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Live Oak Gallery
Visual Conversation 

Three new artists at the gallery remind us of the power of the visual arts to take us places words cannot. With that in mind, it is a pleasure to welcome Gabriella Fiabane, Eluster RIchardson and David Diaz with paintings that engage in spirited (if wordless) conversation with the selection of outstanding artworks currently on our walls; inspiring us to see everything in a new way.  We invite you to come discover - or rediscover - art that speaks to you.

           Gabriella Fiabane                                                              
"Trickster" oil on board 9x12 

Gabriella is a natural artist; coming from a family of artists where drawing and painting was woven into the foundations of her childhood.  She has been painting professionally for over twenty years, and divides her time between her studios in Key West, FL and Nantucket, MA. Primarily a self-taught painter, she has studied with highly-regarded Florida Keys artists Roberta Marks, Katherine Miller, and AD Tinkham.  Her instinctive approach to art has garnered her numerous prestigious awards and fellowships over the years. 

While known mostly for her moody landscapes and seascapes, she is also recognized for her stark clapboard houses and other architectural structures.  Her innate curiosity has led her to paint a wide variety of subjects in the figurative and still life genres as well.... putting her elegant and mysterious touch on flowers, shells, and more recently, imaginative portrayals of dogs and other animals.  
Her paintings appear in private collections in the US, Canada, Europe and South America.  She is represented by galleries in Key West, Nantucket, and now we're happy to say, Apalachicola.

"Sea Chamber" 
10x10 oil on canvas
        Eluster Richardson                                                         
"Shrimpboat at Apalachicola" (detail) 12x36 oil on canvas

Eluster Richardson has an affinity for the Lake Jackson area of Tallahassee where he grew up in the 1950's.  He has been painting all his life, devoting himself to it full time, when he retired from his career as a network engineer. He is a figurative painter, working in a wide range of mediums, but primarily oil and watercolor. Over the past 30 years, his fascination with cultural history, particularly the people and places of North Florida, has resulted in a body of work that is treasured by history and art lovers of the region.  Whether portraits or landscapes, Eluster has achieved the gift of telling a story through his art.  "I love to add a soul to my paintings;" he says, "I love a living document, a living piece of art." 

His works have won numerous awards and have been exhibited at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, the Museum of Florida History and the Smithsonian Institution.  
His 2019 exhibition at the Phipps Gallery of the Tallahassee Museum - "From the Forgotten Coast to the Red Hills" -  showcased his perspective on the ecology and natural history of two very different yet connected areas of our Gulf Coast-North Florida region. In these emotional land and seascapes, Eluster shows us the gradually disappearing physical evidence of a natural environment that is fading into the past.  It is an honor to welcome Eluster Richardson to the gallery with a selection of his Forgotten Coast paintings. 

"Bottoms Road" (detail) 12x36 oil on canvas 
      David Diaz                                                                           
"Passing" 14x11 oil on board

David Diaz is a widely-collected artist working in oil and pastels.  He lives in Annapolis, Maryland where he is board president and chair of exhibitions for the Maryland Federation of Art.  He is primarily a plein air painter with a focus on regional subjects. 
That said, he is reluctant to put a label on his work as one particular style or theme, preferring to let the work speak for itself.... location hardly matters and the overall effect begins to approach abstraction. "It is not just the subject I look for, but the play of light across a surface. It is the immediacy of applying to the canvas the emotions you feel when you first view a scene, and - with fleeting light and time - convey through paint, what your emotions see."

"22 Seventh Street"  16x12 oil on board
          New from Tom Avery                                                

Tom is known at the gallery for his masterful pen & ink drawings on swordfish bills, but he also creates sculptures, artful furniture and magnificent bowls out of Mahogany, Jamaican Dogwood, Tropical Almond, Cedar and other select woods recovered from the Florida Keys to the North Carolina mountains.  In this white cedar side table, form and function converse with each other in the most marvelous way.

"White Cedar Side Table" 
22 x 22 x 22h

          New from Barbara Noonan                                                
 "MonthlyWonder" 7x7 pastel  (12x12 black gallery framed) 

Natural wild shorelines are a touchstone for Barbara who divides her time between the Pacific Northwest Coast and St. George Island.  Wherever she is, you will find her 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.
          New from Ronnie Segree                                            
"Tarpon" (detail) 2'x8' carved deadhead cypress 

Ronnie Segree's local heritage goes back generations.  He has had many careers including fisherman and boat captain, and since retiring from the Franklin County sheriff's office, musician and artist. This amazing tarpon is hand-carved out of one 8-foot length of cypress recovered from the Apalachicola River, and estimated to be anywhere from 150 to 200 years old.  Yes, this tarpon makes quite a statement on any wall.

Come see us soon, and discover more of what's new at the gallery...  be sure to leave time to stroll around the front lawn, and converse with our summer garden.  

Live Oak Gallery 
Open Wednesday - Saturday 11-5
156 Market Street (corner of Ave G)
Apalachicola, Florida  32320
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