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“Innocence” is a 36x42 framed oil on canvas by Florence Putterman.
The Celery Barn in Towles Court is featuring the work of George Ollinger. Pictured is his “Trojan Horse.”
Local artist will be missed
The community mourns the loss of artist Richard Beckman, who died on Dec. 25. He was a professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and was widely admired. Within the last decade, his work was included in three exhibitions at the Ringling Museum, and two of his sculptures were purchased for the permanent collection. His work was also purchased for the collection of the City of Sarasota and is on view at Five Points Park near Selby Library. Beckman also created the concept behind the exhibition “Industrial Carnival,” which was on view at the Sarasota Art Center this past fall. We shall miss his generous spirit and his powerful work.
ABOUT ART
Painters Howard, Ollinger and Putterman enliven local galleries

By: Mark Ormond
Florence Putterman is showing new and recent work at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art.

“Spirits and Essences” (52 x 52 inches) is made up of her signature paint, sand and crushed shell ground. She adds pigment into the mix and, in this case, there is a harmonious balance of the colors turquoise, purple, melon and mustard. The end result of the combination is to keep the eye focused on the process of her method while enjoying the pictorial structure of the finished surface.

“Side by Side II” is a mixed-media work on paper. The two sheets look like fragments from an ancient codex. Their surfaces are worn with traces of color evident. The sheets seem related by their juxtaposition, however, it remains for the viewer to discern the puzzle of their connection. Her oil painting “Savage Innocence I” (30 x 36) from 2000 is a complex composition that in its construct pays some homage to the abstract painting of Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as the pictograms of Adolph Gottlieb and Joaquin Torres-Garcia. The gallery is also filled with sculpture and carvings from Africa and Asia. A wood carved female figure from the Sudan and another carving from the Philippines frame the wildly colorful “Savage Innocence.”

The Celery Barn in Towles Court is featuring the work of George Ollinger, who Jini Mount, owner of the Celery Barn, discovered in North Port. This artist, who began his career in New York, is exhibiting facile drawings of people he made decades ago, as well as some fine abstract ink-on-paper pieces, including one he calls “Trojan Horse” (40 x 28 inches). There are small pastels that, with minimal gesture and bold choices of color, capture the essence and atmosphere of the Florida landscape. We note the low horizons and humidity-laden air. In “Peace River,” a glowing globe, indicated with a stroke of the pastel, hovers over the gray expanse below.

Jonas Howard is exhibiting his acrylic paintings at the Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail. The subject matter of the work is nature, and Howard has captured the many moods of the skies of the West coast. In “West from Key Largo,” we see silver-white light that has streaked from behind a cloud bank to shimmer on the surface of the sea. It is one of those days when the water and the air become one color – mist gray punctuated by the verdant green of islands and the coastline. His love of nature and its changing personality is evident in the dozens of paintings on view.


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