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Art instructor shares psychedelic art


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Known for his “psychedelic” and often mind-boggling art, Tim Gibbons will exhibit his “Target” acrylic paintings at The Kahwa Espresso Bar at Element, 808 N. Franklin St., Tampa.

His “Come Tomorrow Another Day” solo art show will run through March 30.

A self-taught artist who grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Gibbons teaches art classes at the Hyde Park Art Studio, the Life Enrichment Center in the Carrollwood area and the Arts in the Schools Program through Hillsborough County and the Crawford Library at Sun City Center.

“I get inspired by everything I look at, see, read, hear through science, philosophy and history,” Gibbons said. “I have a longing to understand the reality of existence. Art is always a search and never a dead end.”

Gibbons, who lives in Seminole Heights, said he is committed to discovering local artists to show their work and support the thriving local art scene in Tampa.

One of the ways he promotes art is by showing his art as well as the art of other local artists at venues such as the Bamboozle Cafe, Bamboozle Tea Lounge, The Bunker, Stageworks Theatre, Anthem Games, Life Enrichment Center, John Crawford Art Studio, Kahwa Espresso Bar, Ainsworth’s Artisan Chocolates and Inkwood Books.

“All these businesses and organizations have opened their doors to me. I feel that displaying my art and the artwork of other local artists enhances their establishments,” he said.

Gibbons is married to Jayne Lisbeth, a writer and artist. Lisbeth coordinates the art installation and removals as well as handles art contracts.

Lisbeth said her husband is well-known for his fantasy, political and Aztec-influenced work.

“His art depicts everything from the familiar to the outrageous, from the serious to the comedic,” Lisbeth said.

Gibbons said he is pleased by the positive responses he receives by displaying art in public places.

“It’s important to get your artwork into the public eye,” he said. “It’s better to share art with the public world rather than confining that work to galleries and having to pay to go into art museums. This allows a greater number of people to enjoy a variety of local art.”

In addition to sharing their artwork with the public, many of his students display their art in their homes and the homes of family and friends. He said hanging art up in the home gives artists a chance to step back and reflect on their style as well as enjoy a sense of accomplishment.

“Our home is like an art museum,” he said. “We’ve run out of wall space, every wall is virtually covered with art, mine, my wife’s, our friends’, my students’ and art we’ve picked up in our travels all over the world.”

Gibbons said viewing art often inspires people to express their own creativity. He has had several people join art classes after seeing the pieces at local businesses.

“I had one experience where a woman had gone in to drink coffee in a corner of a restaurant, saw my print, loved it and looked at it at every visit for days and days and days,” Gibbons said. “She finally called me and bought the piece. This is what art is all about. A place where a person can get to know a piece of work, come to love it and want to display it in their own home.”

Kahwa Espresso Bar, at the corner of Tampa and Polk streets in downtown Tampa, is open Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information on the Hyde Park Art Studio, 702 S. Albany, Tampa, call (813) 259-1687.

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