Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher
February 2-May 26, 2019
These monumental photographs celebrate the beauty of the American Everglades. Their scale, extraordinary clarity and tonal range set them apart as exceptional works of art, earning him recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in America today. These powerful black and white images are portraits of the eternal bond between man and nature that is the soul of the Everglades. From the deepest cypress strands of the sawgrass prairies, coastal waters and languid estuaries, to pinpoint still-lifes of rare species, Butcher reveals its ecosystems in magnificent detail. He makes an unquestionable case for why we should care about its future.
Drawings by Vicki Jones
February 9-July 7, 2019
Vicki M. Jones is a native of Central Florida and has been exhibiting her pencil drawings since 1987. Her realistic and sometimes surreal works vary in subject matter, including landscape, portraiture (of people and of trees), still life and architecture. Other media exhibited include pastel and colored pencil drawings. Of her work, Jones says, “In my pencil drawings I like to show, just by focusing intently on a subject, that the very ordinary things (or people) we encounter daily can hold surprising beauty, wonder or mystery.”
Jones’ work is in numerous private collections, and those of the Maitland Art Center; The Museum of Arts and Sciences (Daytona Beach); County of Osceola, Florida; Osceola Center of the Arts; City of Orlando; City of Apopka; Valencia Community College; and Walt Disney World Company.
Do Not Bleach: Stephanie Brown
June 8-October 20, 2019
Through a series of mixed media installations, Do Not Bleach expresses and encourages melanin love, whether one is dark-skinned, light-skinned, or somewhere in between. The show will also feature a selfie interactive where visitors are encouraged to try on one of her signature “Do Not Bleach” t-shirts and take a photo. Shirts will be available for purchase in the Appleton Store and are part of Brown’s public art campaign that allows people to advocate for their melanin.
Brown is a Jamaican descendant born and raised in south Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and has recently completed her master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts and museum studies certificate from the University of Michigan.
June 8-October 20, 2019
Using thread and sun-baked cloth, “the density of contemporary city living,” provides the inspiration for Kerry-Harlan’s Urban Chatter series. The figures and faces seem to meld contemporary cartooning, abstraction, African sculptures and ritual masks among mid-century urban music references. Born in Miami, the artist splits her time between Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and Hollywood, Florida. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University and studied art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
Across the Atlantic:
American Impressionism Through the French Lens
November 2, 2019-January 5, 2020
Drawn mostly from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, this exhibition explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed.
More than 65 paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting which developed at the end of the 19th century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life, including both urban and rural settings.
Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
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