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Neighborhood Report

Capture of Ybor's essence

The museum society is giving 15 local artists a chance to express and display their interpretations of the rich community .

Published October 20, 2006

Fifteen local artists present their Ybor City-inspired art for a one-night exhibit to "preserve, promote and celebrate" the culture of Ybor.

The artists have teamed up with the Ybor City Museum Society for the exhibit, called "Revolution & Renewal: A Contemporary View of Ybor City."

The exhibit is a way to reach out to the local arts community and help restore Ybor's reputation as a center for the arts, said Manny Leto, the museum society's outreach director. It's also a way to reintroduce Ybor to people who may know little about its history and culture.

A juried panel selected artists based on submitted portfolios. The three jurors, Sean Fitzgerald, director of the Ybor Art Studio, Chris Harp, executive director of the museum society, and Elizabeth Kozlowski, exhibit curator, then asked selected artists to form their own interpretations of Ybor through their art.

"It doesn't have to be a literal translation, but how it affects you as an artist," said Kozlowski.

A variety of artists, including sculptor Erik Zimmerman, photographers Maida Millan and David Audet, and painters Daniel Williams and Hector Del Campo, will present up to two pieces each. Their artwork will be on display in the Ybor City Museum's outdoor garden, and at Tre Amici Coffee and Wine Bar, which opened a little over a month ago. In addition, the Ybor Art Studio in Centennial Park will showcase student work.

Exhibit coordinators also asked three local bands, The Candybars, Worldwide Zoo and The Beauvilles, to perform in and around Centennial Park to give the event a different kind of energy.

Leto and Kozlowski hope that bringing together so many different artists will help encourage and nurture the artistic spirit of Ybor City. Through this exhibit, they want the community to look not only to the past, but to the present and future of this historic place.

Erika Vidal and be reached at or 813 226-3339.


Ybor Exhibit

"Revolution and Renewal: A Contemporary View of Ybor City" is open today from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Ybor City Museum State Park, at Ninth Avenue and 19th Street in Tampa. Admission is free. All artwork will be for sale, and artists will donate the proceeds to the museum. Pictured here is Los Pasos Secretos, an oil by Leoneth Rodriquez.


[Last modified October 19, 2006, 12:21:15]

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