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, April 7, 2014

Fun in Alachua, the Coop struts their stuff!

It was a beautiful and successful day for the High Springs Art Coop tent at Alachua's Spring Festival. We had a blast and many many visitors! We hope lots of new people come out now to our first Fridays, Artist of the Month receptions! Thanks to our artist, Jim Whiteside for putting it all together and every other coop member who helped make it a success! Larry Behnke, Sharon Isern, Diane Hornby, Audrey Marie Brown, Ray Carson and Jim Whiteside all worked the booth. They all thought that they made lots of new friends and introduced many new people to our art coop making it a very positive experience.

The booth looked very professional and had a sampling of most of our artists work for sale.

Coop members Photographer Ray Carson and Artist Audrey Marie Brown

Coop Artist Jim Whiteside

Monday, March 31, 2014

Look what our artist's have been up to.....

Christine Schmidt sold one of her pieces at the Parks Ford/Lincoln of Gainesville at 3333 N Main Street in Gainesville. Did you know that many coop artists and many other Gainesville artists have work hanging at the Ford dealership that are all for sale? Go by and check it out.

Patricia Veatch, Karen LeMonnier, and Tina Corbett have been painting throughout the winter on Friday mornings all over Alachua County.  Look at Karen all bundled up, painting at Dudley Farms. Many of their paintings are now for sale in the coop gallery.

Karen's four paintings
Tina's Three.
Karen LeMonnier and Tina Corbett both participated in the plein air paintout just outside of Hawthorne, FL at Little Orange Creek. The paintout was a fundraiser for Bartrum Historic House which is on the property. It was a wonderful location with all but one day, great weather. Their work is for sale and on display at the Hawthorne Historical Museum on Main Street in Hawthorne. They had a blast.  Tina left two pieces with the museum and took two to the GFAA Winter Fine Art Festival at Tioga this last month and sold the piece below!

Streamside by Morning Light SOLD! at Tioga.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Coop is full of Magic this month with Tina Schneider, Multi Media Sculpter!

Tina had a great reception for her Artist of the Month, event, Friday, March 7. The unique one of a kind fairies are a hit and a few have sold.  Check them out before they are gone, hanging the entire month of March! Put some magic in your life!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Linda Pence packs the house!

Linda Pence and friends

Coop artist, Karen LeMonnier and Bonnie Del Rosal from Garden Gallery in Alachua.

It was a great night, on Feb. 7 with our Artist of the Month, Gainesville's Linda Pence.  Linda's art is amazing and hanging until the end of February.  Her work is edgy and so expertly executed. Each multi media piece is a story. You could get lost for hours just admiring her work. Linda is an accomplished artist, lived and studied many years in New York before becoming a member of the Artisan's Guild Gallery in Gainesville. We are privileged to have her exhibit at out coop gallery and know her as a friend.

Make sure you get out to the coop to view this show before it is gone.

Monday, January 27, 2014

And the winner is......Patricia Veatch and Karen LeMonnier!

At a reception last weekend for the Gainesville Fine Arts Association Member's Winter Show - 2014, Patricia Veatch won the prestigious Edith Moore Portrait Award. Her picture above is called "Duke, the Cow-herder, circa 1870." Karen LeMonnier won an Award of Merit for"Our House." Congratulations to our coop artists!

This show runs yearly and is held on the second floor Art Exhibit Hall at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville. Why not check out the exhibit at the beautiful church? This is the telephone number if you wish to check visiting hours, 352-376-6615.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

HSAC's Christmas Float Willie Wonka, Oompa Loompa's and the Chocolate Float win Second Place in the Alachua Parade!

On a shaky weather day in December we marched proudly in the afternoon parade in Alachua and were stars!  Coop members, Karen LeMonnier, Lon Pettet, Lon's wife Linda Pettet, Diane Hornby, coop friend, Jo Jo Trembly and Tina Corbett were Oompa Loompa's. Tina Corbett's husband Jay, was a superb Willie Wonka and Karen LeMonnier's husband, Larry, was our trusty driver of the float. We had so much fun. We want to thank Karen for all her hard work.  The float is her project and she works all year collecting custumes, accessories and props for the float. Then it was a cooperative effort to put it all together for the parade.

Seeing all the children along side of the road of the parade route is such a amazing feeling as they get such a kick out of us.  Unfortunately, High Spring's Christmas parade, scheduled in the evening, was rained out by a torrential storm that came through Alachua County at about 5pm. By then, the Oompa Loompa's and Willie were all cozy at Karen's house and then most of us went in the rain over to Bev's Barbeque in High Springs to finish the great day for a great meal of barbeque!

High Springs Parade was rescheduled for the following weekend but unfortunately we didn't participate, many of our Oompa Loompa's had left town for the holidays. Next year we will come back even better!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Shout out to Coop artist, Audrey Marie Brown. Her design selected by the Swedish Valhund Club of America!

First let me apologize that our blog took a bit of a vacation. My computer went down and all my pictures were in it.  I still do not have that computer back but was able to reconstruct some of our stories and pictures from old emails. Lot's of great things happened in December at our gallery. I will try to catch up all the happenings in the next two weeks. So keep checking we will have lots of interesting stuff!  Thanks for your patience, Tina.

It has been a month since we found out that our watercolor & acrylic artist, Audrey Marie Brown combined her two passions, her beloved show dogs and her art.  Marie, as we call her, raises and breeds rare dogs, called a Swedish Valhund. These adorable dogs that look like shepherds with short legs are a source of Marie's pride and joy. She has one many awards at numerous prestigious dog shows with them.  As quoted from Wikipedia, the Swedish Valhund distinguished itself during the age of Vikings, more than 1,000 years ago, Known as the "Viking dog", it was bred to herd cattle, catch vermin, and guard the home. In December, Marie won another award this time using her artistic talent. In her own words:

"My design of a Swedish Vallhund wearing an authentic Viking helmet was selected to be used  by the Swedish Vallhund Club of America as a fund raiser at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show that was held on Dec. 15 in Orlando. The image was printed on Christmas ornaments. Another of my designs was chosen to be used in the premium lists and the advertising for the Swedish Vallhund Southeast Regional Specialty. The specialty will be held in conjunction with the Eukanuba shows. A bitch that I bred named CorVal bless Yer Cotton Socks, who is currently #1 in the  US, is competing, as is a young male that I own. My fingers are crossed!!!"

Come into the coop and get to know Marie and she can tell you how her dogs did! She usually works on Sundays but you can ask any coop member and they will check the calendar to see when she is scheduled. Marie and her family reside in Lake City.