Christmas in July

ART

Bad Art for Bad People's latest group exhibit, Christmas on the Island of Misfit Art, showcases the creative visions of more than 35 local and national artists, including Devo co-founder and all around fountain of talent, Mark Mothersbaugh. Roughly 200 pieces are on display and in addition to a series of postcard illustrations by Mothersbaugh, you'll find tattoo artist/painter Michael "Pooch" Pucciarelli's vivid, elaborately surreal paintings, wherein he explores his fascination with theme parks, carnival facades and symbolic figures of death using architectural elements a la MC Escher, a splashy comic book sensibility and a well-developed attention to detail and color; BABP founder Bob White's latest collection of faux-decayed photos, which were taken during a visit to Las Vegas' final resting place for historic signs, The Neon Boneyard; and a series of rock and horror-influenced art by painter/illustrator Jeff Gaither, who produces everything from posters for The Misfits and Sevendust to paintings and digital renderings of whatever tickles his fancy (Fred Flintstone as Frankenstein, a blood-spattered, double butcher knife-wielding nurse, Al Capone, etc.). Prices start at $10; the opening reception begins at 6 p.m. Fri., July 14. Through July 30, Mirta's Gallery & Café, 119 S. Hyde Park Ave., Tampa, free admission, 813-259-0305, www.badartforbadpeople.com.

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