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.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Coop Artist Plein Air Painting through out Gainesville! At Matheson House and Dudley Farm

Our artists are all over the place these days. You can find their work in almost every venue throughout the county!

During October four co-op artists, Karen LeMonnier, Tina Corbett, Patricia Veatch and Elaine Hines had a spectacular weekend painting the historic Dudley Farm in Newberry, FL. They were joined by many other Plein Air artists from Gainesville and beyond. Most artists were part of Gainesville Fine Arts Association including GFAA's Portrait Group that meets every Tuesday and GFAA's Plein Air Group that meets every Friday.

On Saturday and Sunday many artists led by our own portrait artist, Patricia Veatch, painted local Dudley models dressed in period costumes in a tent set up for portrait painting.

In September, our artists also painted at the historic Matheson House for another Plein Air event hosted by the Gainesville Fine Arts Association.

You can also see their Plein Air work at Picture This! Frame Shop & Gallery, 3225 SW 35 Blvd, Gainesville, through Nov. 15, 2014. 

Finally, the resulting work of Matheson and Dudley Farm will be presented and shown at a Plein Air Show at the Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Ave, in Gainesville, Nov. 12 - Nov. 23.

Thanks to our artist, Marie Brown for these great pics. Another co-op artist, Jim Whiteside and Marie visited us at Dudley and took these great photos. 

Check out our work! 

Karen LeMonnier at Dudley.

Elaine Hines at Dudley.

Tina Corbett painting Susie the mule at Dudley.

Best buds, Karen LeMonnier and Patricia Veatch hanging near the portrait tent.

Elaine's Painting

Karen's Painting

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Incredible Portraits on display and for sale throughout Oct at the High Springs Art Coop!

   High Springs Art Co-op is proud to present the work of Gainesville Fine Arts Association Portrait Group which will include three award winning artists. Our own Patrica Veatch, Gainesville's Jane Polkowski Levy and Nika Zakharov of Alachua.  All three have won best of show in the past year. 

          Nika won Best of Show for the 2014 Summer Show at Parks Lincoln Ford, on display at Parks in Gainesville until Nov. 20. Patricia won Best of Show at the 2013 Art for All Season's at the previous Doris Art & Cultural Center and 
Jane won Best of Show at the 2014 Gallery Show at Oak Hammock in Gainesville.

          This group which includes an eclectic mix of artists throughout Alachua County, meets and works weekly, painting from interesting, local, portrait models. We enjoy and encourage each other and have grown in our skills through this collaboration. 
          We hope you enjoy our work.  All work will be on display and for sale at the coop gallery throughout the month of October.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another successful showing for Artist of the Month, Sept., at the High Springs Art Coop!

          As Marilyn Gray's exhibit comes to an end, Weds. she sold almost all her beautiful handmade books and some of her original art pieces. Three more days to see her lovely work.  Here are pics from her opening reception.

Marilyn Gray and her beautiful work.

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

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!