My Favorite Art Place
1750 N. Hercules Ave., Clearwater
844 Art Place, Clearwater (studio)
Online gallery: MyFavoriteArtPlace.com
Venue info: menaul-art.com
Pale Horse Lucha: The Art of Lucha LibreIf there’s such a thing as a stereotypical wrestling fan, it probably doesn’t look like Chris Parks, a slim 30-something with a prodigious beard who, by virtue of his work as an inventor and illustrator of otherworldly, myth-based characters, is one of St. Pete’s finest artistic assets. In a chapel-like office inside his downtown studio, Pale Horse Design, Parks is in his element, flanked by samples of his illustrations, design books and art toys. But a while back he found himself drawn to another haunt — the ringside of indie wrestling matches like those held at the Orpheum in Ybor City — at the urging of his friend Michael Thomas, a graphic designer and writer who sits next to Parks as we chat.
Tues., May 5, 7-11 p.m.; opening match at 8 p.m.; main event at 9 p.m. at NOVA 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd N, St. Petersburg, 727-821-6682, nova535.com, palehorselucha.com.
Bask and Tes One: Pound and a Bear Hug
April 24-June 6
Opening reception Fri., April 24, 7-10 p.m.The friendship between artists Bask and Tes One goes back to the 1990s, when they were comic book nerds and teenage graffiti artists. In hardware stores, they would sneakily switch out nozzles on spray paint from other aerosol cans to enhance the precision of their masterpieces on “The Clearwater Wall” — once gifted to young street artists by a landowner near the city’s Frisbee golf course.
CASS Contemporary Gallery, 2722 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, casscontemporary.com
—2015 USF BFA Thesis Exhibition ReceptionThe gallery opens Friday night, April 24, with a reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 4/25 the gallery will be closed for the day. The show reopens Sunday, April 26. Sun-Wed hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. atThe Lockbox,633 N. Franklin St., Tampa
Retro Beach BashThe stately Museum of Fine Arts on St. Pete's waterfront is striving to bring in local artists and a younger demographic, according to the MFA's Katherine Pill, assistant curator of art after 1950.
8 p.m. Fri., April 24, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N., St. Petersburg. $100 admission includes MFA and Contemporaries membership. fine-arts.org.
ARTpool’s 7th Anniversary is Sat., April 18, 8 p.m.-midnight; runway show is at 10 p.m.
Dress code: "Dress to impress." Tickets online at artpoolgallery.com. VIP Runway seat & show is $40; general admission show is $20. All ages welcome. ARTpool’s Monthly Crafty Fest Indie Art Markets are May 2-3, June 6-7.