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, June 30, 2014
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 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!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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
|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
|The famous Thumb!|
"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|
Sunday, April 27, 2014
|Bird Houses for the bird enthusiast, from Susan Margaritondo|
|Miniature art for the most frugal purse, from Tina Corbett|
|Glorious fruits from Patricia Veatch|
|The Story of Florida through the art of Jim Whiteside|
|Our newest artist, Windy Low's mosaics|
|Christine Schmidt's newest amazing collages|
|Paintings of the river by Karen LeMonnier|
|Whimsical dogs, horses, birds and animals by Audrey Marie Brown|
For lunch I always have to decide between delicious pizza and subs at Pizza 2 Go with my favorite Italians Marco and Rosanne next to the coop and the amazing sandwiches at the True Blue Cafe caddy-cornered from the gallery across the street. My favorite from them is the BLT wrap with soooo much bacon!
Well hopefully we will see you soon in High Springs for great art, great food and friendly people!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
|Acrylic Print by Ron Baughn|
|Photography from UF's Ray Carson|
|New Found Objects Art Sculpture by Larry Behnke|
|Seminole Garnet & Gold by Lon Pettit!|
|Gator magic by Lon Pettit.|
|Pottery and sculpture by Diane Hornby.|