Uncommon is right. This is a don't-miss show at TMA (which has been getting in the habit of mounting don't-miss shows of late), co-organized with the USF Contemporary Art Museum. A huge retrospective of works created in collaboration with USF's world-renowned printing workshop, Graphicstudio, it's full of astonishments. Start with just the roster of artists, a roll call of some of the biggest names in contemporary art — 45 in all, including the likes of Ruscha, Rosenquist, Mapplethorpe, Louise Bourgeois, Christian Marclay, Chuck Close — who have used the facilities and expertise of Graphicstudio over its 46-year history to expand notions of what printmaking can be. And that's the biggest astonishment of all: the sheer variety of this show, which has been brilliantly curated by Jade Dellinger. From exquisitely rendered lithographs to fantastical 3-D confabulations to fascinating reconsiderations of printed forms — blueprint, photogravure, even choreographic notation — there's a jaw-dropper around every corner.
Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice opens today, continues through May 18. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission prices: adult $10.00; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $7.50; students $5; and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge.
Also, in anticipation of the city's big Jan. 6 celebration, the city will open Epiphany in Tarpon Springs, a show by Christopoulos-Lekkas with husband Kostas Lekkas. For the last five years, the couple have worked to capture the event's spirituality and pageantry along with the people who take part in it each year. The exhibit will be displayed in the upstairs gallery.
Well, we were actually on our way to Publix to pick up food. We would have taken 15th Street North if we didn't need to stop at the store. While turning north onto Nebraska from Caracas Avenue, I saw a unique mural being painted on a little gray building directly across the street from my block.
Audiowood Listening Party and Record Player Display Audiowood designs represent the pinnacle of both handcrafted woodwork and audio design — even Chris Pine's Captain Kirk spins an Audiowood's Bachelor turntable in Star Trek: Into Darkness. See some badass turntable handiwork in person when Joel Scilley, a Florida native, woodworker and Audiowood designer, presents a showcase of his Audiowood designs in conjunction with Florida Craftsmen Gallery, The Suncoast Audiophile Society (SAS) and Daddy Kool Records. Scilley will discuss and demonstrate his turntables and other audio goods in two connected events. The SAS July Meetup and Audiophile Listening Party beginning at 4 p.m., and the Second Saturday Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., both on July 13, featuring DJ Mike Rozak spinning on Audiowood turntables, records for sale and a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. Florida Craftsmen Gallery, 501 Central Ave., 727-821-7391, floridacraftsmen.net.
Summer Salt Alabama native Emily Barnes presents an exhibition that illustrates the human form in water. Her use of oils and vibrant colors contrasts underwater life and life outside the water. Attend an opening reception for Barnes' show during St. Pete's Second Saturday Downtown Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m.
ARTicles Art Gallery, 1445 Central Ave., July 13-Aug. 6, 6-9 p.m., 727-898-6061, articlesstpete.com.
The Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Tampa Bay Lightning are hosting their second annual arts competition with another open call to artists.