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Natasha Joffer | Florida Highwaymen | Linda Molta
September 8th - September 28th
Opening Reception | Friday | September 8th | 5 - 9PM

On Friday evening, September 8th, from 5 - 9PM, Palmetto Art Center (PAC) invites the public to come enjoy Sunshine State of Mind—photographic works from Natasha Joffer, serigraph prints from Linda Molto, and Florida Highwaymen Paintings from Mary Ann Carroll, Livingston Roberts, Sam Newton, Robert L. Lewis, Robert Butler, John Maynor and Al Black.

Natasha Joffer’s photographic works will be on show in the PAC’s Main gallery. Natasha says, “The little things, how we pass by every day the simple beauty that surrounds us. As I wander with my camera, I have increasingly been drawn to those details. The depth of a beautiful flower, a bee hunting for pollen, to the shadows dancing on the wall. Mindful of capturing what already exists & transforming seemingly insignificant subjects of our everyday lives by isolating them, changing the perspective, and presenting them as complete images unto themselves.” As a professional photographic artist for 15 years, to the present, Natasha seeks that shot that interacts with others. “It's a love of mine that I enjoy sharing. Pure and simple, plus a mixture of curiosity & detail to beauty, are some of those small details that make a much bigger picture.”

On show in PAC’s east side gallery are fifteen original works from celebrated Florida Highwaymen. In the early 1950’s through the 1980’s a group of twenty-six African-American artists known as the "Florida Highwaymen" used vivid and bright colors to display the beautiful, untouched Florida landscape. The Florida Highwaymen painted wind-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees. They painted from their garages and back yards on inexpensive Upson board and then on the weekends they would travel and sell their Highwaymen paintings to hotels, offices, businesses and individuals who appreciated the artwork for around $25 a piece. Collecting Florida Highwaymen art has become an exciting, but often expensive, hobby. The market for an original works of art by a Florida Highwayman can easily bring $5,000 or more. Included is Mary Ann Carroll the only woman among this celebrated highly-collectible group.

PAC’s East Gallery will also host Linda Molto, a master of serigraphic technique—otherwise known as silk screening, although she's reinvented the process to create an atypically painterly effect. Molto has been a Cortez Village resident for 25 years and finds inspiration for her art in a Florida Institute for Salt Water Heritage wetlands restoration property that abuts her property. Over two dozen signed, limited edition original prints will be for sale, including some vintage serigraphs from the mid 1980’s. 

Sunshine State of Mind is open to the public and curious critics with no admission fee.
Following the opening reception, the Palmetto Art Center gallery will be open Saturday, September 9th from 11AM – 1PM. Also, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon – 2PM, and by appointment.
 
he little things, how we pass by every day the simple beauty that surrounds us.
As I wander with my camera, I have increasingly been drawn to those details.
The depth of a beautiful flower, a bee hunting for pollen, to the shadows dancing on the wall. Mindful of capturing what already exists & transforming seemingly insignificant subjects of our everyday lives by isolating them, changing the perspective, and presenting them as complete images unto themselves.

Since early on as a artist, I've gravitated to photography. As a professional photographic
artist for 15 years, to the present of seeking that shot that interacts with others, it's a love
of mine that I enjoy sharing. Pure and simple, plus a mixture of curiosity & detail to beauty, are some of those small details that make a much bigger picture.

Born in Florida & raised majority of my life here, it's simply another day in paradise as we say. May my photography remind us all to slow down, be mindful and enjoy life's simple pleasures...the little things.

Florida State of Mind show is open to the public with no admission fee. Following the opening reception, the Palmetto Art Center gallery will be open Saturday, September 9thfrom 11AM – 1PM. Also, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon – 2PM, and by appointment.