New art exhibit opens at Safety Harbor center

SAFETY HARBOR — “Moments in Nature," an exhibition by artist Christine Eckerfield, will be on display starting Friday through April 30 at the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center, located at 329 Bayshore Blvd South.
An opening reception to introduce the exhibition will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday.  
The exhibition includes pastels created at Fort De Soto Park, Honeymoon Island, and other natural settings in the Tampa Bay area. It is comprised of pastels, completed on location, with an expressive style and high key color. The images include palm trees, oak trees with Spanish moss, palmettos and other lush tropical vegetation. The works also capture waves and reflections and various sky conditions.
Eckerfield’s works of art have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S., including the Florida Museum for Women Artists in Deland, the Fort Walton Beach Art Museum in Fort Walton Beach, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts in Longboat Key, the Donna Gordon Gallery in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Mass. and the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, Calif.
In addition, her work is included in private and corporate collections, including those of Energy Insurance Mutual Limited, Ernst and Young, McDonald and Company Securities, and Marriott. Christine received a BFA and MFA from Kent State University.
Eckerfield, a recipient of the Pinellas County Arts Council Grant for Individual Artists, was born in Parma, Ohio, and now lives in Valrico. She is a member of Plein Air Florida.
The museum and cultural center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact Eckerfield at (813) 464-9498 or

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