New exhibits opening at DFAC

By Lee Clark Zumpe
Tampa Bay Newspapers
January 12, 2010


"After the Rain" by Taylor Ikin

   Dunedin – Four new exhibitions offer a different take on landscapes Friday, Jan. 15, through Feb. 28, 2010 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.
   DFAC will host the following new exhibitions:
   Lois Dodd: Seeing is Believing
   Second-generation abstract expressionist, Lois Dodd captures nature with a modernist vocabulary.
   Dodd, born in 1927, studied at The Cooper Union in the late 1940s. In 1952, she was one of the five founding members of the legendary Tanager Gallery, the first artist-run cooperative gallery on 10th Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The 10th Street galleries, operating on very low budgets, became an avant-garde alternative to the conservative, highly selective Madison Avenue and 57th Street galleries.
   In the early ’50s, Dodd began to spend summers in Maine with a group of representational artists such as Anne Arnold, Rackstraw Downes and Yvonne    Jacquette. Since 1954, her work has been the subject of more than 50 one-person exhibitions. In 1992, she retired from teaching at Brooklyn College.
The Meditative Landscape
   This exhibit will showcase works by Nathan Abels, Alan Bray, Matthew Cornell, Phil Epp, David Hines and Dale Jarrett. These artists are known for their distilled visions of the natural and unnatural worlds as well as their breathless imagery masterfully rendered in oils, pastel and graphite.
   Taylor Ikin: The Road Less Traveled
   Taylor Ikin is widely known for her work on YUPO, a synthetic tree free surface. According to Ikin, “conservation, preservation and a love of nature and her bodies of water, lands, flora and fauna” provide the subject matter for her work.
   “My paintings record the wonders and beauty, often taken for granted, and my images demonstrate the necessity of preserving in fact and in art for future generations,” Ikin writes on her Web site. “My specific strengths as a painter relate to my strong feelings about our earth and how we envision our responsibility as being the watchdog for our planet.”
   Ikin’s environmentally sensitive images have been exhibited in museums throughout Florida and Virginia. Her unique approach and joy in making art are the frequent topic of articles in multiple art magazines, books and the local press, and can be enjoyed through her DVD, Dancing With YUPO.
   She has taught regionally, nationally and in the Caribbean as well as 15 years at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art and recently the Beach Art Center. Ikin now teaches at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.
   Landfall
   In keeping with DFAC’s educational mission, there is always a faculty and student component to every exhibit series. In the new year 2010, DFAC students translate contemporary landscapes in nearly every media offered in DFAC’s year-round classes
   Call (727) 298-3322 or visit www.dfac.org.

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