B Harper Frost
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.” --- B. Harper Frost
B. Harper Frost
7307 Masterson Court
Tallahassee, FL 32311
Web site: www.bharperfrost.com
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. Since 2005 she won Best of Show, Academy Category, at the Tallahassee Senior Center Insider’s Exhibition, 3rd place and Honorable Mention at the Tallahassee Senior Center Personal Expressions Exhibition, and 1st place at the Tallahassee Senior Center Insiders’ Show. She has also displayed her works at other juried exhibits in the Florida Senior Art Showcase, Thomasville Cultural Center Summer Showcase, Tallahassee Watercolor Society’s Brush Strokes Exhibit and the TaWS Tri-State Exhibit. She won Honorable Mention in the 2009 Georgia Watercolor Society Exhibition in Jonesboro, GA andalso won 1st place in the Amateur Division at the North Florida Fair. Tonya had her painting, "Blue-Footed Booby Dance", accepted in the Watercolor Society of Alabama National Exhibition in 2010. She received an Honorable Mention for "White Waders Showtime" at the 2012 Tallahassee Senior Showcase and she also earned Signature Membership in the Tallahassee Watercolor Society in 2012. She was accepted for the 2013 Georgia Watercolor Society Member’s Exhibition in Dawsonville, GA. Her paintings have been shown at non-juried exhibits including the FSU Medical College’s Art Gallery, Wakulla Springs Wildlife and Art Festival, and Mexico Beach Art Festival. 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 www.tonyatoolewatercolors.com
Bio: I came to Tallahassee, Florida from Fort Lauderdale to go to Florida State University. I majored in English-Creative Writing but took up painting and photography in the early 1980s. My work has appeared in many juried shows in Tallahassee, Thomasville and Valdosta since 2001. I was recently a member of the South of SoHo Cooperative Art Gallery in Railroad Square and also currently am a member of FSU’s Artists’ League.
Artist’s Statement: The human eye takes in images, frozen frames of information and transmits them to the our brain. The brain makes sense of the chaos and decay of the natural world around us, creating an understanding of the way we fit into it all. A dumpster rusts.The paint on an old car flakes. Water and oil stain and degrade fiberglass boats. We go on with our lives comfortably knowing that metal deteriorates and paint fades. In my photography, I’m catching that moment when the natural chaos is perceived as order, when the normal state of Nature transcends the decay and transforms something like a small rectangle of dumpster into Art.
Photographic Process: I wander boatyards, alleys, industrial and urban areas of cities in search of interesting textures: rusting, decaying detritus and grafittied walls. I work with digital photographs in Photoshop. Other than cropping/framing the original file, I try to do as little as possible to the image, usually onlysharpening or lightening. I prefer to let the Nature part of what I’ve captured be the point of what I’ve photographed.
Paintings: My ideas for painting bubble up from hidden recesses in my brain. My subject matter has a pop sensibility and hopefully evokes humour or irony. I work in bright acrylics and my paintings deal mostly with retro advertising, television, film and cartoon characters. My paintings have become to me somehow a form of therapy - they allow me find a paralllel, colorful dimension of happiness.
2048 Laurel St.
Tallahassee, FL 32303
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