September, 2008
Size: 11.375 x 10.125”
Pages: 224
Plates: 160 color plates
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-934491-09-6

Purchase Price: $75

 

“…A refreshing approach to the more than 400 year old history of art from the First Coast to the Space Coast. A wonderful tie in with the history of the land and its people, the verbal descriptions next to the visual images, plus curator Kahren Arbitman’s comprehensive essay, give the book fine literary merit.”

The St. Augustine Times

 

EXHIBITIONS ACCOMPANYING THE DEBUT OF THE BOOK FEATURING THE ARTISTS’ WORK:

THE MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, ORLANDO, FL
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FOGLE FINE ART, JACKSONVILLE, FL
www.foglefineart.com

RACHEL THOMPSON GALLERY, ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
www.rachelthompsongallery.com

 

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PICTURING FLORIDA

THE FIRST COAST TO THE SPACE COAST

For five hundred years, artists have been captivated by La Florida. Named by Spanish explorer Ponce de León, Florida’s hidden forest glades, sandy ocean hammocks, and picturesque colonial towns have inspired artists like Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran to capture the unique light, color and atmosphere found in the state. This lavishly produced book showcases the work of 38 contemporary painters, sculptors, printers and mixed medium artists who continue this artistic tradition in Northeast and Central Florida. Noted art historian Kahren Jones Arbitman, the book’s curator, has chosen over 160 diverse images including the masterly prints of Barry Wilson, the serene landscapes of Louise Freshman Brown and Victor Kowal, the mixed media innovations of Jason Izumi, the lush abstracts of Que Throm and Cicero Greathouse, the intimate florals of John Bunker, the satirical portraits of Gary Bolding and the pioneering work of Jean Wagner Troemel. Intriguing, contemplative or challenging, these images represent the vitality and vibrancy of the visual arts in Florida today.

Arts writer Susan Gallo uses commentary by each artist to create profiles that illuminate each artist’s individual style. Arbitman presents newly-discovered information to trace the history of the arts in Northeast and Central Florida to reveal today’s artistic legacy.

Kahren Jones Arbitman, Ph.D. was director of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida from 1996 until her retirement in 2001. In this position she expanded the programs and outreach of this important cultural institution in Northeast Florida.

From 1990 to 1996 Arbitman was director of the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, building it into a museum widely recognized as a major cultural resource for both the University and for Central Pennsylvania. At Penn State, she oversaw all aspects of the construction of a new museum building designed by internationally-renowned architect Charles W. Moore. During her tenure at the Palmer, Arbitman secured a number of significant collections as gifts and also organized several traveling exhibitions.

Arbitman received her doctorate in art history from the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation was an iconographical study of Rembrandt’s work. As a noted scholar on seventeenth-century Dutch art, Arbitman has published extensively and has been an invited lecturer at museums and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to her tenure at Penn State, Arbitman was the curator of the Frick Art Museum. She has also been a member of the faculties at Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon University, West Virginia University, and Chatham College.

Susan M. Gallo is Associate Director of Education at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida where she has also served as a guest curator. Gallo received degrees from Smith College and Columbia University, and was awarded fellowships at both the Toledo Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has been a member of the faculty at Jacksonville University and an advisor to the College of Education at the University of North Florida.

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