New Artist Exhibition 2015 + More May 31 2015

New Artist Exhibition 2015

On exhibit: June 6 - July 25, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, June 6, 4—7pm

New Smyrna Beach, FL —Arts on Douglas presents, New Artist Exhibition 2015, a group exhibition featuring art work by six exceptional artists recently added to the gallery’s roster. The new artists include: Bobbi Baugh, Rose Thome Casterline, Lin Hilf, BJ Lantz, Robert Ross, and John Westmark. The exhibition will be on view June 6 through July 25, 2015 with an opening reception on Saturday, June 6, 4-7pm.

“This spring we held an open call for Florida artists. From an application pool of 40+ submissions, we are excited to introduce six remarkable artists to our roster. These six artists further expand the quality, creativity, and craftsmanship that collectors and art enthusiasts come to expect from Arts on Douglas,” explained Gallery Director, Meghan Martin.

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Bobbi Baugh (mixed media) 
DeLand artist Bobbi Baugh draws on the traditions of hand printmaking and art quilting to create visually complex collages on paper or fabric. The development of pattern and relationships––human, organic, and those that imply causality and consequence––are an integral part of her narrative work. “I believe my work is successful when it evokes a desire to look deeply at the images, to remember them, and to wonder about their meaning,” Baugh stated.

Baugh lives and works in DeLand, Florida. She holds a Masters degree in Humanities and Education and a BA degree in Studio Art with a minor in Speech Communication from Stetson University, Deland, FL. She has had a 30+ year career in commercial printing.

Rose Thome Casterline (painting)
Orlando artist Rose Thome Casterline’s paintings are reflections on the themes of work and play. Her imagery finds a balance between the two concepts, producing a style and attitude that has evolved from experimentation with underpaintings. Thome Casterline is influenced by the intense light, shadow, and thick Southern air of Florida, as well as the gray, cool, crisp neutrals with pockets of saturated hues, characteristic of Northeast Ohio from her childhood. Her figurative paintings are funny and absurd. However, they are made familiar with implied gesture and movement. "My work examines tension, both spatial and figurative, which enables me to contrast subtle mark-making with more energetic, blatant gestural strokes,” ThomeCasterline stated.

Thome Casterline has been exhibiting her drawings, prints and paintings over the past twenty years.Her work has been featured in several publications including New American Paintings (Vols. 34 and 52), House Beautiful, and Coastal Living. Her work is in multiple private and public art collections. She teaches life drawing and painting at Rollins College and Valencia College in Winter Park, FL. 

Lin Hilf (painting)
Jacksonville artist Lin Hilf's palimpsest approach brings the creative mark-making process into focus. Her process involves adding and subtracting layers of paint, texture, and collage to create complex paintings that reference the weathered and worn surfaces of urban environments. "Each layer tells its own story, and as the work progresses there is less emphasis on meaning or subject and more on painting as a manner of working,” Hilf explained.

Hilf earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and received additional training from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, and Penland School of Crafts. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Florida. She has received numerous grants and awards. Lin Hilf maintains a studio in Jacksonville.

BJ Lantz (painting)
Ormond Beach artist BJ Lantz creates contemplative abstract compositions using cold wax and oil paint. Lantz’s paintings harmoniously balance color, space, line and form to create an intimate viewing experience. The artist states “I want the viewer to wonder, to be intrigued by what is underneath, what’s off in the distance. I want them to see things unique to their eye – and to see something a little different every time they step into that piece. I want the piece to tell them a story that belongs only to them.”

Lantz received an AS degree in Graphic Art & Advertising Design from Daytona State College. She studied abstract painting under the tutelage of Fred Samuelson, Flora Bowley, Judy Wise, Patricia Balwin-Seggebruch, Mary Beth Shaw and Suzy Pilgrim Waters, and later cold wax abstraction with Rebecca Crowell and Lisa Pressman at Cullowhee Mountain Arts at Western Carolina University. In addition to her fine art career, Lantz maintains a successful art licensing career in giftware and home decor industries.

Robert Ross (painting) 
Altamonte Springs artist Robert Ross is interested in the beauty, mystery, and hidden life of the ordinary in natural and human-made environments. His paintings focus on unoccupied spaces and how they can suggest absence, continuity, yearning or becoming. The artist explains "My paintings often convey a quiet stillness, a sense that something has just happened or is about to happen, the hint of an unseen presence."

Ross’s paintings have been exhibited throughout central Florida including the Orlando Museum of Art. His work has been featured in Winter Park Magazine. Ross works full time at his studio in McRae Art Studios in Winter Park.

John Westmark (painting) 
What if a city could avoid a flood or other natural disasters by simply moving out of the path of destruction? This question is precisely what Gainesville artist John Westmark addresses in the collection of paintings from his “Superstructure Series.” This body of work radically conceptualizes the potential for art, science, and engineering to create the city of the future. Westmark imagines metropolitan cities built on top of mobile platforms, capable of dodging natural catastrophes. Westmark will also present a selection of paintings that incorporate paper sewing patterns. These paintings explore feminist narratives, mythical figures, and gender stereotypes.

Westmark received an MFA from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has received numerous awards including the Arte Laguna painting prize and exhibition, Venice, Italy, and the Gibbes Museum of Art Factor Prize for Southern Art, Charleston, SC. In 2011, he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant. His work has also been featured in New American Paintings, American Art Collector, Studio Visit Magazine and Surface Design Journal.

Gesamtkunstwerk: A Synthesis of Arts by Liz Gibson

On view through June 13, 2015
Reception to Meet the Artist: Saturday June 6, 4-7pm