Arts4All Florida coordinates art exhibitions across the state to highlight the work of adult artists with disabilities and youth with disabilities participating in our artist in residence programs. Many of our adult exhibitions are coordinated using a Call for Art and are adjudicated by arts professionals. A selection of virtual exhibitions, some of which also took place live, are included below.
The Joy of Art
Throughout history, art has tendered affirming feelings of love, happiness, and hope. This exhibition focuses on these positive emotions during a time of pestilence through the creativity of seven artists that germinates from a “Joy of Art.”
The Joy of Art
I invite you to witness the exuberance of Sandra Murphy-Pak’s swirling colors; the delight of nature in the photography of the Wheelchair Highwaymen; the splendor of Chris Mendicino’s icy blooms; the glee of Megan Holmes Cameron’s self-portraits; the rapture seen in Pariswinkle’s characters; the majesty of nature painted by Adorable Monique; and the enchantment of Madison Hongyee’s vision.
The work in this exhibition brings to mind words written by Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo in 1888 as he expressed his ideas about using color, “ I am always in hope of making a discovery . . . to express the love of two lovers . . . by the mysterious vibrations of kindred tones. To express hope by some star, the eagerness of a soul by a sunset radiance. Certainly there is no delusive realism in that, but isn’t it something that actually exists?”
As Van Gogh did more than 130 years ago, the artists here signal hope for our world through the joy of art. ---Susan Baldino, Curator
We All Need Each Other
May 1 - June 30, 2020
Florida students express wonder, connection isolation...
Curated by Susan Baldino, Arts4All Florida Regional Program Coordinator.
We All Need Each Other
The works displayed here represent creative talents of students of all abilities from across the State of Florida. These young artists answered our call for art that emphasizes essential relationships and that reflects diversity and inclusion. Enjoy these perceptions of aspiring artists. Their work brings into focus our vision to create a world in which arts are universally accessible.
Experience in the Surreal - Hamilton County
A collection of artwork from students at Hamilton County Elementary and Hamilton County High School who learned about the surrealism of Joan Miro with teaching artist, Anna Waddell.
Teaching Artist, Anna Waddell led the students of Hamilton County Elementary and Hamilton County High School, in visual art lessons this last school year. They explored many subjects and techniques, with one being Surrealism. The surrealist artist, Joan Miro’s work lends itself with its’ playful shapes and colors to artwork that can be appreciated by all ages.
To emulate Miro’s work, the students began with painting various colors on a thick paper. These allowed the young artists to enjoy the medium with the color, flow and texture of the paint. In the next session with the paint now dry, the students added crayon with shapes, lines and colors, not meant to be identifiable objects, but just abstract images. They produced work that was in the spirit of Miro, learning new techniques and appreciating that they can be artists of the abstract too.
Each piece of art was unique with the two varying textures creating wonderful juxtapositions. The students made two pieces of art, one to keep and one to share, which will be on display at various Heart of Florida Health Centers throughout Marion County.
My Spirit Animal
How do you inspire young artists to create a unique and personal piece of art? Well that was the mission of Teaching Artist, Audrey Short, as she led the students of Dixie M. Hollins High School to make art that was influenced by The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art.
The Future is Art