Lisa Williamson: The Painterly Garden

Lisa Williamson Michael (Rock & Roll). Mixed media on cotton. 56 x 62 inches. Photo by Mark Guezian.

April 11 ­ May 31, 2003

This much-anticipated solo exhibition by Washington, D.C., artist Lisa Williamson features new mixed media work on fiber and wood that comes alive with powerful, saturated colors and abstract imagery.

Ms. Williamson, a member of Florida Craftsmen, spent over 20 years living in Florida on a salt marsh south of New Smyrna Beach. The lush garden environment surrounding her home and studio continues to serve as Lisa¹s inexhaustible inspiration for her creative process.

A gallery guide will be available with accompanying text by J. Susan Isaacs, PhD., Associate Professor of Art History at Towson University and Adjunct Curator at The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts.

Lisa Williamson¹s paintings and works in fiber have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her work is in public and corporate collections including the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, Florida, the Showtime Network in New York City and JM Zell Partners, Ltd., in Washington, D.C.

Exhibition Sponsors: Sonya & Irwin Miller, Millie & Jim Brown, and The Manning Foundation.

Meet Morgan Barr, Gallery Manager

Morgan Barr happened to be in the right place at the right time! And we are so glad she was. A recent graduate from Florida State University, Morgan received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and also enjoyed courses in Art History.

Morgan visited the gallery in late January and immediately began volunteering; in a matter of weeks, she was hired for an open, full-time newly-created position as Gallery Manager.

She looks forward to working with the many volunteers and artists represented in the gallery. Morgan says, "Having grown up in St. Petersburg, I have always been a huge fan of the Florida Craftsmen Gallery. I am looking forward to all the facets this position has to offer, and I'm grateful to have been afforded this opportunity."

As Gallery Manager, her first assignment was attending the intensive Rebecca Bluestone Workshop in February.

Says Morgan, "The workshop was such a terrific introduction to the processes and the tools necessary to become a professional artist. It really got me excited about how I may be able to help our member artists through this position."

Morgan will be in the gallery daily to work with volunteers, correspond with artists, and concentrate on the sale and marketing of artwork by FC Gallery artists. She also recently organized and participated in the Standards Review Committee process.

Morgan asks of our members, "If you have any ideas or concerns regarding the gallery, please share them with me, as I am eager to get as much input as possible. I hope to meet many of you in the coming months, put a face with a name, and know your work even better."

Right now our office staff and volunteers are enjoying the opportunity to get to know Morgan. She is a valuable addition to Florida Craftsmen, and we welcome her organizational skills, pleasant smile and unending enthusiasm.

New Gallery Artists

Amy Evans-McMahon
clay, St. Petersburg

Brenda Gregory
jewelry, Tampa

Camille Ann Brewer
fiber, St. Petersburg

Jack Lester
ceramics, Homosassa

Jan Holstrum
jewelry, Tierra Verde

Kate Groff
fiber, Tarpon Springs

Stephanie Schorr
ceramics, Madeira Beach

Vera Sattler
glass, Melbourne

Survivors Speak: On the Wings of Hope

March 31 ­ April 5, 2003

In recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Florida Craftsmen Gallery and Family Service Centers, Inc. presented this exhibition of butterfly themed artworks created by survivors of sexual violence.

This moving exhibition helped educate the community about the affects of sexual violence while revealing many victims¹ emotions through the power of art.

This project was funded by a grant from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence through the Florida Department of Health and our own Exhibition Sponsors. For more information on Family Service Center programs, contact Maria Sanchez-Masi, Rape Crisis Specialist, at (727) 535-9811.

Exhibition Sponsors: Amy and Christopher Kluth

Paper to Gold: Anniversaries Redefined

January 10 - March 31, 2003

This exhibition opened to a massive crowd on Friday, January 10th, including many artists offering their support to Florida Craftsmen and each other! Many works from this exhibition have been acquired by local and visiting collectors.

The exhibition celebrates Florida Craftsmen's 50th Anniversary with artist renditions of traditional and contemporary anniversary symbols from paper (Year #1) to silver (Year #25) to gold (Year #50). Thank you to curator Karen Valdés for her invaluable assistance and congratulations also to every participating artist. The exhibition ran through the end of March.

Exhibition Sponsors: Mercantile Bank, Millie & Jim Brown, Johnnie Guest, CPA, and the Pinellas County Arts Council

Exhibits

April 11 ­ May 31 Lisa Williamson: The Painterly Garden
Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg

May 23 ­ August 11 Florida Craftsmen¹s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Traveling Santa Fe Gallery ­ Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville

June 13 ­ August 2 A Wealth of Women: Contemporary Perspectives on the Human Form Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg Opening reception: Friday, June 13th

August 8 ­ 23 Say it with Cake Happy Birthday, Florida Craftsmen Member exhibition and fundraiser featuring birthday cakes of all media, shapes and sizes celebrating Florida Craftsmen¹s 50th Anniversary Year. Silent auction and closing party August 23.

September 7 ­ November 2 Florida Craftsmen¹s 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Traveling Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Palm Harbor