February 24 through April 8, 2010, GardensArt in Palm Beach Gardens City Hall, 10500 Military Trail, is presenting a juried exhibition of art by members of Artists of Palm Beach County. Founded in 1989, the GardensArt program exhibits the work of nationally and locally recognized professional artists to enhance the cultural exchange between artists and the community. It’s a perfect setting for the Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC), a coalition created and managed by local artists, which has complementary goals.
The GardensArt exhibition is presenting 34 works of art by 22 local artists who work in a number of different art mediums from pencil and paper to oil on canvas, watercolors, acrylics, digital photography, clay, and paper sculpture. Kelly Luchini the Director of Studio E Gallery in Palm Beach Gardens, who juried the show, was impressed by the variety of work created by APBC members. Among them are acrylic artists Alvaro Rojas and Patricia Whiting, pastel painter Lynn Morgan, oil painters Jean Hutchison and Patricia Levey, and clay artists Tracy Rosof-Petersen and Lucy Keshavarz.
“When I first became involved in APBC, I wanted to work as an artist again,” states Lucy Keshavarz, a member of the Palm Beach County Public Art Committee and the President of Art & Culture Group, Inc. She was a founding member of APBC as well its first president and is this GardensArt Exhibition Volunteer Coordinator. “I have been an art consultant for some time, but I wanted to get back to creating and exhibiting my own work. APBC helped me tremendously to reach this goal. That’s what APBC is about, supporting local artists.”
In 2003, three artists, Mark Gierok, Caren Hackman and Terre Rybovich, initiated this grassroots organization to provide networking opportunities for Palm Beach County artists, to promote their work, and to benefit the community at large. APBC is a unique organization because it’s county wide and includes all artistic disciplines: literary, media, performing and visual.
Considering that APBC represents all the arts, it’s fitting that the Opening Reception is taking place on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the night of the City Hall’s Dancing on the Plaza. A live band will entertain, and you are invited to dance under the stars. It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy art and dancing at the same event.
The show is also open during working hours, Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. City Hall is north of Northlake Blvd and south of PGA Blvd. Look at the slideshow below to get a sampling of the artwork.
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