Photo review of Santaella Studios' open house

click to enlarge Artist Lorrie Mason - Kevin Tighe
Kevin Tighe
Artist Lorrie Mason

Santaella Studios for the Arts hosted an open house Friday in the beautifully restored building that once housed the Santaella Cigar Factory, 1906 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa.

Guests mingled with over 40 artists in their studios including Kerry Vosler, Jason Shiver, Lisa Presnail, Karen Embry, Rick Reeves, Debra Radke, Greer Jennison and Lorrie Mason.

The highlights of the evening were rousing performances by musicians Diego Ponssa and John Cardinale and Argentinian gaucho dancer, Orlando Orella. Gauchos are part Indian and part Spanish They are cowboys who live on the range with a folklore just as rich as American cowboys.