Melvin Art Gallery exhibits Watercolors by Elliot O’Hara
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2006) — Florida Southern College will present the paintings of Elliot O’Hara, a mid-20th century watercolorist, in the Melvin Art Gallery. “‘Ring of Fire:’ Watercolors of the Pacific Shores” runs Oct. 6 through Oct. 30. An opening reception takes place Oct. 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
O’Hara, a famed watercolorist of the 1920 to 1960 period, was a world traveler. This exhibition, which covers his entire career, shows his paintings of the Pacific Rim from Chile, Mexico, California, Oregon and Alaska to Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii. The exhibit is on loan from the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Fla.
O’Hara won awards from the American Watercolor Society for his innovative techniques with watercolor. Six books were written from 1932 to 1965 about his discoveries, which for several generations showed thousands how he could create any effect he wanted with the difficult medium. He is represented in more than sixty museum permanent collections and was the most popularly known watercolorist in America during the 1930’s to 1950’s.
The Melvin Art Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during intermissions of many performances of the FSC Fine Arts Series. For more information, please contact the gallery at (863) 680-4743.
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