Along with stagnating heat, summer brings a lull in the arts world, but things perk up in amazing fashion this weekend with Wearable Art in Dunedin and a superb sampling of smaller-scale shows on both sides of the bay. In addition, art walks taking place in Ybor and in St. Pete add to the experiences offered.
Hypostasis opens Sat., Aug. 11, 8-10 p.m., launching a slick new gallery space and art lounge birthed by owner by Paul Tabio, and midwifed by curators Kurt Piazza and Tracy Midulla Reller among others, and will be featuring new and recent works from two Tampa artists named Justin — Myers and Nelson — and Clearwater artist Danny Olda. Their art falls somewhere between figuration and abstraction, blending the two together. Nelson’s works reflect his recent trips to Japan. Myers is a mixed-media artist and musician known for his work with experimental acts Alien House and Diamond Man, and Olda’s paintings get their inspiration from magazine advertisements and are named after each of the magazines that influenced them. If that weren’t enough, Mitzi Gordon’s Bluebird bus will hawk some tomes at the event. On display through Sept. 1.
Cross the Aisle — An Art Collaborative brings us a meeting of the minds that Republicans and Democrats seem to be incapable of. The artists of different media and members of various arts galleries and organizations work together for new and refreshing results to be shown at Craftsman’s Jeremiah Jacobs, clay, with Andrea Pawlisz, painter at Nuance Galleries, and claymaker Charlie Parker with painter Carrie Jadus, and other notable pairings. Opening reception is Sat., Aug. 11, 5-8:30 p.m. Show runs through Sept. 2 at downtown St. Petersburg. 727-323-2787.
The Impossible Photographers Michael and Cherry Collins are two photographers who have peeled back the past to capture the present — old-school style. The gallery will be displaying 60 of their Polaroids, and interestingly enough, both use film made by the Impossible Project, an organization that took over the last Polaroid film factory in Netherlands. Opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 10, and the show runs through Aug. 31 at Eve ‘n’ Odd Gallery, 645 Central Ave., in the Crislip Arcade, 727-251-8664, eve-n-odd.blogspot.com.
Wicked Games C. Emerson Fine Arts opens its 2012-13 season with a group conceptual exhibition that may share its name with a hit song by Chris Isaak but gets its inspiration elsewhere. Each artist has interpreted the theme, playing on the loss of innocence, lasciviousness, gender identity, play and darkness. Exhibition includes Douglas Bosley, Carolina Cleere, Neverne Covington and several others. Opening reception Sat., Aug. 11, 6-9 p.m. and on display through Sept. 8. 909 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-898-6068, c-emersonfinearts.com.
Different Strokes As per tradition, Kick Start My Art brings us new art plus a fun and free social gathering, all tied together with a kicky pop culture tie-in. Note: “different” here means not yet seen at a Bricks of Ybor art party. The show will feature 20 new local artists and music by DJ Ope 1. We pity the fool that doesn’t check this out. Opens Sat., Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. with a reception. On display through Sept. 7 at 1327 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Free admission. facebook.com/thebricksofybor.