A new art exhibit on display at the Plantation Clubhouse features four local artists with distinctively different styles.
At an open house on Sunday, May 25, art lovers were treated to a glimpse of works by four Franklin county residents who work in a wide variety of media. Each artist was given a wall of the Plantation Room to fill, and the artists more than fulfilled the mission.
Katherine Neill, occupying the east wall, describes herself as a self-taught artist. A resident of Franklin County since 1990, she paints in watercolor, oil and acrylic, and draws using charcoal and ink. She creates her pieces plein air.
The paintings on display at the clubhouse include portraits and landscapes. Much of Neill’s work is minimalistic and her creations have an airy, Impressionistic feel.
Subjects on display include Dog Island, East Pass and three haunting winter beach scenes. Neill’s works can also be viewed at the Oystercatcher on US 98 in Apalachicola.
On the southern wall, are oils by 40-year resident Joyce Estes of Eastpoint., who also has painted silks on display. Her realistic oils include beach scenes in cool inviting colors with sugary sand and huge cloudy skies. Other landscapes are cool and green like “Live Oak” and “Quiet Marsh,” both rendered in oil.
Her silks depict local wildlife, plants and landscapes. Estes is the president of Silk Painters of International. Her work is also on display at Sea Oats Gallery on St. George Island.
On the east wall is a display of sculptures and assemblies by Ken Richardson, who moved to the Plantation from Missouri two years ago His works are fanciful animals created from junk.
Richardson said, when he first began to dabble in art, he sometimes purchased material but eventually resolved to use only found materials.
A fearfully large mosquito is built around an old aluminum pitcher. Two charming no see-ums are created from a pair of salt and pepper shakers provided by a friend. Several of his fish have wristwatch eyes created from broken wristwatches that once belonged to his late father.
Richardson said his father was the inspiration for his style of sculpture. “He always made things from nothing,” he said.
His current exhibit is composed of animals fashioned mainly from wood and aluminum. He also experimented with clay, welding and is an accomplished musician.
On the north wall hangs a body of work by Lynn Wilson, who has owned a home in Franklin County since 1985 and resides in Apalachicola.
Wilson’s works, often done plein air, are realistic landscapes built around the working waterfront, historic local structures and the natural beauty of the barrier islands, beach and swamp.
While she has painted for many years, Wilson recently embraced her artistic ambitions and threw herself into painting full time after selling the Coombs House Inn.
She is a founding member of the Apalachicola Pastel Association and founding president of the Artists of Apalachicola.
Bunny Ison, chair of the Plantation Arts Committee, said the show would run until Labor Day. She said in planning the show, her goal was to display the work of artists who reside here full-time.
The exhibition is open to Plantation homeowners and guests, and visitors renting a home in the Plantation.
For security reasons, the Plantation Room remains locked when no event is in progress, but for the duration of the summer art show, it will be opened from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
A number of works sold during Sunday’s premiere. Ison said all four artists have committed to providing replacements for pieces sold throughout the duration of the exhibit, so the walls of the Plantation Room will remain full the entire summer.
Ison said the art committee is already planning next year's show. She said they are looking for, at least four more local artists to exhibit. If you would like to apply for a place in next year's shwo, call 927-2312 for more information.