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SFCC Upper Level Gallery Showcases New Artist

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Barbara Wade’s acrylic painting titled: Coconut Palm.

Barbara Wade’s acrylic painting titled: Coconut Palm.

Stunning landscapes, colorful bromeliads, and stately birds justly describe the collection of artwork by Barbara Wade featured in the South Florida Community College Theatre for the Performing Arts, in the upper level gallery, Highlands Campus.  The artwork will be on display for the public Sept. 15 through Nov. 30.   The upper level gallery is designated as a community artist gallery and showcases exceptional artists from our surrounding area. 

  Wade’s collection is a combination of watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings. Wade considers herself a “multimedia and water media” specialist and usually concentrates in painting in watercolor and acrylic.   She is intrigued with color and the shapes of things while painting. According to Cathy Futral, SFCC professor, art and close friend, Wade has an “impressionistic style of way of working, in which she likes to capture the essence and the feeling of the space or the forms.”

 The subject matter of her artwork varies according to where she is at the time. When asked what she liked to focus on during painting, Wade replied, “I love to paint subjects that are appealing to others and that ultimately please me.”   Her gallery exhibition showcases some of her Florida paintings, emphasizing on her observations of the Florida Heartland.  Highlands Hammock State Park and the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge inspired all of the paintings in this showcase.  She decided to display these paintings together to appeal and interest the people of our area. 

 Wade has been interested in art her entire life, but did not really focus entirely on painting until the early 1990s.  She has been dividing her time between North Carolina and Florida for the past 20 years, but calls North Carolina home.   Over the past 25 years, Wade has enjoyed teaching workshops and classes about art.  She also loves to paint with other close friends who learn and help each other in artistic endeavors.  Her artwork can also be seen in galleries throughout North Carolina. She is involved with art in Highlands County; is a member of the Highlands Art League in Sebring, and has work featured in the Sebring Public Library and the Yellow House.   As one of the eight Yellow House studio artists in Sebring, Wade shares an onsite studio with several other artists.

 The upper level gallery is open to the public before and after any theatre performance or by appointment with the art department: 863-784-7195.  Beginning Oct. 6, the Museum of Florida At and Culture will be open Wednesday through Friday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. for additional public viewings of the gallery.  Stop by the upper level gallery and check out the outstanding paintings on display; you won’t be disappointed.

Barbara Wade works on a landscape painting.

Barbara Wade works on a landscape painting.

Barbara Wade’s acrylic painting series titled: Red Mangrove.

Barbara Wade’s acrylic painting series titled: Red Mangrove.

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