Best Resurrection of a Gallery Space

Para Gallery

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When word got out that Kama Gallery would close earlier this year, a pair of Tampa arts scene veterans stepped in. Joe Griffith, front man for Experimental Skeleton, and his partner, Kym O’Donnell, moved into the historic building just north of Ybor City and reopened it as Para. The space launched on 6/6/06 with an apocalypse-themed exhibit of artists from the Bay area and Orlando who riffed on the idea of the end of the world with tongue — for the most part — firmly in cheek. The current show, a slightly more reserved affair involving two painters and an unconventional jewelry maker (Donna Sweigart, who uses super-strong magnets to hold the resin segments of her bracelets together), suggests that the gallery’s range will encompass established artists working in traditional media as well as up-and-comers breaking all the rules.

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