FLAGLER BEACH, FL – The weekend of December 5th through 7thwill showcase the art of two very different artists at Ocean Art Gallery, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach. The gallery’s featured artists for the month of December are Nancy Blauers and Tom Ackley. The dual opening receptions will be Friday, 12/5 from 6 – 9 pm and Saturday, 12/6 from 1 – 4 pm & 6 – 9 pm to allow everyone an opportunity to meet with the artists.
Nancy Blauers, from Geneva, Florida, is an internationally renowned artist perhaps best known for her work as the senior artist with Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville.” Her show "New Dimensions - the Sculpted Art of Bas Relief," will feature her engaging bas relief creations and several other selections from her colorful portfolio.
A native of the Connecticut shore, Nancy has a longtime love for the maritime coast. She grew up sailing on Long Island Sound. The wind, the waves and her fascination for wildlife serve as inspiration for her art. Her parents were greatly supportive of her artistic skills, which were discovered at a young age, and she was formally trained at the Frank Covino Academy of Art in Fairfield, Connecticut, and the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City, earning her BFA in illustration in 1986.
Nancy is skilled in many different mediums. She often paints with oils and also has a very strong background in sculpting in wood and resins. Her bas relief sculptures have been displayed at numerous wildlife shows and galleries, including The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wasau, Wisconsin, with The Society of Animal Artists, and the Society of Illustrators in NYC.
In 2007, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission selected her design for the new "Save the Manatee" license plate for the state of Florida.
She is the Senior Artist with Margaritaville Merchandising, where she greatly enjoys creating designs depicting "the Margaritaville lifestyle" for products such as dimensional sculptures, ceramic goods and clothing for the Margaritaville stores.
Tom Ackley, who resides in Port Orange, will present his work in a show entitled "Painting with Fire - the Unique Woodburning of Artist Tom Ackley." He came to Florida in 2003 from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and quickly developed a love for fishing and surfing, which became the subjects for much of his artwork.
Ackley’s formal art training was acquired through the Art Quest School of Art and Design, which was taught by nationally renowned artist Gregory Graham Grant. Throughout his training, Ackley tried many different mediums, and in his experimenting came up with a new mixed-media style of art.
Ackley’s artwork has been described as art that captures the brilliance and soul of his natural subjects. His pieces are created using many mediums, including acrylic paint, Japanese Sumie ink, and woodburning. Using wood as a canvas, he burns the images into the piece and adds a loose Sumie brush style with wood stain as the shading. The piece is then topped off with a burst of color using acrylic paint for texture.
He has had three different Signature Gallery locations in Central Florida over the past five years and has done design work for marine life artist Dr. Guy Harvey.
Ocean Art Gallery is a participating gallery in the Holiday Flagler Art & Wine Shuttle on Sunday, December 7th. The art of Blauers and Ackley, along with that of 24 other local, national and international artists, will be on display. The gallery is the home of the original acrylic painting “See Lion,” the focal point of a raffle to benefit the United Way’s Women’s Initiative Flagler.
Raffle tickets are available at the gallery now through 5:00 pm on December 7th for $5 each or three tickets for $10. The drawing will be conducted at Ocean Art Gallery at 5:30 pm, with the donating artist Fred Haase pulling the lucky winning ticket.
Ocean Art Gallery will maintain the Blauers and Ackley Art Shows through December. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 12 noon – 6 pm. Appointments for Monday may be obtained at 386-693-4882.