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Early Spring at the Gallery

While things were rather quiet at the beginning of the year, lately you get the distinct feeling that folks are emerging from hibernation -- whether due to the dreary winter weather or pandemic concerns, or both -- you can feel the release of pent up energy, and it is exhilarating.  Out of an abundance of caution, we still ask that you mask, but the outlook going forward is encouraging. 

Likewise, for many artists, the enforced isolation has led to a burst of creativity, and at times a fundamental mindshift in subject, style and even technique. These are very exciting times as we begin to feel free again, and we see how the lessons learned from a life-altering year will take shape and be expressed.  The gallery is growing and changing with new artists, and new work from our current artists. You are invited to come see.

         Larry McIntosh                                            Black & White Photography
"Foggy Bridge 1" photograph 21x28 framed

Larry McIntosh has gathered images from behind the lens for most of his life. Drawn to the light, and to the people of the Northwest Florida coast, Larry captures a diversity of subjects in dramatically contrasted black and white photographs -- the setting sun, the open cloudless sky, the performance of a bluesman, paint peeling off an entryway to a historic building. 
Prints are made on Matte Pura Smooth 300GSM OBA-Free paper using Epson Ultra Chrome HDX Pigment Archival Inks.

(l-r ) "High n Dry 8 Mile"
"Foggy Bridge 1"
"Riverside Shrimper"
        Barbara Noonan                                                      Soft  Pastel on Paper
"Great Perch"  9 x 9 soft pastel

Barbara Noonan brings to the gallery influences from the Pacific Northwest where she lives on an island north of Seattle.  Every winter she spends a month on St. George Island walking the beach for miles daily in every kind of weather -- birdwatching, exploring the shifting colors and angles of light, watching the fog roll in.

Soft pastel as a medium is often overlooked, but Barbara, although she has worked in oils, watercolor and gouache, chooses it for the immediacy of the pigment and its saturation potential.  In her pastel paintings, she seeks to push the boundaries between abstract and interpretive landscape painting.

Barbara is represented in several galleries in and around the Seattle area, as well as in a number of public and private collections on the west coast.  She enjoys sharing ideas with students and is sought out for her private classes and workshops.

"Easy Street"  7x7 soft pastel
          New from Daryl Freed                                                Cedar Driftwood 
"Rock Solid" (detail) 25x26x14 cedar driftwood

Daryl Freed is an outdoorsman and artist who crafts his amazing three-dimensional wall pieces out of cedar driftwood collected from once-flooded cedar groves near his home in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. His carved ducks spring to life out of the driftwood and appear to be flying right out of the wall.  Lately, instead of cursing the stones that his blade sometimes finds embedded in the driftwood, Daryl now incorporates them into his dynamic works. In this case, the stone rests proudly in the very center of the piece.  Come see our new collection of his "ducks" fresh in from the Ozarks. 
      New from John Furches                                           Etching & Watercolor 
John Furches "Black Necked Stilt" 3x4 image; 10x12 framed

A new selection of intricately detailed etching-watercolors from North Carolina artist, John Furches.  Birds, dragonflies, ferns and more, are carefully mounted and displayed in rich burl wood frames.  John explores his botanical and wildlife subjects in a deep inward way, achieving in his faithful renderings, a subtle emotional element that is all his own.  His larger pieces are truly masterworks.

John Furches at work by the campfire before a show in Excelsior, MN.
Ink & Watercolor Sketching Workshop with Mike Rooney
Wed. & Thurs. April 7 & 8 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
If you're an artist planning a spring getaway to Apalachicola, consider planning your dates to coincide with this workshop designed for the traveler.  Known to plein air artists from Key West to the Carolinas for his fun and insightful classes, Mike will show you how to take a pen, a pad of paper, and a palm sized watercolor set to make a fast travel sketch, a finished painting, or create your own sketchbook journal. It’s up to you.  
Learn drawing and watercolor tips like: simple tricks for perfect perspective; drawing and painting trees, buildings, cars, and people; watercolor techniques for washes, splatters, and more.
Mike is recognized as one of the east coast's top plein air painters, and his 
natural straight-forward approach has earned him many dedicated fans and followers over the years. Check out his Mike Rooney facebook page to see what he’s been up to lately.  Cost is $80 for both days. For more info and to register: email or call/text 305-393-4306.  Class size is limited for everyone's safety.
Be sure to mark your calendar now, for the St. George Island Paint Out May 1 - 7, with sixteen award-winning plein air artists painting at outdoor locations throughout Apalachicola, St. George Island, Eastpoint and Carabelle.  The opening party at the gallery on May 1, will welcome the artists and their work, after a day of painting the homes and gardens of Apalachicola's historic district.  The closing champagne reception on May 7 will offer a "first-look" show and sale of the artists' best work from the week, while guests are invited to enjoy an elegant reception in our garden.  We are honored to be a partner of this event, especially since two of the gallery's artists -- Cory Wright and Craig Reynolds -- will be participating.  For reception tickets and more information, visit the SGI Paintout website.

Gladly open by appointment too.
We look forward to seeing you.

Live Oak Gallery 
156 Market Street (corner of Ave G)
Apalachicola, Florida  32320
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