Viewpoint 2009, a multimedia exhibit presented by National Association of Women Artists Florida Chapter, will be at the Northwood University Jeannette Hare Gallery from November 2 through December 3. The opening reception is at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3.
With her series of iconic portraits, “Not Just Portraits,” Boca Raton artist Elaine Geisinger aims to portray the individual in what she believes to be his or her most publicly representative and identifiable form. “I have to qualify what is the unique essence of the individual that I can capture. I ask myself, what makes him/her most recognizable to the public?”
Researching each subject usually brings her back to their public persona — “Einstein with his theory of relativity, Picasso with his muses, Marilyn Monroe in her Hollywood flying skirt.”
After researching Charley Chaplin’s life and work, she decided to show him battling society’s conventionality. The Perils of Charley portrays Chaplin “skipping blithely over the gears of society, while struggling with the mechanized culture he was so strenuously against,” she said.
Since Wellington artist Roxene Sloate moved to southern Florida in 1996, she has been fascinated with the beauty and energy of tropical landscape. “The marshlands, the exotic flora and the ocean have all captured my emotions and imagination,” she said. “I have spent many hours painting in the landscape to become familiar with the shapes, colors and natural relationships our environment offer. My paintings reflect the wonder and joy of experiencing Florida and give a sense of place to all who see them.”
In the 1970s and 1980s Sloate poured paint to create abstract landscapes and flowers. Since moving to Florida, she became engaged with pleine aire painting and portraits. Presently, she’s been involved in a series of ocean paintings — some made at the beach and others explored in her studio.
Jane McIntyre of Boca Raton explains that “Nika” is drawn from a woman whose face and demeanor allowed her to express a mood. “I chose the charcoal media to help express this model’s softness,” she said
” John’s Robe” is painted from another model she frequently uses. “The vibrancy of his presence and the patterns he wears leads me to a more colorful and playful approach to the finished work.
“Both models are well known to me and are often seen in my works.”
Northwood University Jeannette Hare Gallery is at 2600 North N Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For information, call (561) 736-9720.