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Art lovers will be torn by two shows


Published:   |   Updated: November 1, 2013 at 09:59 AM

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You can’t be in two places at the same time. But if you could, you’d want to be at both of these opening receptions Tuesday night.

◆ The Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor Campus Art Gallery will host a reception Tuesday to open the exhibit “War Music.” Featured artist Mateo Romero presents his mixed-media paintings in an exhibit that celebrates and explores the artist’s Native American heritage. Romero is a third generation artist in a family that hails from the Pueblo of Cochiti in Santa Fe, N.M. By combining expressionistic palette knife movements with swift brush strokes, Romero creates a trancelike feeling in his paintings, one that is well suited to his themes of tradition juxtaposed with modern social issues such as gambling, violence and alcoholism.

Meet the artist and see his work at a free opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., violinist and flutist Arvel Bird will perform in the Main Stage theater on the second floor. His original compositions reflect the Celtic music of his Scottish ancestry (Clan Kennedy) with the Native American sounds of his Southern Paiute roots. It’s a fusion of sounds that tickle the sense.

“I wanted to do something different this year,” said gallery Director Carolyn Kossar, who also chairs the Native American Heritage committee for the Ybor Campus. The art gallery is on the first floor of the performing Arts Building, Palm Avenue and 15th Street in Ybor City. Call Kossar at (813) 253-7674.

◆ Also Tuesday, Bamboozle Café in downtown Tampa opens a month-long exhibit of art works on the wall with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

The three featured artists this month are Yacu Malik,(cq) a graphic designer who creates now in acrylic and pencil; Ona Mallik-Silverio,(cq) also an acrylic painter; and Roice(cq) Woods, who creates with acrylic, spray paint, spaghetti sauce, bucket paint and Sharpies.

There will be free wine and tea; the usual menu items are available for purchase.

Bamboozle is at 516 N. Tampa St. Call (813) 231-2579 for information.

Sister Cities exhibit

The Scarfone/Hartley Gallery on the University of Tampa campus will host the first “Sister Cities Arte Exhibition,” a juried exhibit of works by 37 artists from Tampa’s oldest sister city, Barranquilla, Colombia.

The public is invited to the following free events associated with this exhibit:

◆ Opening reception, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

◆ Evening of experimental dance, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

◆ Special mayor’s reception for Elsa Noguera de La Espriella, mayor of Barranquilla, and Bob Buckhorn, mayor of Tampa, 7 to 9 p.m., Dec. 3.

The Sister Cities program was initiated in 1956 to encourage international friendship and contact. Tampa has formal agreements with eight cities in Europe, Mexico and South America.

Call gallery Director Dorothy Cowden at (813) 253-6217 for information.

Cigar-scented art studios open doors

Santaella Studios for the Arts in West Tampa hosts another of its popular open house events. From 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, the artists who rent studios in the historic old cigar factory will exhibit their completed works and open wide their studio doors so people can glimpse works in progress. Among the artists within the building are emerging nationally and internationally recognized talents. Five dollars at the door gets you in to enjoy festivities that include wine by Cork and Olive and live music provided by Danny Rodriquez and jazz vocalist “Midnight Lucy.”

The Santaella Studios are at 1906 N. Armenia Ave. Call artist Kerry Vosler at (813) 417-5867 for details.

Correspondent Esther Hammer can be reached at ehammer@tampatrib.com

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