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SEPTEMBER 2021

FloArts presents visual arts exhibition “Essential: A Retrospective Exhibition”

Essential exhibition
Larimer exhibit

The Florida School of the Arts, located at the Palatka campus at St. Johns River State college, presents “Essential: A Retrospective Exhibition” by FloArts Dean Alain Hentschel and friends he has met along his art journey. Free and open to the public, “Essential” opens with a gallery reception at 7:00 p.m. on October 21. The exhibit closes on December 9.

Featuring paintings from his personal archives, Hentschel said, “The exhibition ‘Essential’ came about as an idea something like a retrospective. The notion of a ‘look back’ soon became more than a chronicling of work, but a deeper reflection of a life in art alongside other artists I’ve met along the way. Most of the friends’ work in this exhibition are pieces traded for my own work, though not exclusively during my 22 years living and working in Paris.”

Hentschel invites the community to join him on opening night at the FloArts gallery to view this collection of art that includes pieces from both an earlier time and more recently. After opening night, the exhibit can be viewed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and during FloArts main stage performances.


“Paintings: An Interior Travelogue” by Hentschel at The Larimer Arts Center

A second exhibit by Hentschel, “Paintings: An Interior Travelogue,” can be seen at The Larimer Arts Center located at 216 Reid Street in Palatka. This exhibition, which opens with a gallery reception at 6:00 p.m. on October 8, “spans time, travel and continents,” said Hentschel.

“Notions of consistent style, abstract versus objective subject matter, etc., are jettisoned in favor of a deeper response to knowledge and memory,” Hentschel explained, adding, “I have been influenced by fellow artists, the city of Paris, the French countryside, the wetlands of Florida, and the tidepools of my youth in Southern California. The alchemy occurs when all these places are filtered through experience and become the sustaining inspiration for my work.”

Hentschel invites the community to join him on October 8 at The Larimer to view this selection of paintings from his personal visual history. The event is free. After October 8, “Paintings: An Interior Travelogue” can be viewed by appointment only. To schedule a visit, call (386) 312-4300 or email forcesatplay@yahoo.com. The exhibit closes on November 18.

“I hope visitors enjoy and are inspired by both of these exhibitions,” said Hentschel. Florida School of the Arts serves the entire state of Florida and is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards associate degrees in acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art. For more information, call (386) 312-4300 or visit www.floarts.org.


PHOTO CAPTIONS:
Ode to joy (2020), “Essential: A Retrospective Exhibition” by FloArts Dean Alain Hentschel and friends
Bateau Bleu No. 2 - detail (1995), “Paintings: An Interior Travelogue” by Hentschel at The Larimer Arts Center



 

 

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