As Railroad Square’s newest art gallery, we are excited to welcome all to come experience a fresh look on art in Tallahassee. Constantly growing numbers of members and visiting artists ensure that there is always something of interest when visiting. We update our space with new work and artists on the first Friday of every month, and are open on Saturdays as well as mid-month invitationals. Come down to Railroad Square and experience a dynamic and unique art galley.
This 60+ year old building houses our new gallery
New visiting artists every month of a variety of talents keeps the work fresh
A look back at the start of our project -- you can see we have come a long way
Bart lives near Tallahassee, Florida, where he spends his time painting, drawing and teaching art. His studio is located next to his home. The walls are covered with his artwork, works in progress and objects of interest that he uses in his still lifes and drawing and painting classes. He is a second generation artist and a graduate of Florida State University with a Masters in Fine Art. He shows his work in galleries in the north Florida area.
Although Bart is a figurative artist grounded in the impressionistic tradition, his interests in drawing and painting subjects range from the human figure and portraits to Florida landscapes to Smoky Mountain waterfall landscapes, big cats and still lifes. He looks for, responds to, and strives to capture the beauty and intrigue that he sees in the people, wildlife, landscapes and objects that surround him.
“I enjoy having the freedom to seek out what interests me and piques my artistic curiosity. I express these visual subjects in line and color on paper and canvas, and soon-to-be in bronze, using these materials in a time tested tradition.”
Tonya Toole is a retired Florida State University Professor of Exercise Science who has been active in watercolor since 2005. She has studied with local portrait watercolorist, Suzanna Winton, and Tallahassee Senior Center Instructors, Laura Bell, Linda Pelc, Rosemary Ferguson, and most recently, Don Andrews, Bart Frost and Eluster Richardson. She has displayed her works locally at the Tallahassee Senior Center, the Florida Senior Art Showcase, the North Florida Fair, Thomasville Cultural Center Summer Showcase, Tallahassee Watercolor Society’s Brush Strokes Exhibit and the TaWS Tri-State Exhibit. She won Honorable Mention in the Georgia Watercolor Society Exhibition in Jonesboro, GA and has also been accepted in the Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition in 2010. She is a Signature Member of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society. Tonya has traveled to many countries to view and photograph birds so that she may paint them in her studio. Drawing and painting the human figure has become a recent passion of hers. She is a member of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society having served as Secretary and Fundraising Chair and now, rotating Exhibition Chair at the TMH Rehabilitation Center, the Georgia Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of Alabama. Her work may be seen at Sea Oats Gallery, St. George Island, FL, and at the new Southern Exposure Art Gallery in Railroad Square, and on her website.
Bill’s work has appeared in many juried shows in Tallahassee, Thomasville and Valdosta since 2001. Bill was recently a member of the South of SoHo Cooperative Art Gallery in Railroad Square and also is currently a member of FSU’s Artists’ League.
Bill wanders boatyards, alleys, industrial and urban areas of cities in search of interesting textures: rusting, decaying detritus and grafittied walls. He works with digital photographs in Photoshop but tries to do as little as possible to the image. Bill prefers to let the Nature part of what he’s captured be the point of what he’s photographed.
Bill’s ideas for paintings bubble up from hidden recesses in his brain. His subject matter has a pop sensibility and hopefully evokes humor or irony. Bill works in bright acrylics and his paintings deal mostly with retro print, television, film and cartoon characters. His paintings are somehow a form of therapy - they allow him find a paralllel, colorful dimension of happiness.
I am a graphic design and illustration enthusiast born and raised in Tallahassee. Throughout my life I've been obsessed with strange and fantastical worlds and creatures; which has helped grow and shape my artistic career. After doodling countless skulls and devils and spending the majority of my time playing games on the computer, I learned that graphic design could be a great way to combine my artistic and digital capabilities.
I went through college with less of a focus on fine art and more on establishing myself in the advertising and design world. Once graduated and more secure in my design career, I decided to finally start studying art for it's own sake again. Through a combination of classes and lots of practice, I've learned and produced more artwork in the past few years than I have in my entire life beforehand. And the journey is only beginning.
I enjoy drawing figure and portrait, as well as the occasional fantastic creature, in a range of mediums. I feel like each material has it's own lessons to teach. I've worked in charcoal, pen, marker, pencil and oils recently. But I have been most prolific with a wacom tablet and photoshop, painting digitally.
Thomas M. Thomson was born in Rota, Spain in September of '68. He has been surrounded and inspired by art from a very early age. He attended Florida State University, where he focused on the fundamentals of composition, perspective and figural accuracy. He has pursued an exciting career in art following his graduation in December of 1993. His mediums of choice are Oil on Canvas and Graphite on Paper.
My desire to create fuels my hunger for knowledge. The more I know about the pigments and about the subject, the more successful I am at painting. Of all the media I have worked with, I find watercolor paint to be not only challenging, but satisfying. It thrills me to pull strong transparent jewel-like color from the pigments and then work that color into a puzzle of contrasts for an exciting composition.
After graduating from Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA with a Master’s degree in Art Education, I taught not only painting but all disciplines of Art in the public schools of Clymer, NY for 28 years. It was a joy to challenge these students to be creative. When the opportunity presented itself in 2006, I left public teaching and reinvented my career in Tallahassee, FL as a studio painter and contract teacher. Now I focus my energy in capturing my experiences, observations and emotions in the paintings I create.
My paintings tell the stories that connect me with my subject. It is a look in the eyes, the curve of the smile and the lift of the chin that catches my attention. I look for how light illuminates the subject and what causes that subject to move. Humor in the situation also influences to tell a story. What catches my attention takes shape and form, color and texture in my paintings.