Art/Special Events: Cirque du Surreal

Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance stages its second annual fundraiser, Cirque du Surreal, an extravaganza of surreality spanning across disciplines. Dedicated to late St. Petersburg artist Jack Barrett and inspired by his surreal circus-themed paintings, the main component is an exhibit of works by GCAA member artists and friends at Salt Creek Artworks, where some of Barrett’s artworks are already on display.

Local folks get the full effect of the exhibit during this Saturday night’s Cirque du Surreal party. The gallery is divided into three areas: the main gallery of surreal-inspired paintings and sculpture; the “Peep Show,” a presentation of all nude artwork in a closed-off “peeping” area; and the “A-Side Show,” which includes an artists trading cards show, games of skill, exotic clothing, a caricature artist, card reader, and an arts and crafts sale. Among the variety of entertainers are Addie Spicuzza of “The Fabulous Showstoppers,” the Dancing Dalís, Ms. Florida Senior America 2004, Loud Zoo music and belly dancing ensemble, tuba extraordinaire Toffer Ross, and world fusion group A Muse in a Maze. Poetry and comedy performances are also expected throughout the night.

The works are on 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. through Jan. 17, with the reception party held from 6 to 10 p.m. Fri., Jan. 9, Salt Creek Artworks, 1600 Fourth St. S., St. Petersburg, free admission (donations appreciated), 727-738-8010.