Friday, March 2, 2012

Bare naked ladies (and gents): Photos from Nude Nite 2012

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Miss Polly Wood burlesque dancerMiss Polly Wood performs on the Burlesque stage at Nude Nite in Ybor City

Nude Nite 2012 is in full swing just east of Ybor City this weekend. The annual show, now in its fourth year in Tampa, is a three-day art celebration of everything nude. Paintings, sculpture, photography, live burlesque, and live nude art have become staples of the popular event. There are even places for do-it-yourself photos.

Kevin Christman bronxe MareaKevin Christman's bronze Marea.

The idea behind Nude Nite is not to be naked. It's to enjoy the many artistic representations of the human body displayed in the one-weekend-only gallery.

Lorrin Wagner body paints AngelaLorrin Wagner, a first-time artist, body-paints Angela, a second-year model.

Dawn Hunt paints her work Departed SoulsDawn Hunt paints her work, Departed Souls, using a live model.

Most museums and art exhibits discourage or prohibit photography. Nude Nite allows cameras for most displays.

Photos with Ms KazeA crowd poses with Ms Kaze, one of the models promoting the event.

ObservationA couple views one of the many paintings on display.

Samantha Churchill Tower of BabelSamantha Churchill works on her piece, Tower of Babel.

Electric CoupleElectric Couple charged up the night with their glowing costumes.

Melissa Wojciviewicz and Chaz Jansen play spin the bottleMelissa Wojciviewicz and Chaz Jansen play the Spin the Bottle game, for which options included kiss anywhere, 10-second massage, and ear nibble!

CrucificationCrucification allowed Nude Nite attendees to participate by leaving messages on the installation.

Heather Brooks with Orlando Ariel ArtsHeather Brooks with Orlando Arts Aerial performed several times on the silk.

Stephanie Goins and Rick Patterson sit in photo chair 1st time nude niteStephanie Goins and Rick Patterson — both seeing Nude Nite for the first time — sit in the photo chair.

Stephen Pallidino and Bobby Blackgoat say bigger is betterStephen Pallidino and Bobby Blackgoat say bigger is better. They plan on working on this piece every night, adding color and other features.

Flying NudeLife-size flying nudes are everywhere, suspended from the ceiling, hanging parallel to the floor.

Nude Nite runs through Saturday March 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight and is located in an old broom factory at 3606 4th Avenue east of Ybor City. $20 admission

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