First Friday Night Open Reception: 3 Exhibits

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Three Exhibits for February!

  • Florida Landscape Artists

  • Red Hot (Celebrating the Color Red)

  • Artwork from Students of VSAFL

Florida Landscape Artists

The Florida Landscape Artists are a small collective of painters who work in various mediums including oil, pastel, watercolor and pen & ink. In addition to working in their own studios, they have been painting together on location for several years. The artists first met, and continue to paint
together weekly as part of the group, West Coast Plein Air, a local chapter of the statewide organization Plein Air Florida.

The artists who make up the Florida Landscape Artists are all active working artists in their own communities, which range from Clearwater in the south to Brooksville in the north. The artists of the group include: Eva Allen, Phoebe Chidester, Jenna Star Friedman, Rhonda Hancock, Anneke Hulstein, Lynnette Vaughan and Jana Withers.

Viewers of their work will notice, in addition to the varying mediums, differences in the paintings’ style, color, and composition. Yet there is cohesiveness as well, that can be defined by the artists’ love for their subject matter – the natural beauty of Florida’s landscape. The actual locations of the paintings are also often recognized by viewers as they are based on local scenes in nearby areas.

Like many of us who have lived in Florida for any amount of time, The Florida Landscape Artists have witnessed the loss of many of our natural surroundings to hastily and poorly thought-out methods of dealing with development and population growth. As more and more areas are replaced by parking lots, strip malls, condos, and other signs of ever-encroaching development, the Florida Landscape Artist are united in their common bond of wanting to record in art their interpretations of the landscape around them. They hope that others enjoy their paintings of Florida’s wondrous beauty.

Red Hot! Celebrating the Color Red 

The color red is the warmest of all colors. The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing as well as the conflicting color of love and passion to violence or warfare.

Energy, Desire, Passion are all feelings the beautiful color red can evoke. 

Stimulating, Exciting, Motivating are some effects of the color red.

21 Artists want to share this creative celebration with you! Red is Hot! Join us and you will see this intense color, from a speck to abundance, on every canvas, photograph, digital art and mixed media. Beautiful artwork that will have a different effect on all, but there is one thing for sure- all will be seeing red!

Student Artwork from VSA

Artwork created by students at Deer Park Elementary, Moon Lake Elementary and T. Weightman Middle School in Pasco County. The Hand 'n Hand artist residency programs that were
held at the three schools were facilitated by teaching artists Angela Dickerson, Babs Evans, Rachel Means and Jack Beverland.

The Pasco County Hand 'n Hand residency program was made possible through a grant from the Autism Services Grants Council.

VSA Florida provides arts, education and cultural opportunities by and for people with disabilities. Thanks to our event partner Sweetbay Supermarket 6500 Massachusetts Ave. NPR


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