by Dana Whitten – The Corsair
On Feb. 5, the Artel art gallery, at 505 South Adams St., hosted a most unique show accepting all types of work from various artists. They called it “The Neo Realistic Abstract Expressionistic Romantic Modern Surrealistic Impressionistic Show.” The exhibit runs until March 5 and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The colors were vibrant and the people were alive as the art omitted a beautiful, warm aura throughout the halls. Maria Butler Goldberg, former executive of the Pensacola Museum of Art, juried and judged the diversified art. It ranged from abstract art to having to wear 3-D glasses in order to get the full effect. Acrylic paints lit up the already shining room and artists laughed and shared their intricate techniques with one another.
Along the walls hung the masterpieces of those creative individuals such as Paula Perdue’s “Message in Red”, an oil of a nude against a blood red backdrop. Another painting that showed an outburst of true creativity was Will Crane’s “Heart Shaped Box: a skull in the shape of a heart in the middle of a geometric background brings to life many mind boggling thoughts like the significance of the skull and heart comparison, as well as how far art has traveled since its beginning.
Not even gravity could have held down the true talent oozing through the artists in this show. Although this was the first event I attended at Artel, I am very excited to see what they have in store for us next.