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Art show maintains its cool

Published July 18, 2007


The 19th annual Cool Art Show is set for this weekend at the Coliseum.

With many Tampa Bay area art festivals held earlier in the year, this event is one of the few summer shows where artists from throughout Florida will display their work indoors .

This year the Professional Association of Visual Arts will be sponsoring the show that runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, and includes free parking. Art lovers will be able to purchase an assortment of artwork, and many vendors will be accepting credit cards and ATMs will be on the premises.

This show started during spring 1988, when Denis Gatson and his colleague, Italo Gazzoli, began to think about hosting an art show.

The show seemed to be a brilliant idea, since there were none like it during spring. After gaining the support of PAVA the idea became a reality. In time, the show became popular throughout the Tampa Bay community. This year it features 80 artists and is expected to attract more than 4,000 visitors.

This juried event will feature some of Florida's most talented artists. Connie Parkinson, a jeweler of 10 years, was featured in the Harvest Show last year with her partner, Patti Bacun. As the art show's coordinator of three years, Parkinson said, "We jury the show because we are always looking for the cream of the crop. People who came last year will see new stuff, which will make it more exciting. This way the show is not the same as previous years. It's going to be great," she said.

Upon arrival, visitors will receive a program that will serve as a guide for those who are looking for a specific artist.

"If you want to see the best art-work, you should come to the Cool Art Show. It's indoor so it's going to be cool and not to mention the art is cool too," said Gatson, the show's original coordinator and an artist of mixed media paintings.

For more information about the Cool Art Show, visit the Web site,

[Last modified July 17, 2007, 20:52:51]

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