Galleries at First Pres 5th Anniversary Art Show

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The Galleries at First Pres will offer an opening reception of the Fifth Anniversary Art Show on Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The show will feature the works of local artists Cy Rochon, Pat Traver, and Anne Whitney. The galleries are located throughout the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard in Vero Beach. Admission is free, light refreshments will be provided.

The Red Tank – Watercolor by Cy Rochon

Cy Rochon was the sole fine arts educator in a small Massachusetts high school for nine years before leaving the profession to follow his dream of fixing up old houses and reselling them as a full-time career. This expanded into rentals and more. Being a “cold winter hater”, Cy promised himself to relocate in Florida when possible. Beginning in 1977, he and his wife spent many years as snowbirds between Massachusetts and Florida. While in Venice, FL, Cy became enthused about watercolor painting (which he had never done before) after attending a number of demonstrations by talented watercolor artists. That, plus a lot of practice, got him started. Since then, he easily switches back and forth between watercolor and oils as his whim or subject demands. Very recently, Cy has been experimenting with Mixed Media using acrylics, collage and other materials. He says this work has had a “freeing result” on his paintings, which he enjoys.

Patricia (Pat) Traver cultivated a creative vein in early youth. She attended several high schools, including Mount Saint Mary Academy in New York and Lake Worth High School in Florida. In addition to academic courses, she studied several facets of the arts including photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and art history. Encouraged to attend collage by her teachers, it was not to come to fruition. She decided to assist in the family business due to her father’s failing health. Soon married and raising a family, art was left behind and a career as an office manager/bookkeeper ensued for 40 years. Now in retirement, she has returned to her passion, experimenting in many mediums. Her current favorites are oils and colored pencils. After attending several painting workshops under the tutelage of Victor Liguori, she has reinvented herself as a successful artist. Her works are in private collections in New York, Vermont and Florida. She has exhibited at the Lock 5 Studio, Mimosa and Saunders Gallery of Fine Art in New York.

Faces have always held Anne Whitney’s interest. As a child, she found faces in everything from clouds to the grain of wood on a table. She enrolled in private art classes in the seventh grade and her love of art continued from there. She went on to become an art teacher, beginner her career in New Jersey. In 1982, she moved to Vero Beach where she became the art instructor at St. Edward’s School until her retirement in 2014. Now, a happily retired Anne enjoys the time and space to explore her talents. “Finding movement and energy in the model or composition is the most liberating, fun part of the process”, says Anne. She feels strongly that artists should be allowed to stray from the “hard and fast rules” and use their creativity to their advantage in the process toward a meaningful conclusion. This past year and a half, all the live models and art groups disbanded and so Anne entered her studio to paint dogs, cats, siblings, grandchildren, and flowers for free. Most have been from photos. Many have gone to their respective recipients except for a few that will be featured in the current show. Anne looks forward to getting back to larger, bolder, and more experimental paintings with more abstract characteristics.

The Galleries at First Pres feature a wide variety of works by local artists, on rotation 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, and on Sunday mornings between church services. 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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