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Artists shares color-drenched works at TECO gallery


Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2014 at 09:13 AM

Modern landscape artist Elizabeth Fontaine-Barr, of Lutz, will share 15 canvases that pop with color and burn with imagination during her “It’s all about color” show, a one-person exhibition at the TECO Public Art Gallery, 702 N. Franklin St., Tampa.

Fontaine-Barr’s expressionistic landscape paintings will be on display through June 27 at the downtown gallery.

“I am enchanted by the amazing color, burning light and hidden images within nature’s compositions, stirring emotions in me that I need to capture on canvas,” she said.

Fontaine-Barr, who graduated from the University of New Orleans with a major in painting, participates in juried art shows as well as exhibits throughout the Tampa area.

Trees appear in most of her work.

“Trees represent life and they hold me strong in the present and allow me to grow into the future,” Fontaine-Barr said.

Debra Radke, the curator of the TECO Public Art Gallery, said Fontaine-Barr uses a rich color palette and paints landscapes with a dream-like quality.

“Her images are realistic but not quite recognizable as a particular place, inviting the viewer to linger and wonder,” Radke said.

Radke said TECO hosts six to eight exhibits each year at no cost to artists who mainly live in Hillsborough County and the surrounding areas.

She is seeking more talented artists like Fontaine-Barr to participate in the TECO art program.

“Anyone may apply for an exhibition and if they can fulfill the requirements to exhibit in a public space,” Radke said. “All that is required of the artist is that they provide the necessary materials and be able to deliver and pick up their artworks to TECO Public Art Gallery. I am always available on-site to assist those that are unable to lift and carry their works.”

Radke has served as the curator of the TECO Public Art Gallery since 2003. She said TECO has supported local and regional artists and art groups for more than two decades.

“I am very proud that to date we have exhibited over 55 individual local and regional Florida artists and over 40 group exhibitions,” Radke said.

She said the group exhibitions included The Hillsborough Art Teachers Association; “Project Return,” highlighting the work of developmentally disabled clients; the Hispanic Heritage Exhibition; and the Life Enrichment Center.

Radke typically arranges an art opening as part of the exhibition, which is free and open to the public.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information on how to participate in the TECO art program, email Radke at dradke1@tampabay .rr.com.

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