Ocean Art Gallery’s New Name and Look and Front and Center for Local Artist
FLAGLER BEACH, FL – With a name change, new paint and a sophisticated LED lighting system, Ocean Art Gallery will be the venue for acrylic artist Stewart Maxcy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 3-5, when he introduces “An Aquatic Adventure” art show.
Ocean Art Gallery, formerly Ocean Books and Art, changed its name to emphasize its focus on fine art. While books of its parent company Ocean Publishing will continue to be available in a small section of the gallery, the remainder of the 1200 square foot space has been dedicated to the display of top local, national and international selling artists.
Retiring after 37 years in the Flagler District School System, Stewart Maxcy turned to his lifelong love of art to fill his newly available hours. Long known for his colorful paintings of surfers, marine life, landscapes, and seascapes, Maxcy has prepared a large artistic collection for his opening reception, which will be the first time the gallery will present its new two-day opening event.
Wanting to offer three opportunities for people to talk with the artist and view his work, Maxcy will welcome guests from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, October 3rd, and then again from 1 to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, October 4th. The artist, who will finish a painting during the opening and describe his artistic approach, will also be available on Sunday by appointment to discuss a commission arrangement.
Maxcy’s career as an educator allowed him to interact with thousands of students and parents as an art teacher, elementary school principal, and district administrator. He is well known for his colorful paintings and murals, many of which highlight the nature of Flagler County and its active surfing community.
Ocean Art Gallery is located at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, across the street from the Flagler Beach Pier. Normal hours are 12 – 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday, and Monday by appointment. 386-693-4882.