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The Basement Gallery: Love Is Art  

When: Fri., Nov. 30, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: Free admission.
thebasementdtsp.com.
Subterranean spaces are often synonymous with sanctuary. Catacombs, though intended for underground burials, historically hid smugglers, cult members, and war refugees from the authorities. Vaults, also entombments, tend to secure valuables. Midwesterners duck into basements to escape the paths of violent tornadoes. Downtown St. Pete, a place very not synonymous with below-ground architecture, is now home to an underground refuge of its own — this one for artists and connoisseurs. The Basement Gallery opens the doors to its 3,000-square-foot space Friday in St. Pete’s Edge District. The spot, exposed brick and all, houses work from new and established artists. On its opening night, the space will host Love Is Art, a showing of South African-born Jeremy Brown’s work, which literally makes art out of lovin’. In addition, Sotted Design, up-and-comers who create one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces using recycled pallets. Event organizers say the night offers art lovers a chance to glimpse some of the edgier components of St. Pete’s flourishing scene. Taps and Tequila contributes with free beer and wine. —Kate Bradshaw

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