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Mar 1 Sat
In the Moment Opening Reception @ Arts on Douglas
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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During the month of March, Arts on Douglas presents In the Moment, a solo exhibition featuring a collection of landscape paintings by St. Augustine artist, Hope Barton.

The exhibition will be on view from March 1, 2014 through March 29, 2014.

Both the exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Tue.- Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., or by appointment.

In the Moment offers a view of Florida’s landscape untarnished by tourism and urban sprawl. Barton’s paintings are inspired by the secret places that she has discovered while traveling Florida. “This body of work captures what I want to say about Florida. That is, the real Florida lies in remote areas. The beauty of Florida’s natural landscape cannot be passively viewed from a window while traveling on a turnpike or major roadway,” Barton explains.

Swamp_Grasses_largeBarton is a keen observer of the aesthetic effects produced by subtle changes in sunlight, tides, and seasons. In the Moment immerses viewers in a Florida landscape that is inhabited by dense marsh grasses, tidal rivers, and creeks in gem-tone colors of oranges, yellows, greens, purples, and browns. “The challenge and goal of this exhibition is to let viewers in on my secret places and hope they will retreat into my paintings to find a peace of mind,” Barton states.

Hope Barton received a bachelor degree in art education from Florida Southern College. She has been a professional printmaker and painter for over 25 years. She has participated in many juried art shows such as: Winter Park, Gasparilla, Festival of the Masters, Ann Arbor Street Art Festival, and Beaux Arts, Mt. Dora. From 1997 through 2001, Barton owned a fine art gallery in downtown Clermont, FL. Her work has been featured in many fine art galleries and permanent collections throughout Florida. Barton currently maintains a studio in St. Augustine, Florida.

Apr 5 Sat
“Marks of Memory” Opening Reception @ Arts on Douglas
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

donne bitnerFor the month of April, Arts on Douglas presents Marks of Memory, a solo exhibition featuring a collection of mixed media paintings and monotypes by Orlando artist, Donne Bitner. The exhibition will be on view from April 5, 2014 through April 26, 2014 with an opening reception. The opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The title of the exhibition, Marks of Memory, points to the central tenant of Donne Bitner’s artistic practice–the painting process. “When I paint I don’t have a preconceived idea or point of reference from which I work. I never know what the work will look like in the end. My process is one of discovery,” explains Bitner.

Known for her improvisational method of painting richly layered surfaces, Bitner’s work often incorporate acrylic paints, oil pastels, graphite, charcoal, and gesso. With her latest body of work, Bitner demonstrates an ardent drive to experiment with new techniques and media. The exhibition is comprised of ethereal landscape paintings on canvas as well as acrylic monotypes that she produced at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee.

Donne Bitner graduated with honors from Penn State University with a degree in Art. She studied at the Slade School at the University of London, and has been a successful full-time studio artist for 25 years. She has been the recipient of many grants and fellowship awards, such as the Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowship, Development Grant from the United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida individual Artist Enhancement Grant.

Her work is included in the collections of Huntsville Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum, Gulf Coast Center for the Arts, Vero Beach Center for the Arts, Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, Rollins College, State of Florida Capital Collection, Holmes Medical Center, Maitland Museum and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Currently, she teaches watercolor, monotypes, and experimental acrylics at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, and she maintains a studio at McCrae Art Studio.

 


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