Arts & Music
Renowned watercolorists stage exhibit
The 41st annual exhibition of the prestigious Florida Watercolor Society is in Orlando this year at the Mennello Museum of Art through Nov. 25. Watercolor enthusiasts from Tampa will want to go and see the variety and breadth of the works in the show. From more than 600 entries by nearly 400 artists, renowned watercolorist Nicholas Simmons selected the 100 works in the show. Twenty are from area artists, including Carol Foster, Atlee Harmon, Elizabeth Hartman, Taylor Ikin, Dean Mitchell, Donna Morrison and Debbie Cason Rankin of Tampa; Sue Allen of Lithia; Neil Adamson, Terry Denson, Jean Grastorf and Mary Alice Harley of St. Petersburg; Vickey Imes of St. Petersburg Beach; Lee Albion of Palm Harbor; Barbara Hodge of Dunedin; Carol Frye and Linda McAllister of Lakeland; Susan Hess of Madeira Beach; Karen Heidler of Spring Hill; and Pat Weaver of Dade City. Mitchell won the Guy Beattie award for his painting, "Jammin' on Royal St." According to Florida Watercolor Society President Kathy Durdin, the Guy Beattie award is the second highest award in the competition. It is funded by signature and pathfinder members of the society; this year's money award was $1,500. Come and meet many of the artists and enjoy seeing high quality art at a free opening reception for the show from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.The Mennello Museum is at 900 East Princeton Street in Orlando. For general information, contact Durdin at [email protected] or (813) 220-5800. Go to www.floridawatercolorsociety.org for information about the organization. The Kotler Art Gallery presents two exhibits through the month of September. The "Peacekeeping Exhibit" features photographs by Sgt Walter Jawors and international flags he collected during his tours. The exhibit was created as a way to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of our military heroes as well as to promote peace. Also at the Kotler Gallery is an exhibit presented by the University of South Florida's Graphicstudio. Limited edition lithography from woodcuts, five-color photogravure and etchings compose this exhibit, on loan from the Hillsborough County's public art program. The works in the exhibit were created by leading contemporary artists Hernan Bas, Mark Dion, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Alex Katz and William Wegman. The Kotler Art Gallery is on the second floor of the east building of the John F. Germany Library at 900 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. It is open during regular library hours and admission is free. Tempus Projects opens its fall season with the reincarnation of a favorite group exhibition, [REDUCED5]. The multimedia works were juried into the show by Kurt Piazza, who first curated the REDUCED exhibit in 2005. Meet the artists and see their works at a free opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Tempus Projects, 5132 N. Florida Ave. in South Seminole Heights. Call (813) 340-9056 for information.
Special correspondent Esther Hammer can be reached at [email protected]