Celebrate art from Melrose to the university

Published: Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 10:35 p.m.
'Celebration Too," the second annual Melrose Community Invitational Art Exhibition and Celebration, is on view through February at the Melrose Bay Gallery. This exhibition showcases paintings, photography, weaving and sculpture by 19 Melrose- and Keystone Heights-area artists not currently represented by the gallery.
An opening reception and community mixer is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, located along State Road 26. Regular hours are 3-7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
n n n "The Art of Winter," a display of art by members of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association, opens Sunday with a noon reception at Trinity United Methodist Church. Trinity's Art Exhibit Hall is located in its Education Building, at 4000 NW 53rd Ave. The exhibition runs through March.
n n n Gallery 15, located in downtown Gainesville's Union Street Station, is featuring work by Joffre Swait through the end of the month. Swait specializes in fine art and landscape photography; his black and white and color prints depict images from around the globe.
Swait's photography is a labor of love. Originally trained as a civil engineer, Swait received his Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Analysis from MIT, and he currently conducts research on consumer behavior.
While his academic background is rooted in the sciences, Swait's talent in the art of photography shines in this exhibition. Gallery 15 is at 201 SE 2nd Ave.
n n n The Gainesville Artisans' Guild Gallery is featuring work by new members Harriet Huss, Victoria (Tori) Derr and Mary Batich this month.
Huss works in mixed-media watercolor, layering an acrylic wash, watercolor crayon, colored pencils and watercolors. Derr works in fiber and enjoys focusing on "playful animals and toys" - bunnies, caterpillars, frogs, penguins, giraffes and even a friendly rhinoceros. Batich works in watercolors.
The gallery is at NW 8th Avenue and Newberry Road in Greenery Square.
n n n Recent paintings of clouds, water and boats from around Florida are included in this month's exhibition of work by Thom Buttner at the Landscapes Art Studio in High Springs.
Many are done on location in the plein air tradition, but others are studio works. Strong compositions with a sensitivity to light and ethereal shapes define his impressionistic style.
Buttner graduated from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and has been painting professionally for more than 20 years. His paintings are in private and corporate collections across the country.
Landscapes Art Studio is at 25 NE 1st Ave. in High Springs.
n n n The Harn Museum of Art is packed with exhibits and events this month.
Current exhibitions include "Painting and Sculpture From The Harn Museum Collection," "Gods, Kings and Commoners: Indian Paintings from the Harn Museum Collection," "Asian Art: Culture and Context," "Sense, Style, Presence: African Arts of Personal Adornment," and the newest exhibit, "A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal."
  • An event for the whole family is planned for Saturday. "Arts of the City, Arts of the People" explores "A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal," an exhibit that earned the Harn a mention in last month's New York Times.
    Learn more about this exhibit's art and then create a "calligram" - or word picture. This Harn Family Day runs from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Tonight, Vasudha Narayanan will present a lecture titled "Re-creating Heaven on Earth: Hindu Temples in Cambodia, 9th-12th Centuries" at 6 p.m.
  • On Sunday, Jan. 23, University of Florida professor Robin Poynor will present a gallery talk on "Sense, Style, Presence: African Arts of Personal Adornment" at 3 p.m. Poynor will discuss Yoruba beadwork and other objects in the exhibition.
  • And on Tuesday, Jan. 25, Dennis Scholl presents "Cutting Edge Collecting in an Art World Gone Mad!" at 6 p.m.
    Scholl and his wife have been collecting contemporary art for 25 years and have amassed a renowned collection that has been profiled in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Artnews, Art in America and other periodicals. Scholl will discuss the art of collecting, strategies for beginning collectors, how artists break through and what's happening in today's contemporary art market.
    All events are free. Michelle Benatti Mallard can be reached at scene_gallery@cox.net.
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