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Little-known gallery highlights winter art

The Brooksville City Hall features local artists' work, including watercolor, origami and airbrush, in an exhibit that runs through April 12.

Published March 19, 2004

BROOKSVILLE - The Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery is celebrating the winter season with Florida style.

Works by wildlife artist Ellen Snyder are featured prominently in the gallery's winter exhibit. They include pastel representations of egrets, deer and heron.

"It's hard to find Florida artwork that doesn't look like a bad postcard," said visitor Margaret McGuire as she perused a wall of Snyder's watercolor paintings. "But these are just gorgeous."

The nature paintings are only part of the exhibit, which also features the work of many local artists, including origami by Masao Yamada and airbrush art by John Webster.

Though the City Hall surroundings do not have the traditional design of a gallery, the lobby area's vaulted ceilings and open space make an impressive backdrop for the works on display.

"We have a good mix of different types of art in this exhibit," said gallery manager Mary Alice Queiros. "People have been very impressed by the diversity of the art."

In honor of Black History Month, which was February, the exhibit features a display of African art and artifacts.

One painting features a woman known simply as Namadjuwan, a resident of the Ivory Coast. In the portrait, her dark eyes seem almost playful despite her serious expression.

"I think this is probably my favorite part of the exhibit," said McGuire, who discovered the art gallery when she stopped by City Hall on personal business. "This is such a refreshing treat."

In the six years since she began the gallery project, Queiros said her biggest hurdle has been getting the word out that the gallery exists. Once people find it, she said, they love to return.

The winter exhibit runs through April 12 and is open during business hours Monday through Friday at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., in downtown Brooksville. Admission is free.

[Last modified March 19, 2004, 01:20:38]

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