We just returned from a rainy Saturday’s art exhibition and reception for a community art project. In Calling Englewood, new works based on previous sequential works were created, all stemming from an original photograph in one of four tracks. Artists were only able to see the rendered piece immediate to their own, and from that work derived a new interpretation.
Below is our collage contribution (right) Flora Fiesta (2015). The impressionist inspiration to the left was an acrylic painting with a palette we often see in Southwest Florida, muted blues and greens. We wanted to re-introduce collage in this sleepy, beach retirement community with bold primaries as a way of saying “wake up, we’re not dead yet!” The community should embrace a celebration of life, color and vibrancy. Calling Englewood is the first exhibition for the Englewood Art Center in 2017 and is being featured with Clyde Butcher’s esteemed and phenomenal large-scale black & white Everglades photography.
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