New Exhibition in April March 22 2017

New Smyrna Beach, FL — Arts on Douglas is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition A Journey with Paint, by plein air landscape artist Joseph Palmerio.  This exhibition will be on view April 1-29, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 1 from 4-7 pm.  During the reception, the gallery will be featuring light refreshments and the smooth jazz stylings of Tres Bien. Then, on Friday, April 28 at 11am, Arts on Douglas will be hosting an Artists Talk and painting demonstration with Joseph Palmerio. All exhibitions, receptions and Artists Talk events are free and open to the public.  

In the feature gallery:
New Works by Joseph Palmerio

On view: April 1-29, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, April 1, 4-7pm
Artists Talk: Friday, April 28, 11am

For Joseph Palmerio’s inaugural solo exhibition at Arts on Douglas, he is presenting work created over the course of the past two years.  The title “A Journey with Paint” references both his journey as an artist honing his craft, and a more literal journey. Joseph has traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad to capture his impression of the world around him; from the open vistas of the Everglades to the mountains of Pennsylvania; rural Georgia and Maryland, and idyllic towns in southwest France.

About his process, Joseph explains that his paintings are an ever-increasing attempt at simplifying a scene by first identifying the underlying shapes, and then building value and depth alongside elements of spontaneity that he describes as being “borne out of maturity, from years of practicing one’s craft.”  He further explains that his brushstroke has developed over the years to become the vehicle by which he expresses beauty- with his work being more about his reaction to the elements than creating a literal interpretation of a scene. 

About the Artist

Joseph Palmerio, born in Philadelphia, PA in 1949, has been a resident of Sarasota for the past twenty-four years. He earned his degree in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. He studied art appreciation at the Barnes Foundation, sculpture at the Frudakis Academy and metal sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, all located in Pennsylvania.  He taught painting in community arts centers in Pennsylvania and Colorado, and spent seven years teaching physically challenged adults in Philadelphia. 

Palmerio exhibits throughout the United States. Numerous private and public collections include his works. In 1988, Acme Market Corporation commissioned him to create six large landscapes for their headquarters in Great Valley, PA. In 1989, the City of Philadelphia contracted him to create a 10’ x 30’ mural for the historic Murphy Recreation Center. In 2004, Motivation, Inc. hired Palmerio to paint two 12’ x 40’ mural of the Mel Fisher Expedition of Atocha Treasure inside the Orlando International Airport. In 2008, he painted a 10' x 40' mural for the Duval House Bed and Breakfast in Key West, FL.  

Arts on Douglas, a division of the Atlantic Center for the Arts, located in New Smyrna Beach, FL proudly represents Joseph Palmerio. He also exhibits with Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, FL and Cortille Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  He has also been selected as an Artist-in-Residence for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, and the Everglades National Park, FL.