30-YEAR-OLD MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
FINDS SUCCESS BY FOLLOWING HER PASSION
FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Acrylic painter and mixed media artist Kari Powell will be the featured artist at Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach for the month of November. Her high-energy, dramatic use of acrylic paint, sea glass, and sand on wood panels has brought her great success in Southern California and she is ready to introduce her artwork to East Coast art lovers. Her art show “Synergy of Rhythm and Balance” will run through November 30, and her art opening reception will be Friday, November 6, from 6 to 9 pm, at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., across from the Flagler Pier.
At just 17, Kari bought a one-way airline ticket to San Diego to follow her dream to become a professional artist. Choosing San Diego proved to be the right choice because in just 13 years she has established herself as a first-rate artist achieving artistic recognition and sales success at several galleries along the coast. On a visit to Palm Coast to visit her grandparents earlier this year, Kari learned of Ocean Art Gallery and reached out to owner Frank Gromling, who immediately saw the potential in Kari and her artwork. Gromling said, “I was fascinated with Kari’s ability to create flowing images that represent the ocean’s dynamic state, all the while allowing the viewer to add one’s own meaning and emotion to her work.”
During a second brief visit to Flagler County in September, Gromling convinced Kari to give a presentation at his gallery that described how she decided to go to California, her passion for art, and what lies ahead. Titled “California Dreaming,” her talk revealed very personal emotions behind her search for success. Through both color pictures and a live demonstration of her painting technique, she was able to capture her audience’s attention while completing a new painting before their eyes.
The artist will welcome guests from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, November 6th and will demonstrate her painting technique. Guests will enjoy refreshments and live music. As always, art events at Ocean Art Gallery are free.
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.