Thursday, November 29, 2012

Authors in the Park

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

James Best in Mount Dora for a One-Man Show

The Mount Dora Library Association is pleased to announce Actor, Author and Artist James Best in a one-man show on his 50 plus years in show business and Hollywood’s Golden Age. Aside from being recognized as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane from the Dukes of Hazzard, Best starred with actors like Paul Newman, Audie Murphy, Jerry Lewis, Lee Marvin and others as a contract player for Universal. He will show film clips and tell the audience some true backstage goings on only he would know. The audience will also have their chance to ask James their questions. The show will take place January 26th at 3PM at the Mount Dora Community Building. Tickets are $15.00 with the proceeds benefiting the Mount Dora Library. James Best will also have a display of his paintings in the lobby of the Community Building and will be signing copies of his book “Best In Hollywood” after the show. Tickets can be purchased at The Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce 352.383.2165, Uncle Al’s Time Capsule 352.383.1958, The Mount Dora Library 352.735.7180 or on our website at For more information or VIP and group tickets call 352. 383.8808.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Southern Stable at Bowersock Gallery in downtown Mount Dora

Press release
“The Southern Stable”
At Bowersock Gallery

Where: Bowersock Gallery 137 East Fourth Avenue, Mount Dora Dates: Opens with a reception on Friday, November 9th, from 6 to 9 p.m., and runs through December 11.
Contact: Steve Bowersock 1-508-487-4994

The Bowersock Gallery will open its 2012/13 season with a big shebang: “The Southern Stable,” a show that offers everything but the kitchen sink – and maybe one of those.

“The Southern Stable” opens Friday, November  9th , with an artist reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and runs through December 11, at The Bowersock Gallery, 137 East 4th Avenue Mount Dora.

The exhibit will feature new works by three of Bowersock’s longtime artists, will introduce two new painters, and offer works by more than two dozen additional artists.

All five featured artists offer accomplished, distinct hands, with a decidedly modern touch. From the juicy, rich canvases of watercolorist Dustan Knight, a groundbreaking artist in watercolor technique, and the bold stark objects front and center in the paintings of Donna Baldassari, each artist creates beautiful imagery with deep undertones.

Cindy Rizza’s work ranges from realist to photo realist. Never satisfied with simulacrum, Rizza’s work nudges, evokes memories, and leaves the viewer with questions. Jayne Adams scenes of simple, daily tasks express the nobility and richness of life and suggest a deeper self. Caroline Rufo creates labyrinthine settings with simplified forms, often treated with muted jewel tones, and always with intent.

The Bowersock stable, comprised of some of the east coast’s finest established and emerging artists, is equally broad. It ranges from Florida’s Carol Roll, creator of tiny, mischievous, mache people found in national magazines, to fellow Floridian abstract representational Michael Palmer, who interprets the state and its people with heart, warmth, humor and individual vision.

The range in style represented by the gallery includes photo realists, abstract, surreal, representational, reductive, dreamscape expressionist, impressionist, color-field and experimental. Most mediums are represented, including oil, acrylic, graphite, watercolor, mache, bronze, stone, metals, mixed media, forton, and multiple clays.

“What we’ve looked for over the past 10 years curating our galleries is excellence. We have artists working in the tradition of the Boston School, the Romantic era, classical and with thoroughly modern, distinct hands,” says Steve Bowersock, curator and co owner. “The gallery not only wants those top in their craft, that have control of their medium, but that demonstrate a voice that bring something to the viewer, that engages for a lifetime.

“Art is much more than an image occupying space over the couch, or a knickknack filling space on an end table. It is a conversation between artist and viewer, and the viewer with themselves.”

Many Bowersock artists have exhibited in shows throughout the US and the world, shown in museum or have works in of major corporate and museum collections.

The Mount Dora gallery is the second location for Bowersock and partner Michael Sanger. The original location in Provincetown Mass., is celebrating its tenth year. Bowersock represents 30 east coast artists from Maine to Florida.