Florida Museum showcases two new prints by Gainesville artist Jim Harrison

October 20th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History has added two new vintage-style prints by local artist Jim Harrison to its popular art exhibit “A Taste of Nature,” on display through Dec. 7.

The prints feature the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Florida Museum, and are part of Harrison’s iconic “Gainesville Fruit Co.” series that presents North Central Florida landmarks.

“I chose to feature the Florida Museum of Natural History because I wanted to create a design emphasizing nature and our community,” Harrison said. “Since the museum embodies the crossroads of nature and community in Gainesville, it was a natural fit for this theme.”

The Florida Museum print features a detailed tree landscape with the title “The Nature of Our Community” and the museum’s name. The second print spotlights the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the statewide agency for prevention and alleviation of domestic violence, using a sunlight and beach theme as a metaphor for shining a light on a difficult and often misunderstood issue.

Both prints were commissioned by local company StorterChilds to showcase its new digital offset printing capabilities. Offset printing uses plastic or rubber plates mounted on multiple rollers to print finely detailed text and pictures such as those in Harrison’s illustrations. Digital presses use computers to print materials with varying data in the same run and with superior quality to traditional offset printing.

Harrison’s museum and domestic violence illustrations, the first products of StorterChilds’ digital equipment, were unveiled at a company open house in September. The Florida Museum is the first public space in Gainesville to exhibit the images, and the museum print is available for purchase in the gift shop.

Specializing in corporate communications and brand identities, Harrison has created logos, posters, web sites, annual reports and other communication items for a wide variety of clients.

The exhibit is free to all Florida Museum visitors. For more information on “A Taste of Nature,” visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

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Writer: Kelly Donovan
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu