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Art

Take an artistic tour through Tampa

Check these out.

By LENNIE BENNETT
Published March 23, 2006


[Image from Covivant Gallery]
From the "Frontiers at Dawn" exhibit.
Image from Millennia Fine Art
One of a new series of paintings by Theo Wujcik.
Image courtesy of Bleu Acier
The Hides by Jean Shin.

Group dynamics

Covivant Gallery, 4906 N Florida Ave., Tampa, in the Seminole Heights neighborhood, opens a show with a reception Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. and suggested donation of $5.

"Frontiers at Dawn" is the work of several artists working under the collective name Fluff Constructivists. The exhibition is composed of large dioramas, photographic prints and audio. During the opening reception, performance pieces, such as the one shown here, will also be staged. Information: (813) 234-0222.

- LENNIE BENNETT, Times art critic

The birthplace of his art

Theo Wujcik has always played with visual and cultural perceptions in his paintings. In recent years, designer faucets, Chanel perfume bottles and ormolu-encrusted furniture have figured hugely on his canvases, streamlined as abstract objects of beauty that are also symbols of excess.

He veers even further into the nonfigurative with a new series of paintings, one of which is shown here, composed of large blurs of complex color, described as "pixels" by Wujcik, and meant to be "a visual investigation into the realm of Global Warming in a purposeful effort to take action now."

Good for him, I say, though such solemnity weights down the pure pleasure of seeing his masterful way with paint and brush.

Wujcik, who retired as a professor at the University of South Florida several years ago, has worked out of an Ybor City studio for 13 years. He says the building is for sale and he will probably be moving. But first, he wants to open his studio so the public can look inside his working space and see new paintings as well as many from his past. From there, new work will travel to Millennia Fine Art in Orlando, the gallery representing Wujcik.

The studio, 1507 E Ninth Ave., Tampa, will be open Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. Free admission. For information, call (407) 226-8701.

A treasure of textures

Erika Greenberg-Schneider has every reason to be exhausted. She's a master printer who collaborates with artists on limited editions using her fabulous collection of old European presses; she's an adjunct professor at University of South Florida; she's a wife and the mother of a young daughter; and she runs Bleu Acier, a gallery in Tampa Heights, where she also lives.

So she may be exhausted but you would never know it. After participating in the Booty Art Show two weeks ago, stocking one of the PODS along Franklin Street in Tampa with art, then dismantling it two days later, she has just finished installing a new exhibition at Bleu Acier, 109 W Columbus Drive, Tampa.

"Metal, Leather, Resin, Wax: Sculpture" opens Friday with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. and a suggested donation of $5. Featured artists are Dominique Labauvie (Greenberg-Schneider's husband), Herve DiRosa, Jean Shin, part of whose installation The Hides is shown here, and Marie Yoho Dorsey. Information: (813) 272-9746.

[Last modified March 22, 2006, 12:33:29]


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