Arts

Local sculptor dabbles in the whimsical

November 28, 2017 - 00:54
A working lighthouse that local sculptor, Jeff Guzlas made from a discarded piece of pipeline. It is sited at Cody's RV park in north Weeki Wachee. Photo  by Sue Quigley

I just love this place,” said artist Jeff Guzlas of the 15-acres of natural old Florida land and small RV park he bought 15 years ago.

Located between a golf course community and thousands of acres of nature preserves, his park is located close to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and the Gulf of Mexico.
A builder by trade from northern Illinois, Guzlas bought the property in 2004 and never wants to leave.

Art Club students to create mural depicting women's club history

October 16, 2017 - 23:40

Every week approximately 15 students make the trek uphill from Hernando High School through downtown Brooksville to the historic wood framed building which is home to the Historic Brooksville Women’s Club of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

They file in quietly, but with much anticipation for the work to come. Laying down their backpacks, they partake of home baked cookies, made by club member Tina Dolan along with lemonade.

Who built it? Artist Lewis Watkins of Brooksville

August 15, 2017 - 10:11
Sculpture by Lewis Watkins at the West Hernando Library

Lewis Boone Watkins was an accomplished artist from Brooksville. Internationally, his artwork is part of permanent collections in the National Museum in Santiago, Chile and the Vatican Museum in Italy. Nationwide his work is displayed at the West Virginia Fine Arts and Cultural Center, John Davis Fine Arts Center in West Virginia, Leslie Stephens Fine Arts Center in Alabama, Florida State Museum, in the State Capitols of Florida, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas and Tennessee, not to mention numerous other private, corporate college and university collections.

Tracking down August Herwede's animal menagerie

July 01, 2017 - 12:10
August Herwede's headless dino on 476

August F. Herwede was a local sculptor who had an accomplished encore career. He had a long career as an interior decorator and after his wife passed away began to sculpt animals in his late 70s. In the three years between the passing of his wife Augusta Herwede and his death, he created quite a collection of cement animals. The most well known of them being his headless dinosaur.

Local artist finds passion for painting

June 16, 2017 - 10:32

photos of artwork provided by artist

In many instances, as people age, some lose the desire to try new things. Others may simply feel that it’s too late for them to discover any hidden talents or to try something new. This is not the case for Susan Burke, however, who discovered she has the talent and passion for oil painting, only about four or five years ago.

Weeki Wachee student artists recognized by Congressman Webster

May 04, 2017 - 10:13
Congressman Webster with Roxanne Campbell's 2D art class

Weeki Wachee High School art teacher, Roxanne Campbell was beaming with pride on Friday morning April 21, 2017. Fourteen of her 2D art students were personally recognized by US Congressman Dan Webster for participation in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Winners of the competition were selected from more than 86 high school students in Lake, Sumter, Hernando, Citrus and Marion Counties. Two of the 14 Weeki Wachee students who submitted entries placed in the competition.

Remembering Rosenquist and his Aripeka Love

April 07, 2017 - 09:19
James Rosenquist at his studio in Aripeka in 1988. Photo by Russ Blaise.

An artist by the name of James Rosenquist fell in love with the still waters and wild landscape of Aripeka, a rustic fishing village on the border of Hernando and Pasco Counties. While his sleek, sophisticated boldly vibrant brush stroke left an indelible mark on the international art world, Aripeka made an indelible mark on him.

Artist's sculptural ingenuity brings in business

March 31, 2017 - 18:10
Above: Mrs. Grout car by Scott Freeland; Below: Praying Mantis by Scott Freeland

Oftentimes when individuals think of a sculpture, they picture things like the classical Roman or Renaissance figures, hewn in great detail from massive blocks of marble. While these works are beautiful in their own right, stunning work is being completed by many modern day artists, like Scott Freeland. His subjects take their form, not through cut and polished stone, but rather foam and many other contemporary materials.

Eclipse Exhibit Open at PHSC Gallery

March 30, 2017 - 13:38

Many of us have always been fascinated by the wonders of the world around us. Among the many things in our world that have captured the interest and inspired the imagination of artists across time and space, are the stars. With new scientific discoveries being made all the time, one artist has used these discoveries to shape her representations of the world around us.

33rd Annual Art in the Park

March 18, 2017 - 20:50
33rd Annual Art in the Park

The 33rd Annual Art in the Park was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to go to the event this past Sunday, and was amazed at just about every aspect of the art show. Held at Tom Varn Park, local artists, as well as those from around the state and across the country, lined the paved walkway that meandered through the beautiful location.

Jan Knowles is the Projects Coordinator with the Hernando County Arts Council (HCAC), and has worked with Art in the Park for about 15 years. When we spoke, she explained some of the history behind the event and how it came to be.

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