Carol Elder Napoli with guest artist Gregory A. Jones May 30 2012

Exhibition dates: June 2 - 30, 2012
Opening: Saturday, June 2, 4-7 pm

This June, Carol Elder Napoli will share the spotlight with colleague and Arts on Douglas’ guest artist, Gregory A. Jones.   Both artists will present bold works that seem to be as much of a journey for the artists as they are for the viewer.

Carol Elder Napoli, a resident of New Smyrna Beach, has been showing and winning art shows for decades with her spiritually moving works.  Carol’s works are made with layers of acrylic paint and acrylic mediums worked over with various washes of transparent color.  The textural areas she creates direct the eye within the compositions and builds interest in surface.  Her “weaving” process of surface, color, images and abstracted compositional shapes are the tools used to form narrative themes expressing life in spiritual terms.   Using acrylic paint upon 300 lb. rag paper or board, the works display a “history” of marks and images, which have been created by the previous layers. Charcoal is often used mixed with mediums to offer various blacks and drawing marks. 

On her new works, Napoli states “I enjoys both the formal aspects of art and its’ less easily defined intuitive and emotional side. I desire to create images that speak to the heart as well as bringing interest and delight to the viewer.”

The works of Gregory A. Jones are also an exploration of the spirit.   Jones strives to develop “layered” paintings that capture the unconscious; images that speak to us about the “human condition, our place in the environment and/ or something of the future. 

“I simply follow paths through the woods as I did as a child.  The idealism of my youth and the realism of my adult life run head-on in my work, forming an expression that merges seriousness, playfulness, and superficiality with depth.  To reach inside and free the creative child within each of us is what my art is about” Jones states.

Napoli received her B.F.A. degree from Florida State University in 1976.  She has been painting and showing her work throughout the country for the past 30 years. 

Jones received his undergraduate degrees from Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL, 1966, and the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 1968. He has won more than 100 Best of Show Awards and has accumulated a list of more than one thousand awards in art competitions throughout Florida.

An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  The exhibition will be on display until June 30, 2012.  Works by Carol Elder Napoli may be viewed online at

About Arts on Douglas Fine Art and Collectibles: A unique commercial art gallery located in the arts-rich community of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Founded in 1996 by Doris Leeper, artist and Atlantic Center for the Arts founder and artist/benefactor Ed Harris, Arts on Douglas promotes the work and careers of prominent Florida artists. Formerly a used furniture warehouse, and originally a 1930's era Ford showroom and service center, the space was magnificently transformed and has since become a community gathering spot for a discerning mix of art lovers, patrons, and artists.