Art isn't always splattered across a grand canvas and displayed in museums or galleries. Sometimes, it's small enough to stick in a pocket and take with you wherever you go.
Artist Trading Card shows are an old tradition around the world, but this month marks only be the fourth time that Tampa Regional Artists has staged one. The 2 1/2-inch by 3 1/2-inch cards are a hit amongst artists who, at the end of the exhibit, choose another artist's card to swap with their own, potentially influencing their own style by seeing the work of someone else in a new way.
"I love these shows as an artist because it's a great opportunity to own a piece of art from a genre or media that I probably don't do myself," said TRA President Kathy Durdin. "It's a good show, and it's a little something different."
The exhibition will display the work of 18 artists, who submitted a total of 72 cards. Awards are given to artists in the following categories:
- Best in Show
- Pen and Ink
- Colored pencil
The cards will be on exhibit at the Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 W. Swann Ave., from noon-3 p.m. every day except Mondays throughout the next month as it is paired with the Art in a Garden exhibit. Admission to the exhibits is free.
For more information on the Artist Trading Card show or future shows at Old Hyde Park Art Center, call Durdin at (813) 220-5800 or visit the Tampa Regional Artists website.