August 18 - October 15, 2021
OMAM Pop-Up @ the PAC Exhibition
This in-person exhibit, inside the Performing Arts Center, showcases work by 19 artists reflecting on community, shared space, and what can be gained in a moment by being present.
♦ Andrina Carey ♦ Babz Lupoli ♦ Barb Forristall Scapin ♦ Barbara Perrotti ♦ Beth O'Connor ♦ Desiray Blackburn ♦ Dolores De Carlo ♦ Doreen Hardie ♦ Dusana Souchek ♦ Grace Senior Morandi ♦ Jane Solose ♦ Joe Korte ♦ Kathleen Marquis ♦ Linda McCauley ♦ Lisa Argentieri ♦ Liz Canali ♦ Natalia Hubbard ♦ NC Hagood ♦ Walter Osteen ♦
- Dates: Wednesday, August 18 - Friday, October 15
- Times: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
- Location: Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center (PAC) - 399 N US Highway 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
- Note: Please use the Box Office Entrance on the north side of the building
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"I Am Here" by Lisa Argentieri, watercolor, 9x12
This is a self-portrait painted four weeks into the COVID-19 quarantine in Florida. The novelty of staying in the house and keeping busy with mundane activities had worn thin, and I was bored. The yellow in this painting represents the gratitude of not being ill with COVID-19 and the hope of the end of it coming soon.
"Social Distancing" by Joe Korte, oil on canvas, 12.5x16
Way back when the Covid first got rolling I felt the only way people would unite against a foe like the virus was if there were something more tangible other than the hundred thousands of deaths worldwide that many of us only heard about. Maybe if the falling rain had turned red, people would begin to take up the recommended actions to stop the spread. I am happy to say this painting was done winter of 2020 and since then the majority of people, like it or not, got on board for the good of all, despite the rain remaining clear.
"Desert Memory" by Beth O'Connor, acrylic on canvas, 24x30
This painting was created after a trip to Utah. The landscape was so different than anything I have ever known, the sculptural rock formations, the visible strata, the evidence of time immemorial. I was overwhelmed with the smallness of humanity in the scope of time, rock, and the night sky but also felt that the cells in my body were vibrating with a new energy. When I came home, I quickly made this painting in hopes to capture the essence of how I felt in this place.
"The Sound of Small Things" by Beth O'Connor, acrylic on canvas, 24x36
This painting reflects on my favorite types of discoveries that immediately bring me into the present moment such as a snail on a leaf or the beautiful tapestry on the wings of a Polyphemus moth. The tiny dramas that unfold in my back yard make me feel a connected presence with our Earth.
"Desert Rose" by Kathleen Marquis, encaustic and oils on wood panel, 24x36
The Desert Rose depicted in my painting once belonged to my parents. They gave it to me a few years ago when I lived in Orlando. I carried it with me to my new home in Ormond almost four years ago. It holds a special place in my heart as I can picture it in its former homes including my parent’s yard, on the front porch at my old house, and now in my backyard. With this piece, I capture the plant in the present moment. Underlining patterns within the work reflect the cycles of time. In creating the painting, I gained an appreciation for the beauty of the plant - its twisting form, the reflection of light on its leaves, its portable home (the pot it resides in) and its companions (the random weeds that popped up out of its soil).
"Water Shields" by Natalia Hubbard, gouache, 12x16
Young Dwarf Cypress, Water Shields, Dawn, and Arrowhead come from a body of work based in the Everglades and couldn't occur without the act of being present. Being present is engaging one's self, turning on all senses, utilizing all time. This engagement affords exploration. In turn, the exploration flowers intimacy. One of the world's largest subtropical wetlands, actually a slow river, the Everglades flows south at the tip of Florida from Lake Okeechobee. One and a half million acres vast, most of the wet habitat is accessible only through foot or watercraft with fierce mosquitos, thick sweaty heat, and moody rain around. Furthermore, this space necessitates patience. It gently and subtly unfolds its story, never in a rush. Though easy to pass through from the highways that connect the coasts of South Florida, the Everglades' mysterious landscapes and beautiful flora draw me in to meander. There and present, I see the mosaic of details, movement, and pattern in and out of the expanse of sawgrass, rippling dark water, peek-a-boo wildflowers, tropical shrubs, shady hammocks, and capping sky. Inherent tenacity (to overcome those bites and rivers of sweat) and a personal guide (husband) have aided in the reoccurring travels to the Everglades, which became a surprising priority since 2019. Beginning as a seed thought to follow the pull of the landscape, it has evolved into the practice/play of being present at each stay and allowing that exploration, intimacy, and process transfer into my paintings.
"What's Next" by Andrina Carey, oil, 22x24
This is a self-portrait of myself contemplating, being in the moment having completed this painting and what is my next work of art. This portrait was painted during Covid isolation so I am also questioning about what the future will hold for all of us in the coming months. Painting this was a good time for self- reflection and appreciation of all the little things that we take for granted.
"American Speed" by Walter Osteen, oil on masonite, 24x48
In this painting, 1920s race car driver Frank Lockhart is hurtling across the hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach in his speedster, The Stutz Blackhawk Special. For an auto racer, concentration and situational awareness are often the difference between winning and losing and sometimes even life and death. Racing is, if nothing else, about being totally present and in the moment.
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Andrina is a representational artist with a love of rich saturated color, and her preferred mediums are oil and pastels. She tries to use complementary colors to enrich and enhance the composition of her paintings. The inspiration for her work is the beauty of nature. She took art classes in high school and college. She always dreamed of pursuing art, but earned a degree in nursing. After retirement, she found a wonderful teacher whose enthusiasm and knowledge of art re-instilled her love of art.
Babz is driven to create big bold energetic pieces that draw the viewer inside and make them feel and seek something new or hidden within themselves. She paints intuitively and is continuously amazed at the shapes and concepts that show up as if by magic. Recycling and gluing various papers and tidbits of life onto her pieces is especially gratifying.
“I believe that all of the arts enrich our lives, lift our psyches, help us improve our outlooks and heal our bodies and souls. We all need to surround ourselves with art that we can create and enjoy and share. All beauty is immensely powerful and inspiring.”
Beth developed her love of the natural world in the woods, creeks and mountains of Tennessee as a child and young adult. She studied painting and design at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After moving to Florida in 2006, she started working professionally as a muralist and developed a love of working in a large-scale format.
Beth's recent canvas work focuses on understanding and celebrating our relationships with our natural world by imaging new contexts beyond time and region for life to exist. Her style encompasses elements of surrealism, abstraction and pattern making.
Dolores De Carlo
Dee (Del Negro) De Carlo
I'm Dolores De Carlo, but sign under my maiden name of D. Del Negro. I have been drawing and painting most of my life. I did a lot of landscape pictures. Once in a while I would do a portrait on request but not my favorite work and therefore stopped doing them many years ago. I attended the Art Center in Los Angeles intending to become a fashion designer but as life would have it I was introduced to a Travel Agent and having talked to them at length I decided to change my profession. I still painted when I had time and not until I retired did I become more interested in painting on a daily basis. Now the more I paint the more I want to. I have recently started painting on rocks and animals are my subjects. I love capturing their charm or, as in Clancy's case his "Catitude"! I never cease to smile when I pass his picture. If everyone who looks at my work has the same reaction I will know that I am a success.
Doreen's landscapes are done in an impressionistic style that reflects her deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the beauty He created in the world around her. She was a student of the late Greek painter Antonis Karafyllakis. Doreen says “Before I begin painting, I ask the Lord to bless my canvas, my brushes, and my eyes, so I can see and interpret the vision clearly. I don’t feel I am finished with a painting until it begins to sing to me.” Doreen works primarily in oils.
Doreen has shown her works in several galleries and art shows in Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, Delaware and Florida and has won ribbons in juried shows. Her paintings are in private collections around the United States, Jamaica, Japan, Australia and Europe.
Born in northeastern Czech Republic, Dušana emigrated to the USA in 1968, settling in Bucks County, Pa. During this time, she participated in many local and regional art shows and working on her craft in her spare time. Upon relocating to St. Petersburg, FL, in 1989, Dusana was contracted by Madeira Beach Art Gallery as the Artist in Residence. It was in this role she developed her passion for watercolors and natural Florida flora and fauna, and her work was enthusiastically acquired by many visitors from around the globe.
In the early 2000s residing in Jupiter, FL, Dusana put together her first studio, allowing her to expand her artistic ventures to include teaching children and adults. Offerings included classes on watercolors and acrylics, as well as pottery and clay, and glass work. She continued to exhibit at local art festivals and fine art shows, often garnering awards and recognition for her work.
Today, Dusana is based in Flagler Beach and uses her creative energy and talent to assemble and create truly unique pieces of fused glass. Taking many of the lessons learned regarding texture and form, depth and light, her glass is truly something to behold. She enjoys the challenges and rewards of being an artist, learning new mediums, creating unique pieces, and sharing the tools and technique required. Above all she is a person dedicated to the arts and the art world.
Grace Senior Morandi
Grace Senior Morandi
Grace was born in Colombia, South America. One of her uncles was a professional builder/designer of parade floats and event stages, and one day she was asked to assist him. It was then she became interested in creating and expressing ideas using color. She took private classes in drawing and painting and won her first national art contest at age 13. After those school years, her art took a backseat to her professional career and motherhood, and she didn't paint again until after retirement.
She has studied with great teachers in the US, Mexico, South America and Europe to learn different techniques and materials, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. She uses many layers of paint, using gel mediums, gesso and other materials, to create visual textures without a previous conceived idea. Though she is not a realistic painter, she tries to keep some realism in the compositions. She believes art is the expression of inner feelings, not a copy of existing objects.
Grace's artwork is in private collections in the US, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Greece, Panama, Puerto Rico, India, Scotland and Spain. She prices her original artwork reasonably to provide the opportunity to acquire the work and fulfill her desire to be in many homes and businesses worldwide.
Two years ago, Jane discovered the beauty, magic, and science of fluid dynamics related to acrylic pouring art, and in that short period of time has produced a collection of unique and colorful abstract creations on canvas, tile and wood. The self-taught artist enjoys experimenting with various fluid art techniques, pouring mediums, and color combinations.
Jane is a native of Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada. Prior to becoming an abstract fluid artist, her career as a concert pianist, recording artist and master teacher took her to Korea, Japan, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Argentina, Canada, and around the U.S. After serving 40 years as a music educator in colleges, conservatories and universities in Canada and the U.S., Dr. Solose retired as Professor of Piano from the Conservatory of Music and Dance, The University of Missouri-Kansas City and currently resides in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.
Jane recently completed “Intoxika”, a music and visual art collaboration with Thomas MacKay, mallet percussionist with the Hawaiian-based group Intoxika. For this project she created a series of seven paintings on 18" wood rounds, using the music and titles of Intoxika’s debut CD tracks as inspiration. This combination of music and art can be experienced on Jane’s YouTube art channel.
She also creates FUNctional art - transforming and merging her pieces into novel art clocks, home décor and furniture. Jane enjoys experimenting with digital art as well, fusing her pieces with her own photographic images, and playing with pixels to produce colorful digital manipulations of her canvas art in the form of limited-edition metal prints. Her pieces are available for purchase at the SeaCasas boutique in Flagler Beach and on her website janesolose.com.
An encaustic painter by practice, Kathleen is passionate about art and uses her enthusiasm for art to inspire and guide students in their own works. In teaching art, she hopes to add a little happiness into the lives of those who she comes in contact with (whether be it in person or online). Kathleen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in mixed media with a minor in art history from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives and works in Ormond Beach, Florida, and has been teaching art and design for several years now.
I’m inspired by color... after so many years as one person referred to me as... “My Beige Friend! I want to feel good and color certainly has an effect. I’ve always been a “maker” and love taking advantage of the various classes and workshops available in ours and various surrounding communities. One of my current interests is creating a collage using torn, colored magazine pieces of paper embellished with acrylic paint. A resident of Ormond Beach for more than 30 years I’m excited with the way the Art Community is growing and can’t wait for the opening of the new Museum. I urge everyone to take advantage and get involved with our little jewel. How Lucky can we get!
Lisa is from New York, now living in Florida. She received her art education at The School of Visual Arts in New York City (BFA degree.)
Painting, drawing and sculpting since she was a child, Lisa’s award-winning watercolor paintings have been published in numerous publications including five Florida covers, and has been selected to exhibit in several major New York juried shows, including The Salmagundi Art Club, The Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition, The Allied Artists of America Inc., The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, and Audubon Artists, Inc. She is internationally-recognized since her feature on The Escoda Brush Company website (Barcelona, Spain) and in Blick Art ads.
Florida has inspired her to experiment in different mediums; to paint more landscapes and her color palette has changed.
Liz Canali has been involved with art and crafts since early in her life. Trained as a commercial graphic artist, she first worked as a paste-up artist at the telephone company but quickly moved into the education field. Liz worked as an elementary art teacher in Hopkinton, MA and then as the jewelry and weaving teacher at Northfield Mt. Hermon School in Northfield, MA. At the same time she owned and created one-of-a-kind and art-to-wear jewelry for her company, Canali Silver. She sold her work to individuals and galleries throughout the US.
Her art journey brought her into the world of art administration. She was director of Leverett Crafts & Arts in Leverett, MA and then returned to her roots as a graphic artist. Combining her design experience and her husband Al’s office and sales experience, the two opened Canali Designs more than 25 years ago. Liz is the graphic designer for the business, focusing on print and web coordinated projects, logo design for small to medium businesses.
In search of a non-computer creative outlet, Liz rediscovered fiber arts especially felt. Liz began researching traditional felting techniques. Her latest wall pieces are made with the Florida climate in mind. Felt is a sustainable, renewable and biodegradable textile. An excellent insulator of heat and sound, it is also anti-static, non-allergenic, self-extinguishing, a controller of humidity and absorber of pollutants. It has intrinsic properties which help to maintain a healthy interior that is pleasant to live in. Her recent wall hangings and felted light shades reflect this direction in her latest work.
Liz’s work has been featured in The American Architectural Digest, Felt - The Australian Magazine for Felting, and Orlando Sentinel. She has won various awards: Best of Show at three St. Augustine Art Association Exhibits (17th Annual and 18th Annual Touch! Annual Tactile Exhibition, 2020 Honors Show), Award of Distinction at Flagler County Art League (Pick Your Picasso, Anything Goes, Textures) 2nd Place at Flagler County Art League (Textures, 2018 Fall Exhibition). Exhibitions include: Group Shows (Shared Stitches, Mount Dora Center for the Arts) and One-Person Shows (Explorations In Felt: Interior Design, Explorations In Felt: Textures and Color, and The Lore of Stones, Salmon Falls Gallery). Her work is in many private collections in Florida and New England.
Liz is on the support staff at Salmon Falls Gallery in Shelburne Falls, MA. Her hats, scarves, vessels and lights are for sale there. She is a member of the St. Augustine Art Association. She lives in Flagler Beach with her husband, Al.
Natalia was born in California and raised in both Miami and Long Beach. She studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and graduated in 2010 with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration. Working as a graphic designer after college and relocating to Miami, the paintbrush fell by the wayside. On a fishing trip in the Everglades with her husband, she felt tugged between catching bass and painting the habitat. Shortly after, she picked up the paintbrush again.
“I love focusing on the everyday, accentuating its vibrancy by picking out its color, texture, and pattern.”
As for the Everglades, her goal is to let people bring its timeless beauty into the home.
NC Hagood is an abstract artist who works in acrylics and mixed media. Her pieces are powerful and have an ethereal quality to them. Hagood was born in Ecuador, South America. At the age of 5, she arrived in New York City where she was influenced by the city and also her artist brother. Growing up, she would watch him in the studio. He was her first mentor.
Hagood fell in love with art. Both her brother and the city provided much for her to ponder. She entered the legal field where she was exposed to very high and low emotions. This evolved in her desire to capture such in her art. Hagood studied with various mentors, and developed into a contemporary mixed media artist.
Wally is a mostly self-taught oil painter. His work is inspired by 35 years of living on and observing the timeless old Florida beauty of the Tomoka River and 55 years of surfing along the beaches and inlets of Florida’s east coast. Wally’s process for studio painting is time consuming. It consists of applying multiple layers of thick and thin oil paint to the canvas over a period of several months.
This slower pace allows the painting to develop and evolve beyond his initial concept into something that is hopefully deeper and more meaningful; thus, becoming a sort of collaboration between the painting and the painter. The final goal is the creation of an image which the viewer will find both interesting and compelling.
Wally’s paintings and prints are highly prized by surfers and non-surfers alike and may be found in many private and public collections.