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Hammer: Bamboozle art display in Tampa has spooky theme

Bamboozle Café in downtown Tampa celebrates Halloween and fall with a group exhibit of art that runs through Nov. 2.

Called “Bam-BOOO-zle,” the exhibit fills the walls of the café with the artists’ interpretations of what is spooky, fun and even historical about this season. You will find acrylic and oil paintings, pencil drawings and one grave-rubbing from a 1909 gravestone in Eugene, Ore.

The six artists are: Angela Azmitia, Bill Bellgraph, Tim Gibbons, Cassandra LeSar, Jayne Lisbeth, and Andrea Snow-James.

Meet the artists and see their works at a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The event will feature Southeast Asian appetizers, wine and tea.

Bamboozle Café is at 516 N. Tampa St. Call (813) 223-7320 or visit www.bamboozlecafe.com.

Graphicstudio holds art sale

The 15th Annual Graphicstudio Benefit Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

For one day only, the studio puts on a comprehensive exhibit of its holdings of fine art prints and multiple sculptures. And prices on many of them have been reduced by anywhere from 10 percent to 60 percent.

“Basically, all of our available inventory is up for sale, with a limited number at reduced prices,” said Kristin Soderqvist, director of sales and marketing. “We try to show it all. We use every available space, every desk, every wall and every surface. We even have art in the bathroom.”

Some big names in art are among the works on sale, including Chick Close, Alex Katz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, William Wegman and more.

A number of these are rare because they are the last ones in the inventory, Soderqvist said. They will hang in the front gallery.

Guests can register all day for a drawing to win Andrea Modica’s photogravure “Cedar Key, Florida.” The drawing will take place at 8 p.m. during a reception, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

“We are always open to the public and always selling works,” Soderqvist emphasized. “This is just one day that we offer discounted prices.”

All sales benefit Graphicstudio, at 3702 Spectrum Blvd., Suite 100, on the University of South Florida campus, just behind Embassy Suites. Parking is ample and free. For details, visit www.graphicstudio.usf.edu.

Artist draws on Italian influence

Gallery 221 on the Dale Mabry Campus of Hillsborough Community College opens the fall season with “subSURFACE; Mixed Media by Stacy Rosende.”

Just back from her summer residency in Venice, Italy, local artist Rosende presents rich oil and wax paintings, monotype prints and cast sculptures that reflect the artist’s shift in focus since visiting Venice.

“When in Italy, I found myself drawn to the elegant use of pattern throughout the ancient buildings, modest and grand,” Rosende wrote in an artist’s statement. The works in the show reveal her innovative use of pattern and transparency, along with her characteristic love of color.

Meet the artist and see her works at a free opening reception from 10 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Gallery 221, 4001 Tampa Bay Blvd., in the second floor library in the Learning Resources Center on the HCC Dale Mabry Campus.

Contact director Katherine Gibson at (813) 253-7386 or visit www.hccfl.edu/gallery221 for more information.

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

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