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Unique work by local artist Larry Liverman to debut at Florida Artists Gallery

The Florida Artists Gallery, located in the historic Knight House at 8219 Orange Avenue in Floral City will debut the unique art of Larry Liverman at a reception from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on January 20, 2018.
Liverman, a native of Boise, Idaho, who has lived in Florida since 1974 and been a resident of Floral City since 2000, says that he has never thought of himself as an artist until recently when others have reacted so strongly to his colorful and abstract images. 
As a former owner of a sign business, his work can be seen in Citrus County parks, and one of Liverman’s computer-routed signs stands at the entrance to Floral City on Route 48.  Liverman says, “I guess my work has always involved art, but I did not pursue art in its own right until I started this work about two years ago.”
Liverman creates images by using a technique he describes as “a formulated colorant dispensed under pressure onto a contained liquid.”  The results are bright and colorful abstracts depicting graceful and elaborate organic shapes, which he then photographs. The photographs are printed on wood, glass, photo paper, acrylic, or aluminum.
The reception to debut Liverman’s unique work is open to the public and will include refreshments and an opportunity to speak with the artist among the original works in a wide range of media by approximately 40 other regional artist who are members of the Florida Artist Gallery. For more information, call 352-344-9300.​

Photographer Larry Jordan to present “A Taste of Africa” at Florida Artists Gallery 

Florida Artists Gallery Member and award-winning photographer Larry Jordan will present a talk with photographs entitled “A Taste of Africa” at the Florida Artists Gallery at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 16.  The talk will be based on and present new images created by Jordan during his recent Tanzania and Kenya Safari.
The popular Jordan, whose talks at the Gallery are always sold-out events, states, “My presentation will describe where the safari took place, including the lodges and parks we visited, and why it was such a photographer’s success, including the opportunity to witness and photograph animal migrations.  My remarks will be accompanied by what I consider the 100 best of the thousands of photographs taken.”
Cost for the talk is $10 per person, including refreshments and Q&A with Jordan afterward.  For reservations call, 352-344-9300
The winter holiday season will kick off in Floral City on Thursday evening, November 9 when local businesses will open their doors with a Night of Lights.  Luminaries will light the way for visitors to walk through the historic town for sight-seeing and leisurely shopping.  Participating businesses will offer refreshments and host a treasure hunt for prizes.  The event, which will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. 
Those participating in the Night of Lights will include the Floral City Heritage Museum at 8394 East Orange Avenue, featuring an exhibit about work and commerce in 19th Century Florida; The Floral City Library at 8360 East Orange Avenue which will feature the “Famous Americans” traveling photo exhibit for Alzheimer’s Awareness; the Florida Artists Gallery at 8219 Orange Avenue where guests will be entertained by the musical duo Rich and Ritchie; the Red Brick Place at 8305 East Orange Avenue, offering refreshments; A Touch-of Glass by Susan at 6040 South Florida Avenue; Floral City Bait and Tackle at 7737 S Old Floral City Road; and Head-to-Toe by Julie and Jo at 7733 S Old Floral City Road.
The Friends of Floral City Library will hold a Mini Book Sale, which will include music, board and card games, and making of special crafts.  
For more information, call 352-726-1765 or 352 344 9300.
Christmas ornaments and cards by local artists will be on sale in the gallery from Wednesday, November 1st.

Florida Artists Gallery plans holiday reception featuring artists Estep and Astarita 

Florida Artists Gallery plans holiday reception featuring artists Estep and Astarita
The Florida Artists Gallery, located in the historic Knight House at 8219 Orange Avenue in Floral City, is planning a holiday reception on the evening of SaturdayNovember 18, 2017, featuring artists Marti Estep and Anthony Astarita, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Both artists create abstracts, but work in very different styles and techniques.  Estep, who was born in West Virginia and came to Florida from Ohio, works with watercolor and says, “I generally reflect nature in my paintings because I love the beauty of the outdoors.  Florida skies are amazing and water reflections are ever changing. I do not paint these directly or representationally, but their qualities simply come through in my work.”
Estep adds, “My paintings often appear uncontrolled, but I have learned great control over the materials I use to create different effects.  I do not control the outcome of a particular painting; rather I control the materials and let them also run free.”
Astarita, an artist born in Brooklyn who has spent most of his life in Florida, says, “I work in acrylics, and I love to paint on wood, rather than canvas.  My technique is very vigorous.  I build up and scraping off paint, working in many layers.  A canvas simply cannot hold up under the stress I apply to the work.  In addition to paint, I use pencil, ballpoint, practically anything I can lay my hands on to express my mood.”
Astarita adds, “I paint from ideas, memories, and emotions.  My work is very expressionistic.  I have painted all of my life; professionally for the last 20 years.”
The reception will be free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  Visitors will have an opportunity to meet and talk with the featured artists, and see the work of 40 other regional artists working in a wide range of media.  For more information, call 352-344-9300
 The Florida Artists Gallery, located at 8219 E Orange Avenue in Floral City, has announced an open house from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017 where many of its leading artists will be on hand to meet and greet new visitors and regular customers.  Artist/Instructors will also be available to describe the learning opportunities provided through their classes.  Refreshments will be provided.
Popular artists and instructors expected to attend will include Lynda Ryan, Mary Carter, Barbara Kerr, Joan Swetland, and Keith Gum.  Gallery President Ann Covington reports that many original works on display will be available at special prices.

Gallery Members win blue ribbons at Citrus County Fair.

Audrey Bunchkowski won a blue ribbon for her Zen of the Dove in the Garphic Arts Category and Barbara Kerr won a blue ribbon for her Grape Abstract in the Abstract Category.  


Larry Jordan to speak on photographing Yellowstone at Florida Artists Gallery Dinner Lecture Series 

Award-winning photographer Larry Jordan will present “Yellowstone in Winter: Two Different Perspectives” at the Florida Artists Gallery Café Dinner and Lecture Series on March 25, 2017. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by Mr. Jordan’s presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Jordan toured and took hundreds of photographs of Yellowstone National Park during the winters of both 2016 and 2017.  Using a hundred images selected from those visits, he will describe the fauna, landscapes, and events he experienced, and how one visit differed from the other. The images will show bison, fox, coyotes, bobcats, elk and eagles in the natural winter environment.
Admission for the dinner and talk is $30 per person, and includes a free glass of wine.  All proceeds will go to support the Florida Artists Gallery’s educational programs.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve places, call 352-344-9300.
Previous presentations by Mr. Jordan at the Gallery have attracted a full audience, so early reservations are recommended. 
The Florida Artists Gallery and Café are located in the historic Knight House at 8219 Orange Avenue in Floral City.  For more information, go to www.flartistsgallery.comor find it on Facebook. 

Florida Artists Gallery calls for unique and distinctive gifts

The Florida Artists Gallery is presenting an opportunity for makers of unique, distinctive, and finely-crafted gifts to place their work on consignment in the Gallery. 
If you are a maker of creative and original gifts, contact Lynda Ryan or Ann Covington at 352-344-9300, or e-mail photos and descriptions tofloridaartistsgallery@gmail.com
The Florida Artists Gallery, located in the historic Knight House at 8219 Orange Avenue in Floral City, is open noon to 3 p.m. on SaturdaySunday, andWednesday; noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; and closed Monday andTuesday.  For more information about classes and special events, go to www.flartistsgallery.com or 352-344-9300.

Susan Donohoe painting selected for Florida Water Color Society on-line show

Florida Artists Gallery member Susan Donohoe's painting, “Ram-bunctious Kids” has been selected for the Florida Water Color Society’s 2015 on-line show. 
Donohoe, who, signs her paintings "SusanJane," retired from a long career as an award-winning kitchen and bath designer.   She finds inspiration for her paintings in the people, the landscapes, and the exotic wildlife of Florida.  Now a full-time artist, she states, “My paintings tell a story, I try to infuse my characters with a personality that draws the viewer into the story being told.”  
Having spent most of her life in Minneapolis/St. Paul and San Francisco, Donohoe now calls Florida her home.  Last year her work hung at the Appleton Museum, and she has won many awards for her work
More of Donohoe’s creations can be seen at the Florida Artists Gallery, located in the historic Knight House at 8219 Orange Avenue in Floral City.  For more information about the Florida Artists Gallery and Café, call 352-344-9300, go to www.flartistsgallery.com or find it on Facebook.
To see all of the selections for the Florida Water Color Society 2015 on-line show, go to http://floridawatercolor.org/online_show.

Local photographer chosen for cover of Florida Wildlife Federation Annual Report

 “Solitary Sunset,” an image by local award-winning photographer Myrna Bradshaw has been selected for the cover of the Florida Wildlife Federation’s 2013-2014 Annual Report.
Bradshaw, a member of the Florida Artists Gallery, has won Best of Show in photography at the Sumter County Fair for the last three consecutive years.  She also earned top prizes in two categories of the 2013 Florida Wildlife Federation Photo Contest, one of which was for “Solitary Sunset.”  In addition, she took first place in the 2013 international Chasing the Light juried photo competition. 
Her work has been published in Florida Wildlife Magazine, Birder’s World Magazine, Birds and Blooms, Florida Agriculture, Woods & Water, and Florida Fish and Wildlife News.”   
More of Bradshaw’s photography can be seen at the Florida Artists Gallery & Café located in the historic Knight House at 8219 Orange Avenue in Floral City.  Admission is free.  For more information, call 352-344-9300, visit www.flartistsgallery.com, or find it on Facebook.

Florida Artists Gallery members Rose and Kreider selected for Florida Watercolor Society On-line Show

Susan Donohoe
Gail Rose and Carol Kreider, both of whom are members of the Florida Artists Gallery, have had works accepted for the Florida Watercolor Society’s prestigious annual on-line show.  Their works were chosen from among more than 200 submitted for judging.
Rose began her career in art 40 years ago when she was selected from her grammar school to illustrate each holiday on the blackboard.  She studied art in high school and spent summers studying at the Boston Museum of Fine Art.  She has been a member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and the Cape Cod Art Association.  Since moving to Florida almost ten years ago, she has become a member of the Citrus Watercolor Club and the Florida Artists Gallery.  Rose has taught adult classes in oils and watercolor for many years.  Her winning submission is entitled “You Ruffle My Feathers,” a watercolor of two parrots on Yupo synthetic paper.
Kreider began painting as a commercial artist in the 1950s, did illustration for the Tallahassee Democrat in the 1970s, then moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to form here own company to create and print greeting cards.  In addition to her proficiency in watercolor, she works in oils and acrylics and has been selected for juries shows in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  She returned to Florida eight years ago.  Her winning selection for the Florida Watercolor Society on-line show is “Pink Lemonade,” a collage composed of hand-painted paper.
Applicants to the show were required to digitally submit up to three previously un-shown works.  Rose and Kreider each submitted only one.  To learn more about the Florida Watercolor Society, go to http://floridawatercolor.org.
Work by Rose and Kreider may be seen at the Florida Artists Gallery and Café, located in the historic Knight House at 8219 Orange Avenue in Floral City.  For special events, hours, and more information, go to www.flartistsgallery.com or find it on Facebook. 

Florida Artists Gallery unveils Deer Dancer sculpture

The Florida Artists Gallery has installed a new outdoor sculpture entitled “Deer Dancer,” a, life-size, welded metal sculpture depicting the legendary deer dance as performed by members of the Yaqui Tribe of Sonora, Mexico.
The deer dance is an elegant performance that symbolizes the struggle between good and evil by depicting a confrontation between a sacred deer and aggressive coyotes or hunters.  The dance is known for its graceful moves, elegant jumps, and proud body movements of a dancer in a deer head mask with antlers.  Meticulously welded from sheet metal, “Deer Dancer” captures the drama and symbolism of this age-old mythological performance.

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