September 2011 - Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong August 24 2011

New Work – Abstracts!

Opening reception: Saturday, September 3, 4-7pm
Exhibition dates: September 3 – 24, 2011

Each month Arts on Douglas, the downtown New Smyrna Beach art gallery, features a new exhibition. For the month of September the gallery is pleased to present the most recent body of work by one of Florida’s most notable artists, Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong.  What makes this exhibition unique is that this well-known Florida artist has had a transformation in his work.  This body of work is all about color!
Eitharong has spent the better part of the last 30 years exhibiting his large-scale photorealistic portraits and mixed-media assemblages dealing with paradoxes of war in galleries and outdoor art festivals throughout the U.S.  However for the month of September, Eitharong will fill the walls of the AOD’s featured exhibition space with highly colorful, spontaneous, discerning abstract paintings. His approach to this “new chapter” of work is just as intuitive as his approach to his latter, with special attention to mark making and drawing as well as color.
“This is a very exciting exhibition,” comments Meghan Martin, Gallery Director, “it is not very common for an artist to have the ability to transform their work so completely and successfully.  I admire Tony’s capacity to continually challenge himself.”
“New Work – Abstracts!” will be Eitharong’s gallery debut for this body of work.  The exhibition will open to the public with an opening reception on Saturday, September 3, 4-7pm.  The artist will be present for the reception.  The exhibition will run through September 24.  This event is held in conjunction with the New Smyrna Beach Downtown Arts District Gallery Walk that includes galleries located on Douglas and Canal Streets.