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click to enlarge "Young Hollywood" by Nick Katranis, in the Pure/Impure - POD
"Young Hollywood" by Nick Katranis, in the Pure/Impure

The Gasparilla arts fest gets a blast of contemporary energy this year with the debut of Booty, an invitational art expo in multiple locations. A laudable effort by the City of Tampa to promote the Bay area's indigenous arts scene, Booty was organized by Covivant Gallery entrepreneur/provocateur Carrie Mackin, which just about guarantees a good time. She's not only brought together a star-studded lineup of local artists both established and emerging, but she's found some exciting alternative venues to show them in, including eight shipping containers, or PODS, that will house some of the area's most forward-thinking galleries and collectives. Mackin has also booked AIA's Tampa Bay headquarters to showcase luminaries Theo Wujcik, Mernet Larsen, Richard Beckman and Rebecca Sexton Larson; and the SkyPoint showroom for Iron-On Resistance, a collective of artists selling affordable work in silkscreen. Weekly Planet is a co-sponsor — because, well, what's life without a little Booty? March 4-5: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. PODS, Franklin Street between Jackson and Kennedy; SkyPoint showroom, 400 N. Tampa St., Suite 110; AIA Tampa Bay, 200 N. Tampa St., Suite 100. Closing reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Sun., March 5, Flight 19, Union Station Baggage Building, 601 Nebraska Ave., Tampa.

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