TAMPA — Artist Jody Chandler, of Central Tampa, will share her work and that of her recent students from Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts during an art show mysteriously called, “Open for Interpretation.”
The show takes place Aug. 17 through Sept. 7 at The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., in Ybor City. They will have an opening reception on Aug. 17 from noon to 3 p.m.
Chandler said there were no specific art assignments behind the show, although the works relate to the title.
“The medium choices were up to them,” Chandler said. “Most of them are painters and a few prefer prismacolor pens, charcoal and just regular ball point pen.”
Chandler said she can occasionally spot a budding artist in her class, but sometimes artist talent evolves over time. The art show gives the students, most of whom will attend Blake High School of the Arts next year, a chance to reach a wider group of viewers.
Students participating include Vrianna Romero, Chloe Chatfield, Laura Villegas, P.J. Theobald, Cate Hancock, Adriana Sardinas and Ross Stoneburner.
“I wanted to give them an opportunity to show their works in the community,” she said. “They were excited.”
She hasn’t titled the pieces she will be sharing, but said her inspiration came from her rich inner world.
The show is about “the meaning, textures, layers, words, concepts that shape who we are, hiding but in a pleasing way so no one will really know about you,” she said.
As an art teacher, Chandler believes her job is relevant for inspiring and preparing young people to enter the job market.
“You need to be a creative thinker, problem solver, self starter, independent, free to try new ideas and, most importantly, confident in your abilities,” she said.
Still, she considers herself an artist first and a mother/teacher second.
“You give so much of yourself and you work so hard for them — it sometimes feels like you are their second mom,” she said. “I always tell everyone that my kids are the best part if my day.”
The Bunker is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for free music night; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.