Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 4/27 – 4/29

Sure, you had a good time at Art After Dark last week.  Though, now you may be asking ”Danny, is there another art party worth going to soon?”  I’m glad you asked.  I’m also sorry I started off this week like an infomercial.  Anyhow, here’s another art party for you with one serious improvement: it supports an important cause.

CL Space – Tempus for The Spring     Sat 4/28

VIP admission – $30 in advance or $35 at the door, 6pm-10pm

General admission – $10, student (with ID) - $5, 7pm-10pm

The cause behind the party should be mentioned first – The Spring of Tampa Bay.  The Spring is Hillsborough’s only certified domestic violence prevention and emergency shelter agency.  Tempus for The Spring is specifically supporting the creation of a new art therapy program for the agency.  It’s only fitting that such a program is helped to be brought about with an art party.  This is where you can do your bit to prevent domestic violence and support the arts this Saturday.

That being said, I won’t lie – the Bay area isn’t short on art parties.  I can easily think of some regulars on both sides of the bay.  Thus, if you have some sort of literal art party addiction you’re set.  Like most things, though, the art parties actually worth your presence are few.  These events can easily get heavy on the party side and light on the art, as in “Art Lite”.  Tempus for The Spring seems to be a different sort of affair.

Firstly, two of the Bay area’s best painters will be showing and selling work: Theo Wujcik and Neil Bender.  Additionally, up and coming artists such as Justin Nelson and Ryann Slauson will be joining the gang on the wall (not to mention Tempus Projects’  Tracy Midulla Reller and Bluebird Books Bus’ Mitzi Gordon among many other great artists).  If you ever had hopes of owning art, Saturday would be a prime opportunity to make good on it.  Work is being sold via silent auction which could possibly help you land a sweet price, especially if you take advantage of a sneak peek that comes with a VIP admission.  More importantly, though, with cash you lay down for the auction you not only acquire awesome artwork but you also help out an awesome agency in a very real way.  You could be an art collector and a philanthropist with one maneuver of the wallet: classy!  Classy, but not snooty.  With a $3 per drink cash bar (free drinks with a VIP admission) and DJ, fun is to be had, even by philistine non-art liking types.

Regardless of your interest, causes and art rarely fit so well together.  Not often do venues like Tempus Projects exhibit in venues like the CL Space.  And Seldom can you contribute to an important cause by collecting art.