Hammer: Worldly artist stages exhibit at HCC Ybor
The Ybor Arts Gallery Hillsborough Community College will host an exhibition of prints and new installation work by Ina Kaur, Tuesday through June 20. A native of New Delhi who has lived and studied in the United States, the international artist has assimilated values and influences from Eastern and Western cultures. She uses symbols from the two opposite sides of the globe to explore what she calls the cross-cultural continuum. A multimedia artist and printmaker -- and currently an assistant professor and printmaking instructor at the University of Tampa -- Kaur has been showcased in exhibits around the world, including cities in the United States, Argentina, China, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Korea and Scotland. Meet her and see her work at a free opening reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the HCC Ybor Art Gallery, located in the Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts at Palm Avenue and 15th Street in Ybor City.Call gallery Director Carolyn Kossar at (813) 253-7674 for more information. Fashion, fine art at South Tampa show Fashion and fine art find a happy meeting in the current mother/daughter exhibit at Deborah Kent’s in South Tampa. Local artist Marianee Homsy presents her collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry designs featuring semi-precious stones; her mother, Magda Barsoum-Homsy, exhibits paintings. A member of the North Tampa Arts League, Barsoum-Homsy is a pediatric ophthalmologist as well as an artist. She works in watercolor, acrylics and collage, but her favorite medium is encaustic, a pigmented wax that gives her paintings their rich luminosity. It’s the perfect pre-Mother’s Day event and it’ free. Today is the last day of the duo’s art displays at Deborah Kent’s, 2120 S. Dale Mabry Highway. Call the store at (813) 259-1150 or go to www.deborahkents.com for hours and information. Artist goes outdoors for inspiration Janice Shindler, an artist-member of the North Tampa Arts League, is “artist of the month” at the New Tampa Regional Library in New Tampa. An avid outdoors-woman, Shindle likes to paint what she sees when she in Florida’s parks and on its rivers. “I love animals and all kinds of things living outdoors,” She said in a telephone interview. “My husband and I like to scuba dive, hike, swim and bicycle. So far this year I’ve hiked over 400 miles. I made a goal for myself this year to do 60 miles a week.” She and her husband also do a lot of kayaking on the Hillsborough River, where Shindle has taken photographs of alligators and other wildlife found there. Back in her studio, she converts the photos to pastel paintings. “I’ve kayaked all the passable portions from the Hillsborough State Park all the way to Tampa,” she said. A recent painting that came from one of those trips is “Limpkin,” a Florida bird that eats snails it finds by the river. It can be seen with many other pieces of her work through May at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Boulevard. Call the library at (813) 273-3652 for information and hours.
Esther Hammer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org