Monday, December 12, 2011
"Conscious Evolution, Green #1" is acrylic on canvas and measures 24" X 24". This painting is available at Gallery On First, 311 E. 1st St., Sanford, Florida.
"OK, so I stole part of the title from a song by my favorite band, Donna The Buffalo. The fact is that all non representational abstraction, at least for me is an evolution. The process is such that as you work on a painting it leads you though a series of changes. I have to make conscious decisions about where to go next, where or what not to do and most important when to stop and call it done. It really is a Conscious Evoution."
Friday, December 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
HistoryThe idea of a quiet place where artists could go to focus on their art and work with internationally renowned "masters" in a tranquil, natural environment blossomed in 1977 in the mind of Doris Leeper, a painter, sculptor and active environmentalist. A forthright, determined, passionate woman, Leeper soon persuaded friends and community members to join in her vision. In 1979, she convinced The Rockefeller Foundation to provide a challenge grant that soon was matched. This $25,000 in seed money unofficially birthed Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Soon after, when a prime piece of property became available on the shores of Turnbull Bay, a tidal estuary west of town, Leeper raised the $50,000 necessary to buy the 10-acre plot. Three years later, five main buildings were completed. Over the years, five more buildings were constructed and an additional 59 acres were purchased. In 1997, the Leeper Studio Complex was completed. Comprised of six buildings connected to existing structures by raised wooden walkways, it includes a library and studios for painting, sculpture, dance, music/recording, and theater. In addition to increasing artists' workspace to 12,000 sq. ft., the buildings provide additional presentation space for public programs and increased opportunities for partnerships. The entire facility is handicap-accessible.
The residency program brings together internationally-acclaimed master artists from different disciplines with talented artists who are selected by the masters. The artists attend a three-week residency session that includes master classes, individual critiques, opportunities for collaboration, and private studio time. Atlantic Center for the Arts officially opened in 1982 for the first residency with author James Dickey, sculptor Duane Hanson and composer David Del Tredici (photo pictured above). Since then, over 121 interdisciplinary residencies have take place, featuring 360 Master Artists and over 2,350 Associate Artists, 30% from Florida. Atlantic Center is often the starting point for new works which go on to be produced at national performance centers such as the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Walker Art Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Only after firmly establishing an exceptional artists' residency with extensive outreach programs did Atlantic Center for the Arts broaden its mission to promote arts education to the local community by providing exhibition opportunities for outstanding Florida artists and educational programs for children and adults. In 1991, Atlantic Center at Harris House opened and the community arts program had its beginning. Located in the heart of a revitalized downtown, an historic home was converted to a cultural community center that, since its inception, has assumed a leadership role in providing arts education programs for children and cultural enrichment for adults.
The vision of founder Doris Leeper lives on today as Atlantic Center continues to nurture the artists of tomorrow who are working today to create what will become our cultural heritage.
"If you had a world with no music, no dance, no visual arts - I don't even want to try and think about how horrible that would be."
Doris Leeper, founder
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Further evidence the arts are alive and well in Sanford, Florida.
Cherie Dacko, a fixture in the Sanford Art scene opened her "Pop Up" Gallery for two days in time for the beginning of the holiday shopping season.
I photographed her walking out of the gallery on Friday evening during the Sanford Art Walk.
The space looks exceptional. It's too bad that it's not open all the time. Congratulations Cherie! I hope it was a fruitful couple of days.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
I am having a lot of fun with my new plasma cutter and welder. Although I have done a lot of sculpture in the past, the steel work was fabricated from my designs. Most of my work was in concrete, wood, found objects or fiberglass.
My welding skills have a long way to go, but I'm already beginning to get comfortable with it.
I am doing a series of garden sculptures as well as table top and free standing pieces for indoors.
The garden pieces are modern, free form and organic.
What a blast!
Monday, October 24, 2011
I was up early this morning and after a couple of cups of coffee I thought I would venture down to the marina to see the sun rise and take some photographs. As luck would have it, it was the first real foggy morning since we arrived. Not much of a sunrise so I decided to work with what I had. Here are a couple of shots from this morning in Sanford, Fla. These shots were not going to work on their own so I manipulated them and this what I came up with. Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I haven't titled this piece yet. In fact I'm uncertain if it is finished. I am going to live with it as is for a while. Response has been favorable by those who have seen it, so we'll see. Knowing when to stop is often the hardest part.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
After a crazy whirl wind summer, packing, moving and unpacking (still not done unpacking), we have settled into our new working studio and gallery space at Gallery On First in Sanford.
We are enjoying the incredible Florida weather and our new city. Sanford is a diverse, culturally rich, historic small city on the shores of Lake Monroe in Central Florida.
We are enjoying meeting the folks here and everyone has welcomed us with their warm southern hospitality. Many of the talented local artists have stopped by to say hello and wish us well.
We are very happy to be here and look forward to making art in our new studio space!
Stay tuned more to follow. Lots more!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I have seen a resurgence in interest in my figurative work recently. This is piece sold yesterday and is the third from this series that has sold this month. This is a mixed media collage that I did in the mid 90's. The piece measures 17" X 22" framed.
The collector who bought this collage also has several other pieces of mine and purchased two photographs from my Nova Scotia collection and an abstract piece.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Ok folks, I know it seems like we did this before. This time the buildings are SOLD and we must be out by the end of August. We cannot accept any new framing orders. If you have work here you need to come in and claim it or it will be too late. Also anything not going to Florida will be sold at yard sale prices.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
A small concrete garden sculpture at Dragonwood. This is a piece I was playing around with several years ago and never really considered finished, but in cleaning out the studio I took it and placed it in one of our gardens in the woods. I kind of like it just the way it is. Haven't named/titled it yet. I'll come up with something. The piece stands at a little over 2 feet.
Monday, June 13, 2011
I had the distinct pleasure of seeing my favorite band perform yesterday at the inner harbor in Syracuse for the "Big Splash". The event was in support of the Finger Lakes Clean Waters Initiative. Donna rocked as always!!!!
Friday, June 10, 2011
This mixed media abstraction measures 12.25" X 18.5" (image) and 20.25" X 26.5" framed.
This was a painting that I did last fall before we left for Florida. I actually forgot about it until we returned. I like the colors and it seems a continuation of my series of yellow paintings over the last year.
*Click on image to enlarge.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
We are back from our first winter in Florida. We absolutely fell in love with our new city, Sanford.
Sanford is a small city 20 miles northeast of Orlando and about 30 miles from the Canaveral National Seashore and the Atlantic Ocean. Sanford has a diverse population of 60,000 people. The city has a funky vibe and is home to artists, musicians and latter day hippies. Sanford sits on the shores of Lake Monroe and boasts a beautiful Marina and the recently completed "River Walk". Downtown and the historic district are famous for brick paved streets lined with Live Oaks with Spanish Moss and historical architecture.
Many local eateries, bistros and bars, many with out door seating compliment the art galleries, antique shops and boutiques in the down town area.
Each month the city closes down about five city blocks on the second Thursday of the month and puts on a mini "Mardi Gras" type street party known as "Alive After 5". Every month it has a theme that is appropriate to the time of year. Several thousand folks attend to hear live music and sample food and beverages from local establishments.
The photos here are from this past April. The theme in April was "Shrimp Shindig".