Wednesday, March 22, 2017




FLAGLER BEACH, FLOcean Art Gallery is proud to announce that Tom Sadler and Sally Evans, husband and wife, are the featured artists for the month of April at the downtown Flagler Beach contemporary art gallery. The couple will be the guests of honor at their art opening reception for “Coastal Dreaming” from 6 – 8 pm on Friday, April 7 and will share their respective artistic styles in a presentation at 5:30 pm on April 14.

Sadler moved to Orlando in 1983 and dedicated his art to capturing the light, color, and mood of Central Florida landscapes, which he found to be a never-ending source of inspiration. The intense light, combined with the natural beauty of the lakes, rivers, and parks are captured in his landscape paintings. 

He received his BFA at Auburn University and continued his art education by studying oil painting with Jack Dempsey at the Huntsville campus of the University of Alabama, followed by study at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since then, he has studied the work of a variety of major artists, all of whom had different influences on his work. Sadler feels a pressing desire and necessity to paint each day and believes that, even after his current success as a top Florida landscape painter, the door to greater achievement is just opening for him, revealing all that is possible for him through his artwork.

With BFA in hand from the University of South Carolina, Sally Evans began her art career as a graphic artist. She soon realized she wanted to push herself more artistically. That epiphany caused her to reassess her future, and a vacation in the deserts of the Southwestern United States changed everything when she was introduced to artists from the area whose dramatic use of color stirred her soul. Evans felt her lifetime goal was to become a fulltime painter, a dream she has followed ever since. Though she started with watercolors, she now enjoys pastels, acrylics and mixed media, with expressive use of color and bold designs being the hallmarks of her style.

Evans’ subject matter ranges from the beaches of Florida to the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona. She finds the palette of the deserts a refreshing change from her native South. In addition to her landscapes, Evans loves animals and creates whimsical works inspired by dogs, cats, horses and any other creatures that catch her fancy.

Her paintings have been exhibited in international juried shows, galleries and museums throughout the United States and her work is collected by individuals and corporations, including Tampa Bay Magazine, US Airways Club, The St. Joe Company, Coca Cola Corporation, and Chili’s Corporation.

Everyone is invited to the April 7 Opening Reception, which will occur simultaneously with Flagler Beach’s First Friday event across Moody Blvd in Veterans Park. Admission and parking for the Reception is free, and the gallery’s parking lot is accessed from N. 2nd Street between N. Central and N. Daytona Avenues.

Entertainment for the reception will be provided  by Dr. Jim Hain, creator of and lead scientist for the Marineland Right Whale Project, who will give up his day job to present an eclectic musical program on alto and bass flutes.

Admission to the April 14 presentation by Sadler and Evans at 5:30 pm is also free. Seating is limited to 40; call 386-693-4882 to reserve space.

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