Scenic Spring opening in the Galleries at First Pres

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

“Joy” by Pamela Schwartz

An opening reception for Scenic Spring at the Galleries at First Pres will be held Sunday, April 14, 2019, from 12:30pm to 3:00pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach. Featured local artists include Jean Archibald, Pamela Schwartz, and Paul Williams. Tours will be available with an opportunity to meet the artists, and light refreshments will be served. This event is free to the community. The works will be on display from April 14 through June 1, 2019.

Jean Archibald has been drawing and painting since she was a child. Her work in graphite pencil led her to wonder what her work would look like in color. Her realistic watercolor paintings depict beautiful landscapes, old barns, dilapidated houses, and boats. Of her work, she said, “Being a self-taught artist and having had no formal instruction, my love of watercolor painting has brought me to a level that brings joy to my heart and happiness to the people who love the same and have acquired my works.” Mrs. Archibald is now an instructor at the Sebastian River Art Club and teaches watercolor classes on the first and third Tuesday of each month. For more information on her classes, contact her at keel84@aol.com or at (321) 725-1537.

Pamela Schwartz is best known for her thought-provoking work in exploring human emotion using acrylic and glazing techniques on canvas. Schwartz said, “All of humanity longs to discover their purpose in this life. My purpose is to help you examine yours.” Pamela received her art degree from Humboldt State University in California. She is a mother of three and teaches third grade at Imagine South Vero.

Paul Williams received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, he trained in interior design at the Philadelphia College of Art. He worked as a design associate for several architectural firms in Delaware for twenty years before becoming Design Director for American Design Associates in Baltimore. Upon his retirement to Vero Beach in 1997, Paul took up painting seriously. He took many watercolor classes throughout the years at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. Recently, he began using acrylics as well. Williams most recently won first prize in the watercolor category of the Vero Beach Art Club’s annual “Art by the Sea” exhibition competition. Paul says, very simply, “If I like what I see, I’ll paint it.”

The Galleries at First Pres feature a wide variety of works by local artists, on rotation quarterly throughout the year. The Galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach; they are open for viewing from 12pm to 3pm, Monday through Thursday. Guided tours are available Wednesdays between 3pm and 5pm. Admission is free and open to the community.

For more information, please contact Ginger Lagemann, Music and Arts Administrator, at (772) 562-9088 or ginger@firstpresvero.org.

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