Gainesville Fine Arts Association hosts anniversary celebration


This sculpture by Mark Armbrecht is among the works by 60 artists featured in the Gainesville Fine Arts Association’s 90th-anniversary celebration that opens Tuesday with a fundraising reception at the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center.

Courtesy of Mark Armbrecht
Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 4:25 p.m.

Nearly a century ago, three local women created the Gainesville Fine Arts Association to foster a close art community and showcase talented artists in the city.

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‘Art for All Seasons

What: Fundraising reception and exhibition celebrating the Gainesville Fine Arts Association’s 90th anniversary
When: Reception 6-9 p.m. Tuesday; exhibition continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday through Sept. 5
Where: Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center, 716 N. Main St.
Cost: Reception is $30 per person, $50 per couple, proceeds benefit the GFAA; continuing exhibition is free
Info: www.gainesvillefinearts.com

On Tuesday, the Gainesville Fine Arts Association celebrates 90 years of supporting the visual arts with a reception and fundraiser at the Doris Bardon Community Center from 6 to 9 p.m.

The reception kicks off “Art for All Seasons,” an exhibition by 60 North Central Florida artists that will continue through Sept. 5.

When the GFAA was founded in 1923, the women who started it hoped to bring artists closer together, educate the community about fine arts and showcase works by local artists.

“And 90 years later, that is still our vision,” said Roz Miller, public relations director for GFAA and chairworman of “Art for All Season.”

Miller was a former student of one of the founding members, Emmiline Buchholz, who taught her to see the world through artists’ eyes. The GFAA fosters this spirit through workshops and group exhibitions, and plans to use the proceeds of “Art for All Seasons” to continue doing so.

Tickets at the door for Tuesday’s reception are $30 per person, $50 per couple. All art displayed will be available for purchase during the reception and throughout the exhibition. The names of donors will be displayed in the program and on a plaque during the exhibition.

For Annie Pais, a Gainesville artist who paints North Florida wildlife and display her work at the exhibition, the Gainesville Fine Arts Association is the heart of the Gainesville art community, allowing artists who normally work alone in studios to come together.

“Bringing art together is also bringing artists together,” Pais said. “And we meet new people. And they find the fine arts as one of the first ways that they get involved in the community.”

Tuesday’s event will include wine and refreshments as well as live music from Gainesville pianist Mark Irchai. At the reception a judge will select winners who will be awarded ribbons and cash prizes.

“I’m just amazed at the quality of the work that’s being submitted for this exhibition,” Miller said. “It’s just superb.”

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