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Milt Shirley at JAXPORT Gallery
January 7-February 28, 2013, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Where: JAXPORT Gallery - 2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Directions
Milt’s art can be seen locally at the Island Art Gallery and the Amelia Island Plantation Gallery. His work is in public and private collections throughout the USA.
"I derive my inspiration from salt marshes because I have lived on or near them for 40 years. I like the panoramic view of vast expanses of grass and skies. I paint for my memories, dreams and imagination. For the most part, my paintings are tranquil sunsets or sunrises across the marsh. However, on occasion I chase off into an approaching thunderstorm or nor’easter. I want my viewers to feel the mood and drama in my paintings.
I actually started out majoring in art in college. During my first semester I realized that with a degree in art, I would end up doing window display in a department store for 40 bucks a week. So I changed my major to engineering. Most of my life has been spent, as an environmental engineer. My family and I moved to Fernandina Beach in 1969. In the seventies, I took some classes in oil painting at the recreation center. I actually showed my work at one of the first Shrimp Festivals, and sold a painting–for 25 dollars. Those were good days, but working full time and eventually entering the political arena left little time for art and eventually I gave it up. I didn’t really pick up the brushes again until 2002. Being retired now, I spend a large part of my time everyday behind the easel. I have exhibited many times in the Shrimp Festival, but in the last year or so, I have begun exhibiting in more shows. Many of my artist friends don’t like doing shows, however, I love it. It takes a lot of time and effort, and yes, a few bucks to gear up for the show. My wife says I like it because I get to meet so many people; and I suppose she’s right. I do like to slip into the crowd and listen to the comments from people walking by the booth. I find that being an artist is both a lot of fun and very rewarding. I’m just a marsh painter- that’s what I do!"
For additional information and/or images, please contact Meredith Fordham Hughes by email or by phone at (904) 357-3052.
About JAXPORT Gallery
Located on the first floor of JAXPORT Headquarters, the Gallery features local artists rotating on a bi-monthly basis. JAXPORT Gallery is open during normal JAXPORT Headquarters hours and admission is free. Learn more about JAXPORT and the Arts.
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