Plum Gallery Winter Exhibition

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opening reception

Friday, January 6, 2012

5-9 p.m.

"Birthday Cake" 16x20" oil on canvas

Sara Pedigo

New works will be on display by Sara Pedigo. Sara is a painter living and working in Saint Augustine, Florida. Pedigo spent her childhood in South Carolina and Florida. Her paintings and drawings are most associated with figurative realism, capturing and interpreting moments of her family history and southern environment.

She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and has exhibited throughout the United States. Most notably, she was included in the 2006 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and in exhibitions at the Cue Foundation and the Naples Art Museum. Pedigo received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Flagler College, her undergraduate alma mater.

"Treetops" (Cumberland Island, GA) 32x32" photography

M.H. Myers

For years now, Michael has spent a large part of his time in the woods and marshes of North and Central Florida, and the Southeastern United States, producing images such as this one seen here. Having been born and raised in one of the fastest growing states of the union, he has witnessed the continuing destruction of much of its natural beauty and attempts, through his photography, to preserve some of that beauty for others, and future generations, to enjoy.

Working with large and medium format film cameras, Michael combines the traditional with the contemporary for what he feels is the ultimate black and white photograph. By using film as the source for the image, the depth and rich quality of traditional photography is retained. Negatives are scanned on state of the art equipment and digitally printed on museum-quality papers. The images are never manipulated beyond what could be achieved in a traditional darkroom. That is, Photoshop serves only as his means for controlling aspects such as contrast and density, and burning and dodging particular areas of a print.

"Clear Day" 24x24" oil on canvas

Sydney McKenna

A Florida resident since the age of 11, I am inspired by the environment of my home state. In particular, I am fascinated with evaporation, and how it impacts not just the flora and fauna, but our daily lives as well. It reminds me of the spark of life; a lifting of the physical, into the spiritual. I love the humidity of our southern region, and I am intrigued by how the many transformations of water tie us to other places physically and metaphorically.

Sydney McKenna holds a degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and attended graduate studies in 1996 at the Cortona, Italy campus of the University of Georgia. She is the recipient of many competitive awards, and her paintings have been featured on the covers of numerous magazines, including “Florida Living Magazine”. Sydney’s paintings are found in corporate, public and private collections, including Capital One’s corporate collection of American art, (McLean, VA), The Museum of Florida Art, (Deland, Florida), The Contrarian Group.

Barbara Cornett "Bo Peep" Assemblage David Haradin "Domingo" Kinetic Sculpture

Featuring Found Object Sculptures By Barbara Cornett and Kenetic Sculptures by David Haradin

Working with both found objects and clay offers endless possibilities to me. My assemblages begin at a point that most people would call “the end” - a trash heap. Collecting discarded things like bits of wood, fibers, plastic and rusted metal objects is as fascinating to me as is constructing them into a figurative sculpture. The process is similar to playing “Eye Spy” while simultaneously building a three dimensional puzzle. I want to disassociate the original purpose of these found objects and emphasize their inherent beauty in a minimialist manner. Frequently a specific character or subject emerges as the building process takes place, influenced by past cultures, specific historic figures, by-gone eras, or popular culture.

Barabara is an award winning mixed media sculptor, ceramic artist and art instructor who exhibits internationally and has work in private and corporate collections.

Most of David Haradin's pieces are large, outdoor kinetic sculptures. His fascination with creating kinetic art derives from his interpretation of how different life forms exist in the natural world. His pieces embody life-like characteristics as they are affected by changes in the weather.

The development of abstract art forms began when David studied architecture and fine art at the College of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It was there he gained a greater understanding of spatial patterns, design, and also how changes in the climate affect every type of life in the environment. David won first place in a outdoor sculpture competition at the university in 1989 with his first large-scale installation. From that point on he was driven to pursue his love of art and the outdoors. Upon graduation Dave traveled for a year studying art and architecture around the world. His work is inspired by his travel experiences and enthusiasm for the outdoors.


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