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Natasha Joffer | Florida Highwaymen | Linda Molta
On show throughSeptember 28th

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. 

Opening Reception | Friday | October 6th | 6:00 - 9:00PM

CONSTRUCT is an innovative traveling exhibit that evolves over time including artists working in the community into which it enters, responding flexibility to the dimensions of the exhibition space and presenting new work by its core artists at each location. Rather than displaying the same works by the same artists, CONSTRUCT is bound only by the very general notion of "building" and artists are invited based upon how compellingly their work speaks to the architecture of life.

Building our world is a complicated affair involving thousands of years of accumulated experience and knowledge. This exhibit aims to showcase the ways in which 18 different artists from the Greater Tampa Bay region find meaning in the architecture of nature, memory, place and society. As Florida's West Coast continues to grow rapidly, there is a need for strengthened connections across our waterways. This exhibit intends to tie into a broader movement towards collaboration between regional art communities by fostering reflection about where we've been and conversation about where we will head.


Artists hail from Bradenton, Dunedin, Palmetto, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa. They include Caitlin Albritton, Catherine Bergmann, Marianne Chapel, Robin Perry Dana, Janos Enyedi, Carol Hill, Bryce Hudson, Kenny Jensen, Jack King, John Kokajko, Nin McQuillen, Chad Mize, Laine Nixon, Joan Peters, Meg Pierce, Jan Richardson, Nathan Skiles, and Christopher Wade.

CONSTRUCT is open to the public with no admission fee. Following the opening reception, the Palmetto Art Center gallery will be open Saturday, October 7th from 11:00AM – 1:00PM and Saturday, Ocotber 21st from 11:00AM - 1:00PM Also, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon – 2PM, and by appointment.