Artist makes Tampa his muse
The TECO Public Art Gallery is exhibiting selected recent photographs by well-known Tampa businessman and artist Dave Gutcher through April. This is the first solo show for the owner of Gutcher's Quickprint. "My goal in photography is to find unique things through my travels," he said. "I have a strong focus on Tampa and on light." Though not a native, Gutcher has lived in Tampa most of his life and has a great fondness for his adopted city."I like photographing the unusual things about Tampa, things that people walk by every day and don't recognize as beautiful," he said. "Tampa is such a great location to photograph because there's just so much out there." And there's so much water, something that makes Tampa remarkable, said Gutcher, and something he likes to capture in his photographs - the way light bounces off the water, the way it reflects off buildings. "The pieces I'm most proud of in this show are my Tampa images," he said. "I have a lot that have probably not been seen before. There are three images that I know no one's ever photographed." What he considers his masterpiece is a 270-degree panoramic shot of downtown Tampa at sunrise. "It took a little over an hour to shoot it and 20 hours to put the 33 photographs together," he said. "Most people think it's a painting." The 6-foot-long finished product will be in the TECO show. Gutcher's father, John Gutcher, who passed away in 2001, would be proud to see his son's exhibit. "My dad taught color theory and light theory throughout his whole life," Dave Gutcher said. "But I didn't pick up a camera until many years after his death. And then I saw what my dad was talking about, and I went, 'Oh, that's what he meant.'" To see Gutcher's biography and more images, go to www.davegutcher photography.com. Artist donates art to Palma Ceia Tampa artist Marc DeWaele plans to donate a sculpture to the people in and around the Palma Ceia neighborhood. Called "El Corazon" (The Heart), it will occupy a spot at MacDill Avenue and Bay-to-Bay Boulevard after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on St. Patrick's Day. But before that, those who are interested can get a glimpse of the preliminary drawings, meet the Belgian-born artist and see more of his works at the Pre-Ribbon-Cutting Mixer on Friday at the Tampa Artist Emporium, in which DeWaele's work is showcased along with art by more than 100 other area artists who rent space at the Emporium. The idea for the sculpture originated within the Palma Ceia Business and Design District, a nonprofit, grass-roots organization started in 2008. "The idea was to really help support and sustain local businesses in the Palma Ceia area and to beautify the area and allow for networking," said president and former business owner Sheila Awad. The group essentially represents businesses along MacDill Avenue from Swann Avenue south to Bay-to-Bay Boulevard, and along Bay-to-Bay from Bayshore Boulevard to Dale Mabry Highway. DeWaele, who once owned an art gallery in South Tampa, offered to create the sculpture to help promote the area. "I was thinking about Ybor City when I designed it, because it was for Palma Ceia, and that's an older area, the base for the Spanish people at the time," he said in a telephone interview. "So I wanted something that was older looking, architecturally." His final design is an 11-foot-tall, rectangular steel sculpture that includes palm fronds, roses and two solar-powered lanterns. Meet the artist and see more of his work at the mixer from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Emporium, 3415 Bay-to-Bay Blvd., in the Starbucks Plaza. For information about the exhibit, call the Emporium at (813) 835-0212. To see more of DeWaele's work, go to www.art symphonyllc.com. To learn more about the Palma Ceia Business and Design District, visit www.palmaceiadistrict .com.
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