The Boca Raton Museum of Art is giving the end of summer an added dose of culture with two exhibitions running from July 25 to August 23.
Brenda Hope Zappitell: A Journey of Gestures
Brenda Hope Zappitell (born 1964), Family, 2015. Acrylic, flashe and cold wax on panel. 50 x 50 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Pointing to the Boca Raton Museum Art School as an “indispensable training ground” during her early years of training, Delray Beach-based Abstract Expressionist Brenda Hope Zappitell will bring a selection of paintings to the museum galleries for a solo exhibit. An attorney by trade, Zappitell began painting in her mid 20s, taking classes in Boca and in Santa Fe, but is largly selftaught. Her work, large-scale paintings using acrylic and cold wax, are largely emotive, as she explains with on the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s website:
“My paintings emerge from the emotion I feel in the moment my brush touches a blank surface,” said Zappitell. “I am a very physical and spontaneous painter. Moving back and forth with decisive brush strokes and dynamic gestures, I work rapidly to capture that ephemeral feeling in tangible form.” The results are large panel compositions with layers of vigorous marks that are innumerable and subtle.”
A selection of her work will be on display from July 25 through August 23. On Thursday, July 30, Zappitell will be at the museum for Boca Talk from 6-7 p.m. She will discuss her work, and how her life influences her work. Admission to Boca Talks costs $12 (free for museum members). For more information, call 561-392-2500, ext. 213, or click here.
On Saturday, August 1 from 1-2:30 p.m., young artists will get a chance to channel their inner abstract expressionist at Art-e-ology. The monthly children’s program, open to grades 3-5, examines an artist on exhibit in the museum, then heads into the studios to create their own masterpieces of like style. This month, the artist in question is Brenda Hope Zappitell. Admission is $5 (free for members), and is first-come first-served. Reservations are required; call 561-392-2500 ext. 106 to reserve your child’s spot.
People and Places: Photographs from the Collection
Garry Winogrand (born in New York, NY, 1928; died 1984 in Mexico), Marilyn Monroe, from “The Seven Year Itch” set, New York City, 1955, gelatin silver print, acquired 1994. Gift of Carol and Bernard Rosen
The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s permanent collection of photography is extensive. Containing more than 1,500 images dating as far back as the 19th-century, the collection more or less tracks the history of the medium, from its early beginnings to its contemporary counterparts of today. The collection, which is broken into six basic categories (General History; Social and Documentary; Modernists between the Wars; Contemporary Pluralist Directions; The 1987-1992 Museum Acquisitions; and the Prigozy Collection), spans continents and centuries, and includes some of the mediums most significant photographers, including Henry Fox Talbot, Edward Steichen, Robert Doisneau, Sebastião Selgado, Lee Friedlander, Margaret Bourke-White to name but a few.
From July 25 through August 23, select photographs from the collection will be on display in two of the museum galleries. “People and Places: Photographs from the Collection” will whittle down the collection to showcase the subject of celebrity, including iconic locations and stars.
- On Sunday, August 9 from 3-5 p.m., the Boca Raton Museum of Art will shine a spotlight on photography at the Sunday Matinée with the screening of Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye. Considered the ”Father of Modern Photography,” Stieglitz was instrumental in making photography an accepted medium of fine art. The documentary includes archival imagery from his lifetime, as well as interview footage of artists who worked with him. Admission to the Sunday Matinée is free with museum admission.