High Springs Art Coop Mission Statement

The mission of the High Springs Art Co-op is to support and strengthen the local and regional art community. We will create an affordable space where artists work, exhibit and sell their work. We will strive to work with the community to improve the overall cultural environment of our neighborhood.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Gainesville Fine Arts Association President, Karen Koegel, struts her stuff with a great showing of her very cool abstracts!

Karen Koegle
All photos courtesy of GFAA photographer Russell
 Crowder.













Karen's husband Charlie manning the ship!



Karen enjoyed sharing her art and all the positive comments about her work.
        Everyone had a great time at the art coop for The Artist of the Month reception for August, Karen Koegel on Friday, Aug. 2. Karen has been president of GFAA for 2014 and has lifted the art club to new heights in just half a year. There is excitement and new blood in the club, adding new art exhibit venues for art club members to strut their art, fun parties, and great informative meetings. If you are not a member yet, or haven't checked out GFAA in a long time, check out their super new website, Gainesville Fine Arts Association and find out all there is to know for Gainesville's best and biggest art club.

       Karen is also the 2014 & 2015 chairperson for the Winter Fine Art Fair at Tioga in March. She has helped grow that show as well so be sure to look for that event in 2015.

       Karen has always been so inspirational in pumping up other artists that she is now finally getting a chance to show her work here at the High Springs Art Coop throughout the month of August. Come visit and check out her very cool work.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Another year, another great party at the High Springs Art Coop, SPIKED ICE!!!


Boy is this turning out to be a hot summer in many ways! Not only is this the hottest party for the summer but we have the most spectacular art! Several of the coop artists will be showcasing new pieces and the gallery is showing Eric's Shupe's amazing sculpture held over for another month.

We will be serving the standard flavors of ice cream but then you can have a variety of delectable topping like butterscotch and mint liquors, spiced rum, Kahlua, and Bailey Irish Cream. You can add nuts, Oreo cookies or M&M's to that mix. And we haven't forgotten those who prefer non alcolholic, with Chocolate syrup and strawberry, blueberries and whip cream toppings. Mouth watering yet? Remember this is a primarily for the mature audiences since there will be alcohol. So hire that babysitter, put on your party hat and come spend a fun evening with all us artists at the High Springs Art Coop.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Eric Shupe, hometown artist, local sculptor soaring to the top, see his work while you can!


Many of us local artists here at the High Springs Art Coop have watched Eric grow with his art in the last year. We almost convinced him to be a coop member at one time. His parents were also very active in our community and a great supporter of local art. His dad and stepmom bought one of my paintings when I first started showing in High Springs.

Eric does such amazing sculptures from silverware, they are just spectacular pieces. His work has exploded to places many miles past his hometown of High Springs and he is winning Best of Show at multiple art festivals, showing at the prestigious Art Basil in Miami, and recently sold a piece to Oprah! So if you want to see his work while he is still a hometown boy we have extended his show into July.  See it now or come on out to our yearly summer party at Spiked Ice, Sat. July 12!

Tina

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Catch it while you can! Alfred Phillips Artist of the Month for May

Alfred in front of his artwork just before his reception this month.


On May 2. we had a great time at Alfred's reception. Lots of friends came by and we had a great night.  Alfred's work is so interesting and beautifully done you can admire it forever. If you haven't seen it, it is a more than worth a trip to the gallery.  Each painting tells a story.   He is extremely talented and is really making his mark as an established artist in Gainesville, South Florida and beyond! Alfred Phillips, May Artist of the Month, has his amazing paintings at the coop for 1 more week!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Painting in the Dark!

Patricia Veatch, Tina Corbett, and Karen LeMonnier ready to go into the gardens.

Tina forgot her easel so she paints with the help of a chair.

Karen and Patricia painting away.

Saturday evening was a fascinating experience for our coop plein air painters, Karen LeMonnier, Tina Corbett and Patricia Veatch. All three of them are part of The Hogtown Plein Air Group and Gainesville Fine Arts Association's plein air group. They were invited by amazing artist, Tim Malles, the organizer for the Hogtown group to participate and paint at The Moonlight Walk at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville. This is a major event for the Alachua Astronomers Club who Tim is an active member of.  They set up several telescopes to observe the heavens and fun things for the public to participate in to educate people to the wonders of astronomy. The gardens soon became full of happy people waiting in anticipation for the skies to clear.

Another local artist and friend, Peter Senesac joined Karen, Patricia and Tina and they were able to start painting at dusk but it soon became extremely dark.  Unfortunately, it was very cloudy so there was little moonlight to help give highlights to the skies to paint and for the astronomers to see the planets and the stars. The night was still fun with delicious strawberry shortcake for the artists made by Tim's wife, Joanne. Karen's husband, daughter and grand kids also came to join her and strolled the gardens, enjoying the evening. When the night took over, Tina soon discovered that her headlamp, which was to help her paint under the stars, actually became a beacon of light to all the local bugs.  Fun was still had by all!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Our own Larry Behnke now officially in the Ribley's Believe or Not Museum

The famous Thumb!
       Larry Behnke is one of our founding members of our art coop and an icon in the town of High Springs where he has lived for many years.  Larry is a great guy, friendly and helpful to everyone.  His work is visable to everyone who visits High Springs in the form of signage, logos, advertising, and he also is a regular writer and member of the staff of the local news magazine The Observer. Well now we can officially say that one of our artists is a member of the famous, Ripley's Believe it or Not museum. This is the story in his own words:

"Now, for a bit of weird...when I was age 12 I wanted to make a sculpture out of a part of my body, so I started saving my fingernails. After 44 years I had enough to make this giant thumb (nails combined with epoxy and cast from a plaster mold). It has a light inside and resembles amber. Last week Edward Meyer (in photo), the purchasing agent from Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, stopped by my house and bought the sculpture for $5,000. It will be displayed in one of their museums. My artistic weirdness has been vindicated. Yeah!"

Larry and Edward Meyer, the purchasing agent from Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum



       Here is a photo of a young art patron looking at Larry's "White Toy, Black Toy" sculpture. It is made of more than a hundred toys, two of each kind - one white and one black. The little girl is trying to match the white toys with the black toys.  You can spend a good amount of time looking at all Larry's unique and one of a kind artwork.

       Larry has a complete wall of unusual and amazing art for every taste. Come on out to the coop and see all his work.  Did I tell you he is an excellent illustrator and photographer, all that he incorporates in his work? Come see his drawings, paintings and 3-d art now!