Internationally Acclaimed Artist Vilas Tonape To Exhibit Works in FSC's Melvin Gallery
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2010) -- Florida Southern College's Melvin Gallery will showcase a collection of works by Vilas Tonape, a local artist and professor at Polk State College. The exhibition, titled "Kruti," runs Oct. 1-29, with a free reception beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. The public is invited.
Tonape, a native of India, has been creating art for more than two decades. His work has been displayed internationally to critical acclaim. Working in both figurative and non-representational modes, Tonape focuses on nature. His paintings are "melodies" orchestrated by the artist, rooted in the visual rhythms of gesture and color, and recorded in the subject matter. "Kruti" is the Sanskrit word for "creation."
The Melvin Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and during intermissions of many performances of the FSC Festival of Fine Arts series. For more information, please contact the gallery at 863.680.4743.
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