Animals Wiggle, Slither Into Paintings
Published by The Pasco Tribune
See paintings that “Wiggle, Slither, Romp & Climb” this month and next at Progress Energy Art Gallery.
The exhibit showcases Tampa Bay area artists interpreting the natural world. December’s featured artist is Lisa Ward Landsman, a native Floridian who combines her passions for art and zoology.
Meet the artists from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the downtown gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd.
Landsman got her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996 from Florida Atlantic University, was a wildlife biologist with the SPCA Wildlife Care Center, recorded chimpanzee behavior as part of a project set up by The Jane Goodall Institute, and worked with Saw grass on an Everglades restoration project.
During the same time, she reproduced classic paintings by artists such as Picasso and Matisse for the company World Masterpieces.
She continues to pursue a dual career by working part time in the Department of Biological Operations at The Florida Aquarium.
“My work is inspired by my love of zoology and entomology, conservation, pop art, mid-century modern design, bold color and my desire to create an appreciation for the most unloved of Earth’s beneficial creatures,” Landsman said in a statement.
The Progress Energy gallery show also features Sali Dalton, Arthur Ball, Suzanne Natzke, Edwina “Winnie” Curtis and Nancy Jacey.
In related news, musician Dave Eichenberger will perform Baroque-inspired carols to promote the re-release of his album “A Christmas Past,” which is being sold at the gallery until the end of the “50 Below” art sale on Dec. 23.
For gallery details, call (727) 848-6500 or visit http://www.nprgallery.com.