Japanese Woodblock on Paper, Keiji Shinohara
Color Photography, Fadi Matar
Oil on Canvas, Beth Garcia
Acrylic on Paper, Beth Kokol
Kokol Art Studio and Gallery Presents:
featuring Nationally Acclaimed Master Print Maker, Keiji Shinohara
Meet nationally renowned Master Print Maker, Keiji Shinohara; Tampa photographer Dr. Fadi Matar; emerging artist Beth Garcia; and gallery owner Beth Kokol as they premier their individual visions of land, sea and city "scapes."
Wine, beer, light appetizers and free valet parking.
TAMPA, January 16, 2016 – The Kokol Art Studio and Gallery will present its original show, Scapes, February 12-14th. The show will feature nationally renowned Master Print Maker Keiji Shinohara, as well as several Tampa artists.
Local cardiologist and photographer Fadi Matar will premiere at the gallery, and emerging student artist, Beth Garcia, will show professionally for the first time. Gallery owner, Beth Kokol, will also show her own work.
The show will open with an artists’ reception on the evening of February 12th and will focus on each artists’ interpretations of land-, sea- or cityscapes. Scapes will feature a wide range of mediums. This is the first time the gallery has hosted a show with such a singular focus on one subject matter.
“As I began to develop this show, I could see that it would be different. Keiji is a landscape artist, landscape has been an ongoing subject in my work even though somewhat abstract and Beth Garcia paints landscapes. Then, I was introduced to Fadi and when I looked at his work and saw his focus on landscapes, I knew we had something special,” said gallery owner and artist Beth Kokol.
Shinohara will come to Tampa from Connecticut where he currently teaches at Wesleyan University. He shows his work all over the country and one of his images will soon premier on a postage stamp.
“I am so thrilled to have Keiji as a part of this show. I took a class with him in 2015 at Penland School, of Crafts and was so drawn to his work and his teachings that I knew he would be a perfect fit for the gallery,” said Beth Kokol.
In addition to being featured in Scapes, Shinohara will host a public lecture on Saturday, February 13th. He will then return to Tampa for two week-long workshops, which will also be held at the Kokol Art Studio and Gallery in March.
“The range of artists in this show is really phenomenal. Each one brings a unique perspective to a land, sea, or city scape. And what that means to each person is clearly different,” said Kokol.
Matar brings the detailed eye of a physician to his photography. His journey with photography has been fairly recent, but relies on the same kind of focus and precision that he brings to his 20+ year career as an interventional cardiologist. His work is filled with the vibrant colors found in nature and brought to life through his camera.
“My goal is to draw the viewers’ eye to the beauty I find when composing a shot,” said Dr. Matar.
Garcia is a student of Kokol’s and will show professionally for the first time at this show. She has painted as a hobby for more than six years and much of her inspiration comes from the Florida-based landscape artists, The Highwaymen.
“Their work is so vibrant and really beautiful. It’s inspiring to me,” she said. Garcia uses water-based oils in her work, which she learned to use after taking a class at Kokol Art Studio and Gallery. “I did a class on them and loved them. I can get such rich detail that I just couldn’t get with acrylics.”
Beth Kokol will also show her work. Kokol has been creating art since she was a child, holding her first one women show upon college graduation, and since showing across Florida and the Southeast. Kokol has commissioned work with collectors across the country and has also spent years teaching. Most recently, she opened owned the Kokol Art Studio and Gallery on Bay to Bay. While she still works in Tampa, she and her husband recently moved their home to St. Pete – a move that has proved to be an inspiration for the work she’s showing in Scapes.
“Because of this move to St. Pete and because of being closer to nature, I’ve found myself being drawn to creating my visions of a Florida landscape. My work is going back to this idea of nature and Florida’s natural role. Scapes is the perfect blending of several artists’ visions and will truly be a unique experience for the gallery and those that attend the show.”
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