Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Features Artists of the Hamptons
TARPON SPRINGS - On Wednesday, July 8, at noon, Jean Gollay will discuss Harbor Entry at Light, Venice, 1975 by Syd Solomon, a work on loan from the Benjamin and Jean Gollay Collection. The painting is currently exhibited in the LRMA Rattner Contemporaries Gallery and is part of the Artists of the Hamptons exhibition on view through November 8, 2009.
As an Abstract Expressionist artist, Solomon's paintings are often large, bold, colorful abstractions that are environmentally responsive - particularly his water views. In Harbor Entry at Light, Venice, Solomon draws inspiration from the jettied entrance into the harbor in Venice, Florida as the sun rises in the east.
Solomon maintained a home on Siesta Key in Sarasota where he spent the winter months until the 1950s when it became his primary residence. He had a summer home and studio in the Hamptons for over fifty years. He is known in Florida as the artist who influenced the development of avant-garde art in our state. On a national level he is known as an important artist of the Hamptons in New York.
The Artists of the Hamptons exhibition of 11 works represents American artists working in the Hamptons art colony of Long Island as well as the stylistic directions of American abstract expressionist art during the 1950s through the1970s. The display includes works by Robert De Niro Sr., Dorothy Dehner, Elaine de Koonig, Ibram Lassaw, Robert Motherwell and Syd Solomon.
The On the Easel program introduces a work of art from the permanent collection, recent acquisitions or objects on loan that relate to a current special exhibition. Each short program is presented by a LRMA staff member or an art professional and is followed by an informal question-and-answer session. This program is held at noon and is free with admission.
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is located just west of U.S. Highway 19 at 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday. Sunday hours are from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free to children and students with ID. Sunday admission is free and docent tours are offered at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Isabelle's Museum Store is open during regular business hours. Please call ahead for information or directions (727) 712-5762.
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