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Celebration of Light

March 7, 2018 - March 19, 2018
  • Location: Quayside Art Gallery/Pensacola Artists, Inc.
  • 17 E. Zaragossa
  • Pensacola, FL 32501
  • (845) 701-3957 phone
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


Quayside Art Gallery is presenting original works by nationally recognized artists and emerging new talent in a special group exhibition, Celebration of Light. The show will run from March 7th – March 19th with a public reception including a meet and greet with the artists Friday, March 9th from 7– 9 pm.
Nine artists will be featured in this show including Brian Jekel, who is a member of the New York Society of Illustrators. His work is published in ABeka Book materials, Hathaway House Books, DaySpring, and has been featured in the publication Southwest Art and Best of Portraiture by North Light Books. In addition to his work as an artist, he has been a teacher and mentor to scores of artists over his career.

Sarah Keller an OPA member, was the cover artist for and was featured in Southwest Art’s 2012 “21 Under 31” issue. Her work has been shown, awarded and honored at a number of shows across the nation.

John Ball, has been recognized and shown in over a dozen galleries and competitions throughout the nation. He has also received praise for his work by artists James Gurney and Scott Christensen. He is currently working as an illustrator in Pensacola.

Christian Hemme has been recognized at numerous shows across the country including two OPA events, and a traveling exhibition that was on display at both the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain, and the Salmagundi Club in New York.

Also showing are awarded painters Nate Drushinin, Stephen Kivisalu and Mitch Mann, sculptor and Society of Animal Artist member Joseph Digangi, and photographer Greg Hewitt.

This group of artists shares a unique quality of common ties. Much like communities of artists in the past, they have been or are colleagues, teachers, and students together. Their paths crossing and diverging at different points in their artistic careers. Sharing a similar point of view, yet taking quite different paths from that point, the show will consist of works that capture the beauty of light and its effects on color and form. Works range in media and subject, some even featuring local themes in an enchanting variety of approaches.