Friday’s Artwalk offers springtime-inspired works

The Sweetwater Picture Framing & Gallery in the Sun Center will feature the exhibition, “Florida’s Water and Wildlife,” on Friday with paintings by Annie Pais including “Ginnie Springs” and works by nature photographer John Moran. (Courtesy photo)

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.

Along with new exhibitions at the Thomas Center, ‘The Doris’ and at Mass Visual Arts’ Wooly space, Friday’s downtown Artwalk offers a kaleidoscopic parade of eye-catching art worthy of the colors of spring.



What: Monthly self-guided tour of downtown art galleries and venues
When: 7-10 p.m. Friday
Where: Downtown Gainesville maps and information available at Artwalk headquarters, the Lunchbox, 104 SE First Ave. For details on participating venues, see Calendar listings for Art and Alternative Art on pages 12 and 13
Admission: free
Info: www.artwalk

“As we’re coordinating with Primavera, there are so many things going on at this time of year,” says Nancy Hyer, coordinator of Artwalk Gainesville. “It has do with the springtime and everything sprouting new flowers and leaves. It inspires the artists to create works for this time of year.”

Along with the aforementioned exhibits, the 19 venues rolling out figurative carpets of color on Friday include the Sun Center’s new Sweetwater Picture Framing & Gallery (formerly Harold’s, 101 SE Second Place), which is participating in Artwalk for the first time.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “Florida’s Water and Wildlife,” features paintings by Annie Pais and photographs by John Moran that tie into the Primavera 2013 theme of “Florida’s Springs and the Fountain of Youth,” Pais says.

“The ‘Florida Water and Wildlife’ theme is part of the bigger water awareness and springs-protection message echoed in several galleries and museums across Gainesville during this Primavera cultural season,” Pais says about the exhibit.

Other exhibitions celebrated with receptions Friday include “Sue Jester: Domicile,” featuring photographs capturing light patterns and shadows at the Sweetwater Print Cooperative, 117 S. Main St.; photography from infrared works and exotic landscapes to “outtakes” by Hugo Cruz, Jesse Summers and Philip Marcel respectively at Havana’s Downtown Art Collective, 121 SE First St.; and fantasy art by Justine Mara Andersen at The Sequential Artists Workshop, 18 SE Fifth Ave. (behind the Civic Media Center).

There’s also “Sublime Immersion,” with Varian Wolf’s underwater photography at 4Most Gallery, 534 SW Fourth Ave.; and a wide-ranging field of UF student artworks addressing the theme of “Mass Produced: Addressing Bias in the Media” at the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, 1504 W. University Ave.

Plenty of live art demonstrations and live music will be on hand Friday as well including artist Kevin Dyson and music by Talking Stick at Artwalk headquarters, the Lunchbox, 104 SE First Ave.; and the group Middlebox performing in front of Starbucks, 201 SE First St.

Also The Repurpose Project, 519 S. Main St., will let visitors themselves get creative at community art tables while Blue Oven Kitchens, 1323 S. Main St., hosts another evening of making and eating your own strawberry shortcakes. Citizens Co-op, 435 S. Main St., meanwhile, offers music, art and vendors in the courtyard with food alone ranging from brick-oven pizzas to mouthwatering barbecue.

For details on these and other Artwalk events on Friday, see individual Calendar listings under Art and Alternative Art on pages 12 and 13. Visitors can also pick up maps onsite at Artwalk headquarters, the Lunchbox, and check out the event in advance at

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