The artwork of Everglades painter Jo-Ann Sanborn is currently on display in the Gallery Café inside the Blair Audubon Visitor Center at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Hers is the first of four exhibits in the 2019-2020 Gallery Café Artists Series.
Sanborn writes on her website:
"As I child in Gloucester, MA I would sit by the sea for hours drawing the waves. I wondered about the lives of the rocks and trees on my walk to school. As a young mother I found solace in the garden, and grew and preserved much of our food. I knew every plant and bush, every animal on ten acres of land. I raised sheep and dyed their wood, and taught classes on using natural dyes. I always had a painting on my easel.
"Twenty-four years ago I moved to a new environment, South Florida. Everything in the natural landscape was alien. My response was immediate and visceral. I fell in love and began to paint more seriously.
"The Everglades has a story to tell. The forms of the palms, water and skies are ancient and familiar—but their composition, light, and color are unique to each day. I do not want to merely recreate the images, but to integrate their specialness into moments of lasting memory The horizontal and vertical aspects of the forms within the Everglades intrigue me. Compositional balance and color harmony are important to me. The light source is another aspect to be examined and explored. I continue to find inspiration here.
"The paintings are most often created using a fabric support and acrylic paint, although I sometimes use oil or watercolor when circumstances dictate. The quick-drying, forgiving nature of acrylic allows me to build and trim the forms until I’m satisfied. Usually it takes many layers of paint on and around the images to give them depth and a rich breath of the life they deserve.
"The Everglades is a prickly but fragile land. It’s a nursery to the Gulf and to the Atlantic, one of the most important systems that make our world healthy. I hope my paintings of this landscape will bring the joy of nature into your home.
Opening Reception for Jo-Ann Sanborn on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. Register in advance for the reception on Eventbrite
The Sanctuary’s Café offers a perfect setting for all of these exhibits. The Café serves drinks, lunch and snacks so that visitors can enjoy the artwork while resting within a comfortable air-conditioned seating area that has high ceilings and a deck with a view of a pine forest.
October 1, 2019 through November 29, 2019: Jo-Ann Sanborn
Paintings featuring the Everglades.
July 1 through September 30, 2019: 2018 Audubon Photography Awards
A touring exhibit featuring 12 spectacular bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.
April, May and June 2019: Leslie Peebles - Wood Block Prints
February and March 2019: Leigh Herndon - Direct Dye Painting, Rozome and Hot-Wax Resist
December 2018 and January 2019: Tara Funk Grim - Acrylic Collage
October and November 2018: Tim Parker - Figurative Abstracts in Oil, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas
August-September 2018 RJ Wiley - Nature Photography
May 2018: Gary Roche - Photography
February and March 2018: Victoria Hamachek - Wildlife Artist/Paintings
December 2017 and January 2018: Peter Gerbert - Wildlife Artist/Paintings
October and November 2017: Barbara Gurry Growell - Watercolor
August and September 2017: RJ Wiley - Nature Photography
June and July 2017: Jim Hoover - Photography
April and May 2017: Adorable Monique - Fine Art
February and March 2017: John Costin - Bird Artist
December 2016 and January 2017: Donna Murphy - Abstract Nature Photography - Photographs of Tree Bark
October and November 2016: Jesse & Linda Waring - BirdWalk Photography – Nature Photography as Art
December 2015 and January 2016: Pedro and Brian Zepeda - Seminole Artists and Historians https://www.facebook.com/pedrozepedaseminole
August and September 2015: RJ Wiley - Nature Photography www.rjwiley.smugmug.com
June and July 2015: Maurice Barancik - Photography Mauric Barancik Exhibit
April and May 2015: Josh Manring - Photography Journeymangallery.com
February and Mach 2015: Dennis Goodman - Photography http://dennisgoodmanphotography.com/
December 2014 and January 2015: Mac Stone - Photography www.macstonephoto.com/
October and November 2014 Gordon Hartshorne - Woodcut Prints www.gordonhartshorne.com/
August and September 2014: Rosemary Allen - Paintings http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/rosemary-allen.html
June and July 2014: RJ Wiley - Photography www.rjwiley.smugmug.com