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An Art Exhibit: Life is Beautiful and Yes, There is Art in Jacksonville

Downtown Jacksonville is really taking on a personality and life. Case in point,  SO Gallery at The DeLO, an event and art space. If you are looking for a reason to leave the beach bubble, this Friday is your chance!

SO Gallery is pleased to present Life is Beautiful, an exhibition of fine art photography and paintings by artists with a deep connection to the natural world and a passion to share and conserve its beauty.

There is an opening reception this Friday, November 4th from 6-9pm, to kick it off, and the exhibition will run through January 9th.

Find the cool person in you, hit the reception and then try one of downtown Jax’s happening restaurants. The art is truly gorgeous.

From New York:

Steven Lyon

Chris Leidy: Leidy’s startling and at times mysterious images present a singularly contemporary approach to underwater photography.  His photographs capture the complexity of light and motion in challenging environments both under the water and on its surface.  Although representational by definition, Leidy’s images tend towards abstraction, conveying the mystery and wonder of his subject matter.

Steven Lyon: Large scale, visually sumptuous images by Steven Lyon demonstrate the photographer/film director’s passion for the immense beauty of Africa and the need to raise awareness of the issues surrounding wildlife poaching.  Lyon’s intimate wildlife portraits translate both the majestic beauty and the tragedy of this African story.  His non-profit organization Lyonheartlove is currently producing a documentary film, “Something That Matters”.  The film takes a raw, first-hand look at the escalating crisis of poaching. (see feature image)

From Jacksonville:

Linda Broadfoot

Linda Broadfoot:  The exquisitely rendered monoprints by this award-winning artist combine her interest in natural forms with her passion for image making. Broadfoot works with one of only 5 remaining large format Polaroid cameras creating images that she transfers on to watercolor paper.  These monoprints are then carefully reworked by hand to accentuate the subtle beauty of each piece, creating photographic prints that echo vintage natural history illustrations.

Jim Draper: Draper’s most recent paintings from his Radical Naturalism body of work are inspired by his constant exploration and study of the Southeast’s  natural environment and its impact on human experience.  Draper has exhibited in dozens of solo and group

Jim Draper
Jim Draper

exhibitions and his work is featured in hundreds of corporate and private collections.  Most recently Draper was the featured US artist in the United Nations New York show You Are What You Eat.

Thomas Hager:  Hager’s cyanotype and kallitype processes create painterly and textured images.  Using historic photography processes, painting techniques and the latest photographic technology, Hager pushes the boundaries of the photographic medium.  With his visual explorations of time and beauty, he continues to pay homage to art history while creating original photographic innovations.

Thomas Hager

About SO Gallery:

SO Gallery is a fine art gallery located in Jacksonville Beach and at The DeLO in downtown Jacksonville.  With exhibitions at The DeLO, SO Gallery is proud to be part of the expanding art scene downtown.

SO is the creation of award-winning architect Julia Starr Sanford, of Starr Sanford Design and is managed by Alison Lee, who serves as a Trustee of MOCA Jacksonville.  The two are working together to bring world class art exhibits to the city.

The DeLO is located at 420 Broad Street in downtown Jacksonville.

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