In case you hadn’t noticed, my arts section has gotten a bit stale. My last post on the arts was back in May. So when I received two gorgeous JPEG oil paintings in my inbox from TECO Public Art Gallery curator, Debra Radke, I was happy to have something new to write about. If you’ve been following Florida Illustrated since the beginning, then you’ve already visited the TECO gallery, vicariously through me, a couple of times. In July 2015 we saw City Councilman Charlie Miranda’s collection of Cuban art and heard Cuban artist, Juan Vazquez Martin, speak on the Tampa-Havana connection. Then in September 2015 we got to see the work of gallery curator, Debra Radke, and hear about her inspirations.
This time, I am writing to tell you about the oil paintings of Tampa Bay’s own Clarita Scioscia. But before I do, let’s take a look at them.
Clarita refers to her style of painting as “painterly realism.” Animals, like the ones you see above, are common subjects for her. “I am inspired to paint the eloquent color, texture, and forms of nature,” she states, “With the universe at my disposal for subject matter, some culling must take place. So, I chase chickens in Key West to capture on film the moment the sun illuminates the feathers. I sift through images sent to me from a retired wildlife photographer in Jackson, Wyoming, looking for a composition or expression that arrests me. I hike, canoe, and observe faces and flowers as planes of stained light, distracted with the thought of what color I would use to capture them, always pushing the color, just a bit. This is where images become unique art, a rendering, something more than just a reproduction.”
Clarita’s paintings are currently on display at the TECO Public Art Gallery, where they will remain through October 31, 2016. The best time to see a TECO art exhibit, in my opinion, is when they are having a “Talk & Tour.” This way you can actually meet the artist and hear about his/her inspiration. More recently, they’ve been scheduling the Talk & Tours to coincide with Fourth Friday, the hottest new event in Tampa that I haven’t been to yet.
The Talk & Tour for Clarita’s show at the TECO Public Art Gallery, Flowers, Feathers & Fur, will be on the fourth Friday of October, October 28,2016, from 6-8 pm. But if you can’t make it at that date, Clarita’s work will be on display from now through October 31, 2016 at the TECO Public Art Gallery in downtown Tampa, and it is free to view. The hours are Monday-Friday from 8 am-5 pm.