Accomplished artists Trish Vevera and Karen Ann Patton share the space at Grand Gallery at Grand Living Realty.
On the morning of the reception for the new art show at Grand Gallery, artist Trish Vevera drove her truck back to Palm Coast from Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka where she was among 25 artists who lived in cabins for a week and painted feverishly, inspired by the natural surroundings.
“I did two paintings a day, one this morning,” she said on March 6, showing off a truckload full of new works.
Vevera and Karen Ann Patton are sharing the wall space at Grand Gallery at Grand Living Realty, 2298 Colbert Lane, through April 16 in the show, “Plein Air to Abstract, Pastel and Paint.”
Vevera, who is known for her outdoor “plein air” painting, has a selection of abstract studio art in the show, including Graveyards I and II, displayed next to each other. The oil and cold wax paintings depict graveyards of Navy ships. The many layers of paint and beeswax mixed together hide and reveal outlines of ships under the water.
“Oil and cold wax are new to me. I discovered it during the first summer of Covid.”
“Oil and cold wax are new to me,” said Vivera, who was the Gargiulo Art Foundation's Artist of the Year in 2018. “I discovered it during the first summer of Covid.”
Another oil and cold wax work by Vevera in the show is Mystery Sail, which is a homage to the tragic condominium collapse in Surfside. With a sailboat in the background, images of people flying up to heaven are carved out of the layers.
“This is more personal,” she said. “Every picture has a story, but some have a deeper meaning.”
Patton, who has been painting for about 50 years, is from New York but has lived in Plantation Bay for 20 years.
She has studied under famous watercolor artists, including Edgar Whitney. Inspired by natural landscapes and tropical flowers, her oils, pastels and watercolors are filled with vivid colors.
The Grand Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.