Sunday, March 6, 2011

Nude Nite 2011 photos: The art of the body

Posted By on Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Miss Kaze in Birdcage cwpa

Nude Nite 2011 was in Tampa this weekend.  Kelly Stevens, founder and organizer, brought her fun and energetic exhibition to The Trolley Barn in Tampa Heights for the third year in a row.

When I told un-initiated people that I was going to Nude Nite, it conjured up salacious thoughts of some kind of party at a nudist resort. I suppose I understand their assumptions, but until you go to and see for yourself you just won’t understand. The idea isn’t to be  naked. The idea is to enjoy the artistic expression of the human form. This year’s event did just that! More photos after the break.

Stevens explained that pole dancing isn’t just for strip clubs.  It is expressive dance as well as exotic fitness.  This year’s exhibition, put on by Impulse Studio, was a crowd favorite.

Flexibility is key in pole dancing.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “Victorian Steam Punk,” models were costumed in hoop skirts, wigs and umbrellas conjuring up images of the past.

Emily Wilson with Orlando Aerial Arts entertains on the Lyra high above the crowd

Mariko Takada adorned model Wendy Davis with henna body art.

Wendy Davis wearing Mariko Takada henna work.

Derek Gores in his third Nude Nite appearance works with his own reference photo and paper collaging.

Cat Camp body works her body painting artistry  Eric.

Kelly Stevens, creator of Nude Nite, participates in an interactive installation by Cora Lynn Rose and Rebecca Memoli called "Study of Conversation in Red and Blue."

One of the dazzling multimedia works: "Android" by Marc De Waele.

Simple and beautiful: “Eve” a bronze by Cheri Mittermeier.

Miss Kaze' (pronounced kahzay) in the birdcage was a colorful and dynamic display.

Ray Richardson’s exhibit allowed NN attendees to have their portraits done on site. By placing a piece of transparent media between himself and his model, he artistically sketched their outline.

This was not your grandmother’s Scrabble Board…well, she didn’t use many of these words anyway. Kind of gives “Triple Letter Score” a whole new meaning.

There were  works by over 150 artists. People critiqued…

And stared…

And even took photos of it.

Speaking of photos, the event attracted a LOT of guys with cameras. It’s one of the unique things about this exhibit. Pictures of (almost) everything are allowed.

Archer Stevens and Valerie Barrington, painted by Flesh Painters.com as moving art.

Floral Design/Eco Sculpture by Angele Steece.

Lynn Sky and Kyle Vest of Stilt Events.

Kyle Vest of Stilt Events.

Burlesque is perhaps the epitome of Nude Nite. Based in a tradition of sexy but not raunchy, it’s the icing on this spicy cake.

Such a classic and classy style.

Nude Nite happens twice a year, one weekend in Orlando and one in Tampa. Every year brings more attendance by both the curious and aficionados of nude art in all its forms.

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