“Eternal Summer” features paintings, prints, photographs and more that celebrate the theme of summer in Florida.
Aptly nicknamed “The Sunshine State,” Florida experiences more than just a few short months of summer. For Floridians, summer is a way of life (much like air conditioning). It comes as no surprise that tourists flock from all over the world to experience all that Florida has to offer. With nearly year-round warm temperatures, our “eternal summer” charms visitors and residents alike with striking flora and fauna, cool and refreshing bodies of water, and endless outdoor adventures and leisure activities. All of this and more has served as inspiration for the artists featured in “Eternal Summer.”
Curated from the permanent collection, this selection of modern and contemporary paintings, prints, and photographs tells a myriad of visual stories about what it means to experience summer in Florida. Many of the artists are Florida residents, and the influence that our surroundings have had on their work clearly shines through. The local and regional springs served as inspiration for Margaret Tolbert’s paintings, as well as Bruce Mozert’s iconic vintage photographs. The unique Everglades, and the animals found within, captured the lenses of photographers Mac Stone and Martha Strawn. More lighthearted observations on sports and leisure are made by printmaker Clayton Pond, while Abigail Perlmutter’s gentle black and white photographs of plant life and water evoke feelings of calm and relaxation. The aqueous yet incredibly detailed watercolor by noted realist Janet Fish reminds us that an adventure is just around the corner.
Through the sunny perspectives of fashion, nature, leisure and sports, this multi-media exhibition will showcase modern and contemporary art with a few familiar favorites, and new works that have never been displayed at the Appleton.
Frank Dienst (American), “Illuminated Palm Fronds,” 1998. Silver gelatin print, 20 x 16 in. Gift of the artist, via Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) 2021 Transfer.
Untitled, late 1980s, cibachrome print, 19 3/4 x 15 5/8 in. Anonymous gift. Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.
Upcoming Exhibition Events
Summer Shindig for Appleton Members
Friday, June 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
All Appleton members are invited to a family-friendly seasonal shindig to celebrate the opening of “Eternal Summer.” Learn more