The Great Pause.
This is the phrase the Florida Women’s Art Association uses to describe the period of reduced activity caused by the cancellation after art exhibitions are canceled due to the pandemic. As art exhibits begin to make a cautious return to local museums and galleries, FLWAA’s latest exhibit examines the growth achieved over the past year, aptly titled âFresh Works 3: Transitionsâ.
âEvery artist took ‘Transitions’, and they used it to express where they were at in their lives – whether it was a landscape painting or women,â said the FLWAA president, LC Tobey. history of their transition.
A total of 28 works by artists are currently on display at The Casements, located at 25 Riverside Drive. The exhibit will run until February 27 and can be viewed during Casements regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. In addition, at 2 p.m. every Thursday in February, an artist member of the FLWAA will host a one-hour salon where, after an introductory lecture, guests can chat with the artist.
The concept for the exhibit and shows came from FLWAA member and photographer Kathleen Pruett, said Tobey. The idea for Transitions inspired the members, who total more than 60 women, to interact with each other to come up with different concepts and ideas, as well as to strengthen each other.
âAs women I think it’s very important – that we network and encourage each other with positive energy,â Tobey said.
Explore a new voice
For FLWAA vice president Janet Bernadini, the big hiatus made her want to find a new way to explore her photography, she said in a press release. She discovered Gelli plate printing, a way to make single prints with printed objects, on YouTube, and she combined that with her photography in a way she describes as reminiscent of screen printing. This technique is presented with his piece “Shorebirds”, which is part of the exhibition.
âLooking at the work on the show, it is very evident that many members have also explored a new voice in their work by looking for new ways to express their ideas,â said Bernadini. “Some have scaled up or down, some have become more introspective, some have become more playful, but all have found ways to continue to grow through their art.”
Tobey’s work falls into the playful category. His glass work of art, “Entering the Mind of Erno Rubik”, deconstructs a Rubik’s Cube to study the thought process of the Hungarian inventor when creating the colorful puzzle.
Although the Ormond Beach resident has worked with glass, both fused and tinted, for three decades, she said she has focused more on this art form over the past five years.
âI just love the way it captures the light and changes the light,â Tobey said. “For me, the light just dances from a glass.”
Make new connections
Tobey’s vision for the future of the FLWAA is also to grow. Most of the members are from Volusia and Flagler counties, but as president Tobey said she aims to find creative ways to connect with artists beyond the local community. With the pandemic going on, that often means using virtual platforms like Zoom.
Yet these connections are an essential part of FLWAA’s mission.
âArtists need to celebrate each other as a way to expand as individuals and as a community,â Tobey said. âSharing each other’s work, I have found, is vital for the sustainability and innovation of the arts. When we intersect with artists of all forms of expression, it creates a spirit that resonates with people. art lovers.
FLWAA would also like to start pop-up shows in the four parks around the Granada Bridge. Art is a great way for people to find an escape, said Tobey. No matter the subject or medium, art makes you feel good.
âArt is an inspiration,â said Tobey. âIt touches the heart. It touches the soul, and I think you come away with a different perspective on your life and the direction your life is going. “