GardensArt

Founded in 1989, the GardensArt program is a unique program that exhibits the work of locally and nationally recognized professional artists and photographers. It was established to increase the opportunities for cultural exchange between artists and the community.

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The rotating exhibits are loaned to the City for approximately 2 to 3 months and provide contact with a broad spectrum of high quality artwork through varied techniques and mediums. GardensArt has earned and maintained an exceptional reputation among professional artists and the community as a whole. The program may offer workshops, artist demonstrations, musical performances and community partnerships in order to make the program more interactive. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibitions and dates are subject to change.

CALL TO ARTISTS:

Seeking artists for rotating exhibitions at City Hall Lobby, Burns Road Community Center, Sandhill Crane Golf Clubhouse, and Tennis & Pickleball Center.

Visit our Call to Artists page, call 561-630-1116 or email astepper@pbgfl.com for details.

EXHIBITION:

Location:
Tennis & Pickleball Clubhouse

Dates:
December 29 - March 30, 2021

Artist:
Amber M. Moran
"Window of Color"                               Thinking Outside the Box                   Watercolor & Ink

"I gain inspiration every day from sights and sound, including our Florida beaches, canals and nearby fishing villages.  My goal as a fine artist is to draw you in as the viewer, into my art. I want to help the viewer focus in on a particular section of my artwork while seeing the whole picture. I achieve this by creating a focus that casts a “window” of color on a section of the painting with watercolor paints. I then extend my work out onto the mat with black watercolor paint and ink. I like to think of this as “thinking outside the box." - Amber M. Moran

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EXHIBITION:

Location:
Tennis & Pickleball Clubhouse

Dates:
March 31 - June 7, 2021

Artist:
Carol-Ann Salley
"Lost in the Moment,                               A Collection of Nature's Most Beautiful Scenes"                                          Acrylic on Canvas

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EXHIBITION:

Location:
Tennis & Pickleball Clubhouse

Dates:
June 9 - August 30, 2021

Artist:
Rochelle Irons Clark
"Sinking to New Depths"                 Mixed Media Paintings

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EXHIBITION:

Location:
City Hall Lobby

Dates:
January 25 - March 4, 2021

Artist:
The Highwaymen
"On the Road Again"                      Original Florida Landscapes          Generously loaned by art collector,    Roger Lightle

“Florida Highwaymen" is the collective name given to a small group of African American painters from Ft. Pierce, Florida, who began painting Florida landscapes in the late 1950s.  Under the tutelage of local landscape artist, A. E. "Beanie" Backus, these young artists developed their own individual techniques, creating unique depictions of Florida's sunsets, waterscapes, marshes and inlets with raw beauty and charm.

Through the leadership and creativity of Alfred Hair, the group's original member, the artists shunned traditional methods and painted quick, brisk images of Florida's tropical beauty in bright colors, often painting on wood or masonite. They produced an estimated 200,000 paintings and sold their creations from the trunks of their cars along Florida's east coast for as little as $20 each.

In the 1970's and '80's, the group fell on hard times as consumer tastes changed. But in the 90's, an interest in "outsider art" (art created by artists who aren't traditionally trained or who are outside mainstream society) developed in the art world.  In 1995, a Sebring gallery owner and art collector, Jim Fitch, wrote an article for an arts journal in which he described the Fort Pierce-based artists as the "Florida Highwaymen," for their tactics of traveling highways I-95 and A1A to sell their artwork from the trunks of their cars.  Fitch's article was soon followed by an article in The New York Times which lauded the newly discovered Florida Highwaymen.  Demand for the group's work soared.

Today, Florida Highwaymen paintings are widely sought by collectors all over the world. A group of the original Highwaymen are still active artists painting and selling their work.

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EXHIBITION:

Location:
City Hall Lobby

Dates:
March 8 - April 15, 2021

Artist:
Hugh O'Neill
"The Traveled Mind"                             Oil Paintings

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EXHIBITION:

Location:
Sandhill Crane Golf Clubhouse

Dates:
January 5 - March 23, 2021

Artist:
Carol Calicchio
"Summer Waters and Flowers"
Acrylic & Oil Paintings on Canvas