Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fabulous Florida Art Show - at Ocean Art Gallery



FLAGLER BEACH, FL – On Saturday, April 7, Ocean Art Gallery will hold an art opening reception for thirteen of Florida’s award-winning plein air and studio artists who will showcase their unique art styles in an exhibit titled “Fabulous Florida.” The 5 – 8pm reception will be preceded by six artist presentations from 1 – 3pm.
While the artists have been together at various plein air paint outs throughout the state, they have never assembled together in a gallery and especially never in Flagler County. The idea for this unique show evolved from a conversation that artist Tom Sadler and gallery owner Frank Gromling had a few months back when Sadler and his artist wife Sally Evans were changing out some of their art at Gromling’s gallery in Flagler Beach. Sadler suggested that several of his artist friends were thinking of getting together to visit a select few galleries across the state. Gromling saw an opportunity to bring the artists to Flagler County and asked Sadler to talk with the others right away.
All 13 artists are recognized for their award-winning artwork in oil, acrylic and pastel, with each of them garnering sales in major art events, such as Wekiva, Forgotten Coast, Paradise, Polasek Museum, and New Smyrna Beach. Plein air painting, or painting outdoors, has a long history extending from the late 18thand early 19th centuries with a variety of artists in Europe, Russia, and eventually America. Perhaps best known by the public are the impressionist and post-impressionist painters Monet, Corot, Van Gogh, Pissaro, Sargent, and Cezanne.
The artists in this exhibit, which will end with a Closing Party on May 4 from 6 – 8pm, will be Trish Beckham, John Caggiano, Kathleen Chenet, Priscilla Coote, Charles Dickinson, Rebecca Eagan, Cynthia Edmonds, Sally Evans, Martha Lent, Peter Pettegrew, Morgan Samuel Price, Gary Rupp and Tom Sadler.Each artist will have up to three pieces of art in the exhibit. Their different mediums, styles, and subjects will showcase their talents in one of the most attractive displays of plein air and studio art ever assembled in Flagler County. It is an excellent opportunity for collectors to add to their art holdings by visiting one gallery rather than travelling to several locations around the state.

Saturday afternoon from 1 to 3 pm Tom Sadler, Sally Evans, Charles Dickinson, Gary Rupp, Martha Lent and Trish Beckham will talk about their art and careers. Seating is limited to 30; reservations (386.693.4882) are suggested.

The Saturday evening reception and afternoon presentations are free and open to the public. Ocean Art Gallery is at 206 Moody Blvd. (SR 100) in Flagler Beach, and free parking is available behind the building. For information, call 386.693.4882.

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