 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 10. Dec. 10-Jan. 14.  601 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-851-6767.

Creative Clay's Baubles, Benjamins and Bubblegum: Art of the rich and sweet The new exhibition in the Creative Clay Gallery displays paintings, clay and mixed media work by the artists of Creative Clay. Since 1995, Creative Clay has been providing local artists with developmental, physical and/or emotional disabilities an opportunity to pursue their passion for art making. Opening reception Sat., Dec. 11, 5-8 p.m. The free event is in collaboration with the Downtown Arts Association Gallery Walk. Dec. 11-Feb. 9. 1124 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-825-0515.

Salt Creek Artworks' Susan Livingston: Mud and Bones See works by an FSU grad who combines fossils, wood and other objects to express ideas about life, the land and the sea. Opening reception. Fri., Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m. Refreshments provided by the Cafe Central Espresso Bar. Dec. 10-Jan. 8.  1600 Fourth St. S., St. Petersburg. 727-894-2653.

Shut Up and Paint JolliMon's Grill and Cheeta Style present a live art battle Dunedin with 20 artists from Dunedin, Tampa, Clearwater, St. Pete, Orlando, Bradenton and Sarasota. Artists have 4 hours to complete their work to be judged by the crowd. Raffles for art and giveaways throughout the night, along with a live acoustic set by Offshore Riot and Best of the Bay readers pick Shock to the System. Sat., Dec. 11, 5-11 p.m. $5. For more information, call 727-902-1671. 941 Huntley Ave., Dunedin. 727-735-0498.

Tempus Projects The T-Shirt Show. A group exhibition features original T-shirt designs from Jiarra Chiang, Suzanne Camp Crosby, Shara DeWitt, David Diaz, Joe Griffith, Allen Hampton, Justin Myers, Justin Nelson, Ashley Niven, Kurt Piazza, Tracy Midulla Reller, Shannon Richie-Lindsey and Christopher Weeks. The one-night event includes refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres and Synesthesia in the courtyard. The audio/video collaboration between Robb Fladry and Aaron Hutcheson broadcast via the Internet from remote locations (wearesynesthesia.com). Peruse unique goods from Julie Dye, Lesley Stuart Tinnaro, Audrey Garber, Michelle Faught and Scott Diaz. Event is free; donations appreciated. 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 10. 5132 N. Florida Ave., Tampa.

Attend an art show that is all Work and all play. The recently organized Bay Art Collective, whose objective is to create a social outlet through art, presents its first art party, Work, at the historical West Tampa Center for the Arts. The exhibit features more than 75 new works from 30-plus of University of South Florida’s emerging artists. Patrons can make their way through two floors of contemporary art that includes painting, drawing, sculpture and video while enjoying the musical stylings of DJ Science Friction and the band Diamond Man. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are for sale, as well as the art on display. Arrive early for free food and a chance to win prizes such as gift cards to Olive Garden and AOE art supply. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., Dec. 10, at West Tampa Center for the Arts, 1906 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa. WTCA is a non-profit organization; there is a suggested donation of $3 at the door. For more information, call 813-453-4381 or e-mail [email protected] Marysia Lopez

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