Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Ocean Art Gallery to Showcase Florida Plein Air Artist Charles Schaefer


Ocean Art Gallery to Showcase
Florida Plein Air Artist Charles Schaefer

PALM COAST, FL – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, business partners Ocean Art Gallery and Grand Living Realty will hold their first art reception at Grand Living’s Design Center on Colbert Lane on Thursday, February 8. Titled “The Florida I Love,” internationally renowned plein air oil painter Charles Schaefer will exhibit over 20 of his paintings which capture the beauty of local Florida life. The public is invited to meet Charles and view his artwork from 4 to 8 pm. Light refreshments, live music, and door prizes will add to the evening.

Ocean Art Gallery and Grand Living Realty partnered in October 2017 to expand the gallery’s brand throughout Flagler County and to introduce its clients to the multiple services of the prominent realtor. In what gallery owner Frank Gromling calls a “Win-Win for Everyone,” the partners created an art gallery function in the one-stop real estate design center on Colbert Lane by adding high quality paintings, photography, and sculpture of 14 local artists.

Recognized nationally and internationally, Schaefer has won numerous awards for artistic excellence and is one of the artists included in the book Far and Near Horizons: World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists. As a plein air artist, a movement begun by Claude Monet, Schaefer is an active member of several prominent art associations and plein air groups throughout America, and is a signature member of Plein Air Artists of Florida. He is a charter member and judge for Landscape Artists International.

For 14 years, Schaefer had the opportunity to influence and help educate the public in the plein air experience at the Epcot Center in Orlando. Sixteen artists were selected and invited to paint at Epcot for its "Art in the Garden" event during the annual International Flower & Garden Festival. The candidates were chosen from throughout the United States and it is an honor to be invited back year after year. Schaefer had the added distinction to be the Director of this event from 2013 to 2017. He also has been an Official United States Coast Guard Artist for over twenty years.

Schaefer’s artwork style of free spirit and vibrancy captures Florida’s diverse colors and ever-changing influences of sunlight, clouds, and storms. Long sought by collectors everywhere, Schaefer’s art hangs in multiple galleries, as well as personal and corporate collections worldwide. A wise person once said, "Do what you love, make it your passion." For Schaefer, this is the mantra by which he lives.

During the reception, Schaefer will meet with guests and explain his artistic technique. All art is available for acquisition during the reception. Grand Living Realty Design Center is at 2298 Colbert Lane, immediately across from the main entrance to Grand Haven community. Grand Living Realty Design Center is at 2298 Colbert Lane, directly across from the main gate entrance to Grand Haven community.

Parking is available in the Grand Living Realty parking lot, as well as in the parking lot across Colbert Lane from Grand Living Realty.  There is no need to go through the gate of Grand Haven; the overflow parking lot is outside of the gate, on the right side of the entry to Grand Haven prior to the gate. There is a sidewalk connecting the overflow parking area to Colbert Lane; then it is just a quick walk across the street to Grand Living Realty. 

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