May 21 to August 6 – 2014
Featuring the works of Christina Wyatt and Karen Swanker.
About the WATER LIFE featured artists
Ocean of Dreams
Florida is my native home. After growing up in Miami I lived for four wonderful years in Caribou Maine beginning my formal education in fine art at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. I then relocated to Richmond Virginia. It was there where I raised my son while earning my BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Fine Art.Later,I returned to South Florida to live and work full time on my art.
Visit Christina's website @ www.cpwyatt.com.
A native Pennsylvanian, Karen Swanker retired to Marco Island, FL in 2004. Always creative and artistic since getting her 1st box of Crayola crayons, her serious study of art and design began with winning a design contest for the Horsham Township seal in PA. Awards came in the form of a scholarship for Saturday classes at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia followed by earning an Associate Degree at Hussian School of Art for illustration and advertising also in Philly.
New Blooms 24" x 36"
Homage in Orange 26" x 40"
A move to the Pocono Mountains led the way to opening The Village Craftsman, a retail craft supply shop at Blueberry Hill. For the next 11 years, she taught every craft from macrame to stained glass to tole painting. After selling the craft business, she returned to college to finish her art degree. She graduated magna cum laude from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Fine Arts for Art and studies in computer graphics. During her studies, internship was done at the Gingerbread Gallery in Hawley, PA giving her gallery experience.
After graduating, she worked for Trent Graphics in Stroudsburg, PA which afforded her further experience in framing and matting. "I wanted to learn all the processes that go into finishing art work". An opening in the advertising department shifted her focus to designing the pre-sale advertising sent to over 600 colleges and universities across the country. "It was the most challenging and rewarding job I ever held." She retired after 12 years with the company.
Retirement has allowed her time to find her own style and pursue her creative voice. Working in watercolor, acrylics and currently oils, the theme of local environs, florals, shells, land & seascapes are her current subjects.
Painting with oils in the impressionist style, light and reflections of sky and foliage are translated into energetic dashes of juxtaposed colors. The result is a riotous composition of floating lily pads and colorful reflections of life around the pond.
Online at www.karens.fineartstudioonline.com
Featured in Marco Magazine
Marco Island Center for the Arts, Marco Island, FL
Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, Marco Island, FL
United Arts Council, Naples, FL
The Von Liebig Art Center
Teton Arts Council, Driggs ID
M.I.F.A. - Marco Island Foundation for the Arts
No outside photography, food or drinks permitted on the property. Applies to all events.