Art In Public Places

Artport
Gallery

Amid the comings and goings of Tallahassee International Airport, there is an oasis of art known as the Artport Gallery. Serving as a cultural gateway to Florida’s capital city, this space highlights the work of local artists and captures the imagination of travelers and citizens alike.

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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.

Location

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

On Now...

Put A Bird On It
on display at the Artport Gallery from May 23 – July 16

Given their aesthetic diversity and expressive qualities, birds have always been a popular artistic muse. These winged creatures offer inspiration and challenge artists to find new and innovative ways to capture their unique coloring, intricate patterns, and enchanting spirit. Birds take flight in the human imagination and the artists featured in this exhibition successfully depict their exuberance and spontaneity in their work.

Using polymer clay as a collage material, Debo Groover has perfected a new technique to create colorful “paintings” filled with movement and energy. She founded Debortina Studio with her wife Tina Torrance and they work collaboratively, merging their creative and business talents. Groover creates the visible layers of each painting and Torrance builds the frames and paints the layers of color underneath.  They bounce ideas around and come up with new patterns to evoke the fun, funky sensibility they both share.  

Anne Hempel uses multiple layers of thickened acrylic paint creating an impasto style that reflects light and adds expressiveness to her paintings. She applies glazes and washes in between layers to build rich color and highlight the texture. Using a palette knife and various tools, she carves into the wet paint creating a three-dimensional sculptural rendering. Recently moss, ferns and feathers have found their way into her paintings, taking this exhibition’s theme literally.

Local artist Perdita Ross has been hosting blacklight art events on First Fridays outside of her studio, Artisans, in Railroad Square Art Park since 2005. She encourages visitors to create some of the background elements in her collages then, using her artistic vision, she adds the main components and arranges it all into cohesive compositions. These collaborative works are a reflection of the community and her own inclusive philosophy of the art making process.

Though they say “birds of a feather flock together,” these artists’ styles and creative processes could not be more different but their artwork compliments each other in a way that’s whimsical and unexpected. Celebrating all things avian, this exhibit provides fresh interpretations of our fine feathered friends.

Download the Art Exhibit Treasure Hunt for young gallery goers (it's fun for grown ups too)!

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments during a free, public reception scheduled for Friday, June 8 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Guests are asked to park in short-term parking and present parking tickets at the gallery for complimentary validation.

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 amanda@tallahasseearts.org.

Up Next...

Artworks by Marina Brown
on display at the Artport Gallery from July 18 - Sept. 10

In this solo show, the artist offers works in watercolor, oil, and pastel capturing the essence of the performing arts. Her own background is as a professional ballet dancer, and a flamenco and Argentine tango practitioner guide her artmaking practice and lead to works that are energetic and fluid in their depiction of movement. Brown is a nurse and her professional experience with human anatomy informs her figurative works. She is also a novelist and often imbues her art with an overt or covert narrative foundation.  

Check back soon for more details.

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 amanda@tallahasseearts.org.