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North Tampa artists exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center


Published:   |   Updated: April 1, 2014 at 01:00 PM

NORTH TAMPA – In tandem with its mission to develop, nurture and support the arts and artists in the community, the North Tampa Arts League is hosting Creative Expressions, its member show that runs through April 28.

The main gallery of the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, is the setting and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. is the event’s opening reception. The juried show will be judged by Jeff Donald, executive director of Florida Center for Creative Photography.

Most of the 25 participating artists will be on hand to discuss their works, which range from photography to paintings in a variety of mediums.

Carol Northington, who works primarily with acrylics and a variety of textures and whose works are abstract in focus, will be among them. Included among her pieces will be “Sepia Butterfly.”

“I am doing a butterfly series and my first painting was very colorful so I wanted to do a black/white/sepia butterfly to see if I could make it as beautiful,” she said. “I came across these flowers which were the same kind I used in my other butterfly paintings and I decided to add them and make it three dimensional.”

Photographer Dave Beebe, who has captured most of his wildlife images during his travels abroad, will show some of his close-up shots, including one of a cougar he named “Patagonia Puma.”

NTAL president Arlene Wells’ abstract painting titled, “The Red Family,” and featuring predominately red foliage, will also be in the show.

“When I look at anything I like to break it down into simple shapes and colors,” she said. “My subjects are very ordinary but translating them in this way give them another dimension.”

Some of abstract realism artist John Henne’s work, including his “Marilyn Monroe” painting, also will be included in the show. It’s an acrylic piece he created by using a pallet knife and washes to purposely distort parts of the image.

“The idea is to allow the viewers to use their imaginations to complete the subject,” he said.

Henne is thrilled the event is being held at the Carrollwood center.

“The gallery is a beautiful backdrop for the artists, many of whom are award winning,” he said.

Visit the NTAL website for more information about the organization and its members.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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