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Bekky Beukes delves into 'Debris,' Tampa Bay History Center maps Florida-Cuba connections

Bekky Beukes: Debris

When artist Bekky Beukes came to Tampa from her native South Africa in 2014, she took off her fashion designer hat and started painting. She is opening her second solo show, "Debris," at the Blue Goose in St. Petersburg this Saturday. It's probable that you've seen her work, as she has several murals around Tampa, including one on the Rialto Theatre. Her illustrative, ethereal style is at once elegant and tattoo-worthy. The paintings in "Debris" deal with themes of the emotions that transitions trigger, the concept of breaking free and the notion of discovering bliss after a struggle. The free opening reception is 8 to 11 p.m. at 48 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg.


Florida y Cuba: Gateways to the Caribbean

Sure, we're all aware of Florida's connection to Cuba, but were you aware that it dates back 500 years? An exhibit now open at the Tampa Bay History Center, "Gateways to the Caribbean: Mapping the Florida-Cuba Connection," reveals the long relationship up to its current state through rare and original maps, lithographs and other documents. Cartography is a fascinating art form, and the earliest map in the exhibition was first published in 1511 by Peter Martyr, a Spaniard who had traveled with Christopher Columbus. The exhibit also has contemporary pieces, including a print by Cuban artist Ibrahim Miranda, pictured, that was created at the University of South Florida's Graphicstudio in 2012. The fascinating exhibit remains on display through January. Admission is $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students with ID, $7.95 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free. 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 228-0097.


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