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Don't just send a valentine this year: Be one. Hyde Park Fine Arts is throwing a theme party and invites you to attend in your erotic best.
By AMY ABBOTT
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 2001
If you're not sure what to wear to an art gallery, fret no longer. The Hyde Park Fine Arts gallery asks that you come in costume.
An erotic costume to be exact.
The Valentine Peepshow is the gallery's annual celebration of art, self-expression and leather. It's also the kickoff for a new exhibit of erotic art, which runs through March 11.
The gallery and its curator, Kathie Olivas, specialize in local artwork with a penchant for the eclectic. Multimedia exhibits dot the walls and stands of the gallery. Color is used liberally, and everyday items are incorporated into several artistic pieces. One collage of obscure cartoons is topped with a piece of paper resembling a fortune pulled from a cookie: It says you have been serviced by a local pest control company today.
Not exactly what you would find on your local funnies page.
And that's the way the gallery's owner, Tim Waad, and Kathie Olivas think it should be.
"We have a lot of theme parties," said Olivas. "We're always looking for originality. The best ideas."
Those qualities are priority No. 1 for those attending Friday night's event. That is, if they want to win the coveted title of Mr. or Ms. Erotica.
"We're not looking for the most scantily clad contestants," said Olivas. "We want the most creative costumes. Not just the most skin."
So if you think you have nowhere to wear that white leather teddy you got last year for Valentine's Day, think again. Or you can just attend the opening to gaze at the multimedia artwork. Living and non-living.