The work of two world-renowned artists – who both are long-time Hobe Sound residents – is featured in the current retrospective exhibition at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery in downtown Stuart.
Horizons presents the work of Dan Mackin and the late Jim Houser and will be on display through September 17.
Mackin’s eclectic life journey has provided experiences that are wonderfully represented in his paintings. His travels to the Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, Asia and the Amazon River have influenced his colorful style.
His body of work includes collaboration with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Wyland Galleries, posters and graphics he created for Quicksilver and various vineyards and breweries.
Mackin is one of only 29 artists worldwide to have a Disney license.
A South Florida favorite, his work is displayed worldwide.
In describing it, Mackin says “I offer viewers their own tropical paradise, embody my desire to preserve Earth’s fragile beauty, and encourage the harmony that exists between people and nature.”
Jim Houser focused on the essentials to capture a scene or mood, rendered in flat, sharply defined shapes and straight lines, with little or no scenic detail, and a minimal color palette.
His award-winning artistic career began more than a half-century ago. His acclaimed works have appeared in numerous exhibitions since the early 1950s and his artwork can be found in many gallery and museum collections from Florida to California.
Houser has shared in the past, “I want the elements of my painting to be direct and simple so the viewers become immediately engaged in completing the painting from their experiences. I choose the flat clear colors of sea, sky, earth and create linear challenges in the perspective.
“Viewers can experience the spirituality of often overlooked portions of their visual life like the quiet beauty of a lone mailbox against a pure, blue sky; the drama of a busy intersection in familiar territory; or the lonely vista of a small house set against a line of open beach.”
The Court House Cultural Center is located at 80 SE Ocean Boulevard in Stuart. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. A donation of $5 is requested.
Court House Cultural Center is monitoring current Covid-19 health and safety regulations and appropriate guidelines will be followed.
For more information, visit www.martinarts.org.
Horizons is one of the art exhibits that can be viewed virtually at the Court House Cultural Center. Visit www.martinarts.org/court-house-cultural-center/cultural_center_gallery/currentupcoming-exhibitions.html.
Note: shortly before the exhibit, Jim Houser passed away, Nancy Turrell, executive director of the Arts Foundation of Martin County and the Arts Council of Martin County said that the decision was made to continue with the show as planned after consultation with Mr. Houser’s family.
She added, “May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in their memories and through the art he created in his lifetime.”
Photos provided by Arts Council of Martin County
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