Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out This Weekend!

Select your hardiest pair of skinnies this weekend and plan on wearing them through Sunday – we’re partying at the museum and meeting Peter Max.

Tampa Museum of Art – Art After Dark       Fri. 1/20  8pm-11pm

Like bowling, art can be more fun after dark, especially when tastefully coupled with lasers and fog machines.  Though the TMoA won’t be rocking it black-light-and-Pink-Floyd style, you can still expect their quarterly Art After Dark to be a fun night at the museum.  Local neo-shoegazers, Sleepy Vikings will be providing the music while you check out what’s described as “live outdoor art installations”.   A cash bar and Retro TV dinners from Sono Cafe will be around to complete the party.

This weekend’s Art After Dark exhibit celebrates the museum’s upcoming William Pachner, Romare Bearden, Don ZanFagna, and John Cage exhibits. For those of us art-nerds that float farther to the ‘nerd’ end of the continuum, this is as scene as anything here in the Bay area.  Have a good time, head to the after party at Collage, fall asleep with your wrist band on, and brag about the whole thing to your regular-nerd friends the next day.  This is what I’ll do.

Syd Entel Galleries – Peter Max      Sat. 1/21 7:30pm-10pm    &    Sun. 1/22 1pm-4pm     RSVP requested

Peter "to the" Max

This one caught me off guard – Immensely popular graphic artist and painter Peter Max will be attending the reception to his new exhibition at Safety Harbor’s Syd Entel Galleries.  He’ll be exhibiting various recent work featuring Texas themed paintings and celebrity portraits (including the Taylor Swift featured on her album cover and the gallery’s website) that have never been exhibited.  The exhibit is scheduled in connection with the announcement that Max would be painting the hull  of a Norwegian Cruise Lines luxury cruise liner – the Boeing 777 he painted for Continental being a mere appetizer.

While this work may not be the cosmic 60′s icons you’ve come to know and love, the exhibition will definitely be a good opportunity to meet the artist.  You can at least bounce your nickname ideas off him – Peter “to the” Max, Peter Max Head Room, and so on.  The receptions on Saturday and Sunday are free.  However, Syd Entel is requesting you RSVP if you plan on attending.

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