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ART EXHIBITS: Arnie Hart Juried Student & NWF State College Faculty Exhibits
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Art Galleries 2016 Spring/Summer Exhbitions

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


9/17/2015 - JANUARY 23 - MARCH 4, 2016

ADSO 24th Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition & 2015 Best-in-Show Winner Margaret Ann Garrett Solo Exhibition

The Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach, Inc., presents the 24th Southeast Regional Juried Fine Arts Exhibition January 23 to March 4, 2016 in the McIlroy Gallery of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. This competitive exhibition perennially attracts top artistic talent from across the southeastern United States and showcases works in a variety of media. Carrie Ann Baade, Associate Professor of Painting at Florida State University, will serve as 2016 juror and judge.

The Holzhauer Gallery features the 2015 ADSO Best-in-Show Winner Margaret Ann Garrett Margaret Ann Garrett of Fort Walton Beach won ADSO’s 2015 Southeast Regional with her charcoal drawing, “Repose”. Garett’s work is recognized for its strong composition, sensitive handling of value, and rich subject matter. Her solo exhibition in the Holzhauer Gallery will include pieces in a variety of two-dimensional media.

The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries are located in the Art Wing of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College and offer touring exhibitions free of charge to the public. The Galleries are open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to all performances in the center’s Mainstage and Sprint theaters (6:00 to 7:30 pm central time). Call (850) 729-6044 for information or to schedule a group tour.

For ADSO information see www.artsdesignsociety.org.

APRIL 1 to 29, 2016 - Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition & NWF State Faculty Art Exhibitions

The Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition and the Northwest Florida State College Faculty Art Exhibitions will be on display April 1 to 29, 2016 in the Holzhauer and McIlroy Galleries at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center on the college’s Niceville campus. The Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. All exhibitions are free of charge.

. The Arnie Hart Juried Student Exhibition is an annual event hosted in the McIlroy Gallery that celebrates the best of Northwest Florida State College student art and honors the memory of longtime college art instructor Arnie Hart. Students practice art professionalism and hone their skills as their works are juried by an artist or curator from outside the local area. The best works are awarded cash prizes totaling $1,500 through an annual gift given in memory of Arnie Hart by his wife, Jean.

The Holzhauer Gallery features the NWF State College Faculty Exhibition -- the annual exhibition by members of the NWF State College Faculty. Art on display in a variety of media will demonstrate the breadth and quality of work produced by NWFSC instructors in their own studio practice.

The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries are located in the Art Wing of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College and offer touring exhibitions free of charge to the public. The Galleries are open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to all performances in the center’s Mainstage and Sprint theaters (6:00 to 7:30 pm central time). Call (850) 729-6044 for information or to schedule a group tour.

MAY 23 to JULY 23, 2016 Unshackled Vision: Salvador Dalí

Over 100 works by Salvador Dalí will be on display in the McIlroy Gallery at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Preforming Arts Center in Niceville in the summer of 2016.

Dalí probed the human unconscious and rendered even the most banal and common of subjects strange and new; his Surrealism changed the course of 20th century art. Highlights of this exhibition include a complete suite of woodblock prints depicting Dante’s “Divine Comedy” which are part of the college's permanent art collection. The free public exhibition also includes the debut of a marvelous new addition to the Northwest Florida State College Permanent Art Collection that will be announced at the exhibition opening.

About The Salvador Dalí Wood-Block Print Collection - In 1951, the Italian government commissioned Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí to create a series of illustrations for a new, septuacentennial edition of Dante Alighieri’s early 14th century masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. Though the government later canceled the commission (public outcry was strong over the choice of a Spanish rather than an Italian artist), Dalí continued work on the project, creating 100 watercolor illustrations.

The original Dali suite, comprised of 100 watercolors, contains incredible imagery ranging from the grotesque to the sublime as Dali followed Dante from the deepest circles of Hell, up the mountain of Purgatory, and into heavenly Paradise. Working with the publisher Sr. Estrade of Italy, and with the assistance of J. Foret and two master wood engravers, Dali then created one hundred woodblock prints of the illustrations. It took four years (1959-1963) for the 3,600 wood blocks to be hand carved, with each block representing either a particular color or a line drawing of an illustration. The original watercolors were then reproduced by the technique of wood engraving, using approximately 35 separate hand carved blocks per print with the Dali signature on the blocks.

Dalí’s original watercolors are now lost to history, but the work lives on in the print suite published by Joseph Foret and Jean Estrade.

In 1999, collector Dotty Blacker, a former Valparaiso resident, donated her complete suite of 100 Dalí woodblock prints to then Okaloosa-Walton Community College. The Northwest Florida State College Art Galleries at the college’s Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center now count the Dali wood block print collection among the most important holdings in its extensive permanent art collection.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries have 100 of The Divine Comedy woodblock prints: Inferno (34 pieces), Purgatory (33 pieces), and Paradise (33 pieces). The Divine Comedy is an epic poem describing Dante’s fictional travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. The work was recognized even in its own time as masterpiece of literature, telling an engaging story in the Tuscan vernacular that on a deeper level presented a broad allegory of Christianity. In the centuries since its first publication, The Divine Comedy has come to be understood as an important theological and philosophical text as well as a window into political and religious life at the dawn of the Italian Renaissance.

The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries are located in the Art Wing of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at 100 College Boulevard on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College and offer touring exhibitions free of charge to the public. The Galleries are open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 90 minutes prior to all performances in the center’s Mainstage and Sprint theaters (6:00 to 7:30 pm central time). Call (850) 729-6044 for information or to schedule a group tour.