‘Remembering Florida’ Opening Event Set at TECO Public Art Gallery

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 An opening event for the “Remembering Florida” exhibition at the TECO Public Art Gallery is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

The exhibition, which opened Sept. 5 at the downtown Tampa gallery, is a group presentation featuring Ralph Terrell of TECO and artist and teacher Hernie Vann. “Remembering Florida” is a painting exhibition of wildlife, landscapes and Florida scenes past and present.  Work by adult students of Mr. Vann’s evening painting class are also included in the exhibition.

Mr. Terrell is a fourth generation Floridian whose family arrived in Tampa from Ohio in the late 1800’s. Three years ago, a friend enrolled Mr. Terrell in an evening art class at the Idlewild Baptist Church.  “He was fortunate to get Hernie Vann as an art teacher.  Hernie’s love for art is contagious and his passion for painting Florida has resonated in Ralph’s artwork,” according to the gallery.

A realistic painter of Florida wildlife and landscapes, Mr. Vann “likes the versatility that acrylics offer him and paints in a wide range of styles from impressionism to realism.  He especially loves using multiple glazes and washes to obtain the effect he desires,” the gallery said. The theme for artist Vann’s work is “Remembering Florida as it once was through my art.”

The TECO Public Art Gallery, located at 702 North Franklin Street, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information about the gallery, contact Curator Debra Radke at dradke2@gmail.com. For information about the exhibition, call Ralph Terrell at 813-917-6549 or visit artist Hernie Vann’s website at http://www.vannart.com.

“Remembering Florida” runs through Oct. 31, is free of charge and open to the public.

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