The Sunshine State is known for its spectacular beaches, diverse ecology, vast everglades, marshes, and so much more. And many of these attractions are among the subjects found within an upcoming exhibition in Sarasota.
Showcasing — among others — Joseph McGurl, C. Ford Riley, Tripp Harrison, Dominic Avant, Henry Von Genk III, Hodges Soileau, Mary Erickson, Armand Cabrera, and Daniel Ambrose, “A Land Remembered” is an impressive group exhibition opening tomorrow, December 4, at Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota, Florida. Featuring a distinctive display of individual styles, the show will offer viewers a journey to discover the Sunshine State’s most memorable people, places, and things. Celebrating the diverse ecology of the state, several works feature the majestic cranes, herons, and egrets that fill the skies. Others detail the beauty of the land, including sunset beaches, marshes, the everglades, and more.

Tripp Harrison, “Hidden Cove,” oil, (c) Palm Avenue Fine Art 2015

“The Blue Heron” by C. Ford Riley is an outstanding highlight of the exhibition. Although dwarfed by its surroundings, the heron — found at the bottom left corner of the piece — commands attention as his brilliant flash of blue provides a focal point among the plethora of greens, reds, browns, and grays used to compose the marsh. Despite the focus on the feathery subject, the landscape is masterful as well, rendered with acute details and keen observational skill. Tripp Harrison’s “Hidden Cove” oozes warmth and desirability during these cold months through his rendering of a tropical cove. Among a dense forest of palm trees, the viewer finds a vacant property with a cottage and two shacks. Anchored in the cove is a sailboat, seeming to gently bob in the calm waters. Particularly noteworthy is how Harrison has captured the water’s sparkle — one truly gets the impression of the water’s movement and clarity.
“A Land Remembered” will open on December 4 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through December 18.
To learn more, visit Palm Avenue Fine Art.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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