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Neon Nostalgia: Works by Alison LaMons

Alison LaMons, Joy, 2016, Watercolor on paper with iridescent medium, 22" x 30"      © Alison Studios

December 10, 2016 - March 12, 2017

Murray & Ledger Galleries

Alison LaMons, a local emerging artist, uses vibrant watercolor to paint neon signs, both real and imagined. LaMons feels that combination of text and iconography in neon signs gives her the freedom and the vocabulary to shape her message.

Georges Claude displayed the first neon lamp to the public on December 11, 1910, in Paris. Roughly a century later, neon lighting is becoming a thing of the past. For LaMons, a neon sign is the perfect metaphor for life in the 20th century – a “quintessential artifact of a culture, a century, and a country.” It encapsulates our consumerism, artificiality, and the ephemeral nature of it all.

“This is neon. It tells the story of our lives. It shows us all of what we are (the glory as well as the grit), how we live in all its facets and from where we have come in one hundred years of modern and post modern history.”

This exhibition is part of The Arts on the Park Series.



American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony

Edward Willis Redfield (American, 1869-1965), Winter in the Valley, c. 1920s, oil on canvas, 36 x 50 inches, Museum Purchase, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania

December 9 – February 19, 2017

Dorothy Jenkins Gallery & Gallery II

This comprehensive exhibition features one of the Reading Public Museum’s greatest strengths – its collection of works by American Impressionists. The exhibition includes more than one hundred total works, including more than eighty oil paintings and nearly thirty works on paper dating from the 1880s through the 1940s. Outstanding landscapes – ranging from snow covered hills to sun filled harbors – seascapes, penetrating portraits, and remarkable still lifes, imbued with rich textures, reveal the artists’ interest in capturing effects of light and atmosphere in their work.

The exhibition is arranged according to the artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism including those at Cos Cob and Old Lyme in Connecticut; Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Rockport, in Massachusetts; New Hope and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; Taos, New Mexico; and California. In addition, American expatriate artists such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent are examined.

Other leading artists of the movement include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Ernest Lawson, Julian Alden Weir, John Twachtman, Chauncey Ryder, Frank W. Benson, William Paxton, Abbott Thayer, Guy Wiggins, Charles Webster Hawthorne, Colin Campbell Cooper, Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield, among others.



Romero Britto

December 15, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Hollis Gallery

Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Romero Britto is an internationally renowned, iconic pop artist that uses vibrant color, playful themes and hard-edged compositions to capture the attention of both youthful spirits and educated art collectors. Self-taught at an early age, Romero was encouraged to travel to the United States where Pop Art was flourishing. With an unshakable resolve and belief in his own art, Romero spent the next few years exhibiting and attracting the attention of many before coming into his own and traveling to Paris, where he was introduced to the works of Matisse and Picasso, which influenced him to create an iconic style that The New York Times described as, “exudes warmth, optimism and love.” It is this unique talent which has established Romero Britto's reputation and granted him widespread international recognition. Romero’s pop sensibility has lent itself to collaborations with international brands such as Audi, Bentley, CocaCola, Disney, Evian, Hublot, Mattel, and Technomarine, as well as with international sporting events like the FIFA World Cups in 2010 and 2014, and most recently, the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, for which Romero is Global Ambassador. Romero Britto is an artistic activist for charitable organizations worldwide and most importantly, an artist who believes "art is too important not to share." He serves as a benefactor, donating time, art and resources to more than 250 charitable organizations. A firm believer in the role of an artist as an agent of positive change, Romero Britto is committed to developing and supporting the powerful role art plays in world issues. Romero’s work evokes happiness and hope using a visual language all its own that is simply relatable to all.


Made possible thanks to Grace & Marco Franca and Posto9, a Brazilian Gastropub



Polk County Senior Exhibition

Student Gallery

December 17, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6pm

This exhibition highlights the artwork of  Polk County School District senior high school students.

For more information about our Student Gallery, visit our Student Gallery page.

Sponsored by: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union



Tracing Antilles: A Shared Voyage

October 15, 2016 - January 15, 2017

Perkins Gallery

Humberto Castro, Immigrant, 2016, Mixed media on paper, 29 x 41 inches. © Humberto Castro

Tracing Antilles is an on-going project produced by multi-media artist Humberto Castro. Based on a series of historical and visual explorations of the islands of Greater Antilles (Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands), the artist investigates the evolution of culture in this highly complex region. The work does not aspire to be a chronological account of historical events, but seeks to explore impressions, or traces, of collective experience that still influence the Caribbean psyche and artistic expression today.  A key aspect of his project is that of the artistic journey, travelling through the islands and immersing himself in the culture. Many of the works incorporate found objects brought from the islands.

Castro was born and educated in Cuba. He spent the first ten years of his career in Havana; then, in 1989, he immigrated to Paris where he lived for ten years, where he became active in the Parisian intellectual scene.  In 1999, he moved to Miami where the confrontation with his own past and memory inspired him to examine his personal history of migration and displacement within the larger context of Caribbean history.



David Maxim

David Maxim, Time's Speed, 1990, Acrylic on wood, canvas, cotton bags, twine, rope, metal fittings, and Styrofoam, Gift of Kelly Horner, Polk Museum of Art Permanent Collection 2001. 18.1

Three works by Maxim, Four Winds, Time's Speed, and White Circle, were on display in the Taxdal Gallery through December.

David Maxim is a San Francisco-based artist whose mixed media creations are about mythologies, the passage of time and natural forces. In many ways, these works are also connected to the themes of power and vulnerability: raging storms, human strength, psychological challenges and the impact of history. Maxim’s signature expressive style, with its energetic line and spilled color, contributes to depicting power and the anxiety of being impacted by that power.  

David Maxim’s work has been exhibited across the country and in Europe, and has been collected by many museums, including The British Museum in London, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, and Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany.


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