New Feature Exhibition in March February 18 2021

Pushing the Paint

March 6 - 26, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 4-7 PM
Artists Talk and Painting Demo: Friday, March 26, 11 AM

Muhlenbergia Reflection

Joseph Palmerio, Muhlenbergia Reflection, oil/stretched linen, 13 x 25 inches

About the Exhibition

Joseph Palmerio is known for his impressionistic landscapes of the natural world.  While much of Palmerio’s work emphasizes the Florida landscape, he creates paintings wherever his travels take him, from the mountains of Pennsylvania to Southwest France. 

For this, his second solo exhibition at Arts on Douglas, Palmerio presents a new body of work that centers on his use of soft brushwork to capture fleeting moments in nature. From expansive coastal vistas to the vibrating hues of a butterfly at close range, Palmerio’s choice of subject matter is diverse.  He often works en plein air, and his awareness of the constantly changing light and movement in his immediate environment can be seen in his impressionistic, gestural brush strokes. Palmerio elaborates, "My interest lies in the landscape. I use it as a point of departure and as I paint, I search for and express the movements of the scene before me.”  His careful attention to these details adds to the emotional qualities that are characteristic of his paintings.

About the Artist

Joseph Palmerio was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1949 and has been a resident of Sarasota for the past 29 years. He is a 1979 graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and studied at the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, PA. He also studied landscape painting with Louis B. Sloan, sculpture at the Frudakis Academy of the Fine Arts, and metal sculpture at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, all located in Philadelphia.  He has conducted seminars and taught painting in community arts centers and, more recently, developed workshops for physically challenged adults, including sculpture classes for the blind. In 2018, Palmerio led a painting workshop for veterans at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Palmerio has participated in numerous TV and radio segments, including an interview on NPR Arts Edition with Amy Tardiff. Palmerio’s work is in private collections throughout the country and he has also won many awards for his plein air paintings.  Recently, Palmerio won a Merit award for the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society and exhibited in their national show in 2020.  He was also an Artist-In-Residence with the Everglades National Park, Florida, and the Great Sand Dune National Park, Colorado.


L: Joseph Palmerio, Buckeye in Motion, oil/canvas, gallery-wrapped, 30 x 20 inches
R: Joseph Palmerio, Periphyton Rhapsody, oil on stretched linen, 48 x 36 inches