Opening reception for Leland Williams at Arts Center

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An opening reception for the Cedar Key Arts Center Gallery opening of an exhibit — Time & Tide — will be hosted by the center’s patrons on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event is free to the public and appetizers, drinks and conversation will be available to all. Come share a little time with the art community at the Cedar Key Arts Center season opener.

Explore the artwork by our invited area artists as they display their vision of the theme Time & Tide. We are sure your emotions will be sparked by the many wonderful pieces on display in the newly renovated gallery space.

James CallIs: Florida photographer and now artist, James Callis is just getting recognized for his wildlife art. His photography has been displayed in the lighthouse at St. Marks, where very few artists have ventured. http://www.jwcallisarts.org/

Donna Leeward: Donna is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Marion County. “I strive to capture the serenity and peacefulness I find in central Florida landscapes on a canvas using oil and acrylic paint. Painting on location can add so much more than just paint to a canvas.

There are many more things our senses pick up when we are there in the moment: smells, sounds, varying light, and infinitesimal color changes. As an artist, there is nothing to quite as astonishing as being able to express all of these sensory images when creating a piece of art and helping others find the serenity I feel while watching the scene emerge around me.”

Bill Roberts: (as written on the StAugustine.com website, Jan. 14, 2016) Bill Roberts knew when he was 3 exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: A real Cowboy. He spent his life fulfilling that dream, and along the way developed an eye and appreciation for images of rural Florida. Bill’s life experiences: his youth spent in the Everglades followed by 35 years as a transient cowboy and, more recently, as a fishing guide off the Levy County coast, have all inspired the art he now creates.

Susan Dauphinee: Susan Dauphinee pursued her art education at Ringling School of Art. She feels her most valuable experiences are endless hours of observation and painting of the landscape. She has taught numerous seminars and has exhibited in art shows and Galleries throughout Florida. Dauphinee has lived on a marsh in Cedar Key, FL for the past 22 years but will soon be moving to a home that she and her husband designed and built on the Suwannee River. Waste Management of North America, Walt Disney Corporation, Santa Fe Community College, Senator Bob Graham, and Adams Mark Hotel are just a few of her collectors. http://www.dauphineecottage.com/

Keith Martin Johns has been known for many years for his romantic landscapes of Florida’s natural wilderness, Keith Martin Johns began another journey. After receiving a Master of Fine Art degree he diversified his art in large format multi-figure narratives, still life, cityscapes, and portrait work. As a professional landscape and wildlife artist, Johns has painted over 500 images from around the state of Florida archiving over 400 into collectible limited edition Giclée prints.

Leland Williams: You will be mesmerized by the exquisite detail achieved in Mr. William’s mixed media sculptural work that invites the viewer to examine the connection between industrial shapes of man made structures and the threatened representation of the natural world. His 2-D art includes oil pastel in miniature, composite, as well as panoramic presentations the subject is nature, comment, and hope. His artistic message is clear: respect, value, and protect the natural world that we have been given. http://lelandwilliamsnatureartist.weebly.com/

Sparkle: Gift Show in the Members Gallery

Cedar Key jewelry and glass artist display their glittery and sparkly wares just in time for the holiday season! Sparkly crafts and jewelry by:

Donna Bushnell, current president of the CKAC, creates hand wire wrapped gold filled and sterling silver jewelry. Most pieces are made with stones hand cabbed by her husband, Jay.

Joan Keinath, stained glass artist at Island Arts, will have Christmas items and wall hangings at the Sparkle show. They will make lovely holiday gifts!

Marie Lewis, Cedar Key area resident, began wire wrapping sea glass eight years ago. From sea glass only, she evolved to include glass beads and crystals. Copper, gold filled and silver have allowed her to create custom shapes and styles, sometimes combining a variety in one piece.

Fused glass artist, Bev Ringenberg, has created a variety of giftable glass pieces and seasonal decorations that will add sparkle to your holiday.

Area artist will be interested to learn that February is the Open art show. This season’s theme is WINGS. All art that depicts some sort of wing or feeling of wing will be displayed. A judge will pick the top three pieces that reflect the theme to receive cash awards. More information will be released at a later date.