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Fall at the gallery.  We collaborated with the St. George Island Paint Out group to host an artists' reception following their plein air painting weekend event: Art & Wine Splash.  The outdoor reception combined with indoor art show proved to be a happy combination, and a formula we may try again sometime later in the new year.  Three of the participating artists agreed to stay on with a selection of paintings, and we couldn't be more pleased.  Welcoming Mary O. Smith, Cory Wright, and Craig Reynolds to the gallery... read on below to learn more about them.
"Quiet on the Beach" 12 x16 oil on canvas

Cory Wright has been painting professionally since her teen years, working with designers, builders and homeowners to create large scale murals and custom faux finishes. She received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and continued her studies in Rome. She discovered plein air painting in 2011 and since then, has devoted her time and efforts to pursuing what inspires her most -- painting outdoors and "capturing the essence of the light on the land, sand and sea around me." 
"No Luck Today" 12x12 oil on linen

Craig Reynolds calls Gulf Shores, Alabama home, but travels extensively across the U.S. and abroad, participating in plein air competitions and leading workshops. His award-winning work has appeared in Plein Air Magazine. "Painting on location, experiencing the sounds, the temperature, the light and ambiance of the scene is very important in adding its DNA to the painting."
"Apalachicola Backyard" 11 x14 oil on canvas

Maryo O. Smith received her degree in Design from Louisiana State University. An accomplished painter in both oil and watercolor, her work has a distinctive loose and expressive style.  She is a Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society and has won numerous prizes at state and national shows.  "Conveying a moment of space and light with color and shape intrigues me with every painting."
  Mally Weaver and Thomas Avery                        Artists -Artisans
"Full Moon Rising" 16x20 watercolor.

Mally and Tom's artwork is another welcome addition to the gallery.  Working individually, and together inspiring each other with creative crosscurrents, this is an artistic team that often paints together and travels together.  Dividing their time between the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, they encounter much to inspire them. Mally's focus is on watercolor painting, both in studio and en plein air. 

"Sunrise" (detail) 10x15 acrylic on canvas.
"Squid" 3x34 -"Hooked Up" 5x24 pen & ink

Tom also paints, but primarily he works in wood. A shipwright and custom woodworker by trade, he creates sculptures, artful furniture and magnificent bowls out of Mahogany, Jamaican Dogwood and other recovered tropical woods. Another specialty of his: pen and ink on swordfish bills he gets from the fishermen at the docks near his wood shop in the Keys. 

    "Hooked Up" (detail) pen & ink on swordfish bill
Susan Richardson's 
Friends & Family Sale

Now and through the end of the year, Live Oak Gallery will feature 10% off Susan's prints and other artwork. (Did you know Susan had a thriving handmade jewelry business back in the day?  Beware, browsing through her whimsical and humorous designs can be habit forming.)  A portion of proceeds will benefit the Franklin County Humane Society, a cause near and dear to her heart. Stop by on Saturday, November 28 from 2 - 5 p.m. for Prosecco On The Porch.  Toast the season with a glass of Susan's favorite bubbly while browsing the art. It couldn't be a better time to find the perfect gift -- for yourself or someone else.
In the spirit of holiday gift-giving, consider The Sporting Art of Eldridge Hardie: Paintings of Upland Hunting, Angling and Waterfowling.  A revered painter of outdoor life for six decades, Eldridge Hardie may be considered something of an elder statesman of sporting art.  He has traveled the world in order to experience the very best of hunting and fishing, returning home to savor perhaps even more so, the opportunities in his own "backyard" of Denver, Colorado.  In this coffee table book you will find 150 beautiful reproductions of his watercolors and oils, as well as drawings and studies accompanied by his notes, that allow you inside his thought process.  Descriptions of the places and circumstances surrounding his paintings are told in the voice of an old friend.  For sportsmen and art lovers alike, a book to treasure.        
Fall Walls (and flowers) at the Gallery
Left:  Zinnias from Turtle Pond Farm.                                             
Right:  Marty Holland watercolors; John Furches etchings; Daryl Freed cedar driftwood ducks;
Dawn Wilkins mixed media.
From top left: Isaac Brooks "Flying Bird" painted cypress and Daryl Freed "Burly Briar Patch" cedar driftwood.
And below: Mary O. Smith watercolors; Cory Wright oils; Ronnie Segree cypress carved fish.

Ron Mayle's carved deadhead cypress "Aqua Turtle" sunning himself among the quilled chrysanthemums and pecans.
Porch Fest 2020
We had a blast being a part of the first annual Porch Fest Apalach in early November.  Ours was one of many porches around town that hosted a mini-concert in this moveable feast of music.  The audience traveled from porch to porch throughout the day for a series of musical performances in a unique outdoor community gathering -- "where front porches become stages, yards become venues, and radical generosity and good will rule the day."  In fact, the event raised over $3200 for the Franklin County Humane Society.  Bernard Simmons and his Apalachicola Blues Authority commanded the Live Oak Gallery stage and had them dancing on the front lawn. 

In these times of social distancing, the day gave everyone a glimmer of hope for better times to come, and dare we say it, a truly bright new year.  This holiday season may you find ways to gather with family and friends, whether near or far, and may art play a part in bringing you together.  

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Apalachicola, Florida  32320
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