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I have always used figurative references in my work. Over time these images have become more abstract and the painted surface very textural. My paintings have symbolic and/or personal revelations as to my point of view. The viewer must look at the artwork as images not based on reality but on pure imagination.
My style continues to evolve with persistent exploration. As an artist, this journey has been one of constant experimentation and renewal of my creative force with each image I create.
Artist's Reception: Thursday February 9, 2017
Photos courtesy of Don Daly Photo.
On February 8, 2016 WBTT (the only professional black theater company on Florida’s West Coast) presented a fundraising program which focused on the Florida Highwaymen, a group of 26 African-American artists who – from the early 1950s through the 1980s – painted beautiful landscapes of undeveloped, serene Florida landscape. The artists sold their paintings door-to-door to businesses and individuals throughout Florida because gallery owners in the segregated South wouldn’t show their work.
The evening included a reception to meet artists and view artwork. There was a panel discussion with the artists and longtime collector Larry Helmuth which was moderated by Eleanor Merritt Darlington. Highwayman Al Black also presented a painting demonstration.
Reception Attendees with Ms. Merritt
Please join us for the Artists Reception, Thursday, Jan. 28, 5 to 7 p.m.
at Art Center Sarasota Exhibtion runs January 28 through March, 2016
Ms. Merritt is pictured outside Art Center Sarasota.
Story and photo by Marty Fugate, for yourobserver.com
Women In Power Honorees(from left) Renee Hamad, President of the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County, Wendy Surkis, President of the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA, and Eleanor Merritt.
The 33rd Annual Women in Power Luncheon was held on January 21 at Michael’s on East. The annual event honors women whose accomplishments mirror NCJW’s focus on social justice by improving the lives of women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Read more at the NCJW website.
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Location To Be Announced
This four-week course will introduce you to minority artists from different cultures and their place in the history of 20th century contemporary art. We will discuss the elements of visual expression and demonstrate the various artists approach to line, shape, form, color and texture.
Through slide show examples and review, we will compare various artistic innovations and techniques, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Frida Kahlo and their impact on the community, and, over time, society and history.
Whether you are seeking personal enrichment, career development or just plain curious about art, this is the course for you. I invite you to join us in gaining a greater awareness and understanding of the many significant contributions of minority artists in our time.