Fla. Museum summer exhibition highlights 18 local artists

May 24th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will display an exhibit showcasing artwork by 18 artists titled “Natural Curiosity: Artists Explore Florida” from June 18 – Sept. 11. The artists’ works are focused studies of the natural world and their interpretations are as varied as Florida’s environment. Included in the exhibition, which is free and open to the public, are sketches and studies as well as finished works.

“This show will combine the rich community resource of local artistic talent with natural beauty to illustrate the artists’ unique perspectives on natural history,” said Florida Museum Assistant Director for Exhibits and Public Programs Susan Pharr.

Guests will see underwater paintings of Florida springs by Margaret Ross Tolbert, which are used as a basis for her dramatic canvas paintings. Also included is work by Peter Carolin, who explores Florida springs and uses sporadic swirls and dashes of paint to portray natural reflections, transparencies and refractions. Heidi Edwards will display canvasses illustrating light that dissolves the boundaries between water, earth and sky in Florida’s wetlands. Linda Blondheim’s paintings will reveal the breezy coasts of St. Augustine. Drawings of plant forms, sculptures in fused glass and structures made from natural materials found in the woods along the Santa Fe River also will be displayed.

“This show will provide guests with a variety of artists, natural subjects and interpretive artistic approaches,” said Stacey Breheny, the guest curator of the exhibit and a featured artist. “It is a great show that will give the public a glimpse of artists they normally would not see.”

The exhibit also features paintings by Eleanor Blair, Jason Bourque, Jerry Cutler, Susan Dauphinee, Dale Johnson, Mary Jane Volkmann and Hope White. Jewelry by Lori Brewer, sculptures by Nitin Jayaswal and Patience Mason, mixed media by Robert Malinowski and Joanne Platte and block prints by Leslie Pebbles also will be displayed. The exhibit complements the mission of the Florida Museum, which is dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage.

Local support for the exhibit is provided in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Media Contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Kristin Ede