For more than twenty years, COCA has been proud to manage and curate the gallery as part of the City of Tallahassee's Art in Public Places program. The Artport Gallery exhibits the work of established local and regional artists in all media, primarily through solo or two-person shows which are on display for six to eight weeks.
Tallahassee International Airport
3300 Capital Circle SW
Hours: Daily 8 am-11:30 pm
Free and open to the public
All artwork is for sale unless otherwise marked
Dance With Me: Artworks by Marina Brown
on display at the Artport Gallery from July 18 - Sept. 10
With the swish of a skirt, the tap of a toe, and a clap of the hands Marina Brown’s artworks come to life. They pulsate with energy in celebration of how we move through space and express ourselves through dance. From ballet to hip hop and everything in between, Brown depicts dance through diverse media such as watercolor, pastels and oil. Her works are dynamic and fluid in their depiction of movement and she exalts dancers of all shapes, sizes and abilities.
Her own background as a professional ballet dancer and a flamenco and Argentine tango practitioner guide her artmaking practice and lead to works that are organic and fluid in their depiction of movement. A Renaissance woman in the true sense of the term, Brown is a registered nurse which provides a familiarity with human anatomy that informs her figurative works. She is also a novelist and often imbues her art with an overt or covert narrative foundation.
Brown rounds out her many talents as a journalist with the Tallahassee Democrat and four magazines, an experienced ocean sailor and a cellist. Her artwork has been displayed in many other showcases in the Big Bend area as well as other venues in Florida. This exhibition, however, is unique in honoring her dance background and highlights the joy of movement that Brown so appreciates.
This exhibition is one of many curated by the Council on Culture & Arts for the Art in Public Places program on behalf of the City of Tallahassee. For more information about this program, click here. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or the Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA, (850) 224-2500 or email@example.com.
Art Quilts by Valerie Goodwin
on display at the Artport Gallery from Sept. 12- Nov. 5, 2018
An architect and FAMU professor, Valerie Goodwin began designing and making quilts as an outgrowth of her architectural background. Most of Goodwin’s work is inspired by city grids, maps and aerial views of landscapes and communities both real and imagined. Her work has moved through various stages from traditional quilting to abstract expressionism. In some cases, her work shows an architectural sense of space with an archeological perspective. In others, the network of the city and its built form is more prominent.
Her work has been included in numerous magazines such as American Craft, Fiber Arts, Quilting Art, and British Patchwork and Quilting. Her own book, Art Quilt Maps: Capture a Sense of Place with Fiber Collage, gives readers an inside look at her process. Goodwin’s art quilts have been exhibited in venues all over the county including at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Always an educator, she teaches workshops globally, as far away as Switzerland. She has been awarded an artist residency and many other accolades for her innovative creations.
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