Abby Hogan's 'artistic flame' is on view at the Harn Museum Store
By Kala Parkinson, UF '21
An eclectic spirit, Abby Hogan is unashamed to live a life as colorful as the clothes she wears. “My filters are nonexistent,” she says. Growing up in a family of artists, her creative spirit has always been alive. However, it was in her thirties when she moved with her family to Africa because of Navy duty that Abby’s artistic flame was truly ignited.
Living in Africa for five years, experiencing such places as Botswana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria, as well as spending two years in the Caribbean, left a lasting imprint on Abby’s character. She tells of how life there is slowed down, with people not so concerned about the little things. “I learned to lighten up. I changed my attitude towards life,” she says.
Among her works of art, many of which are available in the Harn’s gift shop, are textiles, handbags, dolls, baskets, notebooks, pillows, lanyards, greeting cards, and African-inspired jewelry. She implements the ‘liberated quiltmaking’ style of art into her work, in which fabrics are freely, yet deliberately created to feature crooked seams and an array of colors. “Some of my color combinations in my designs are pretty unconventional,” she admits.
As much as Abby enjoys looking at her art, she knows that she can’t keep it all to herself. “I hope my art makes people happy, because that’s what it does for me,” she says. “I want it to spark people’s imagination. I hope seeing all of these colors opens them up.”
You can check out Abby’s latest creations at the Museum Store; Tuesday-Friday, 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.
Her works range in price from $5 to $70.
Harn Museum - Art of Inquiry, March 5th to July 7th, 2019
Congratulations to Artisans' Guild members Gretchen Brooks - Fiber, and Nancy Betty - Painting. The work of these two artists were among 52 works of art selected from 378 entries in the highly juried and prestigious Art of Inquiry show. Nancy Betty's oil on panel "Portal" received an Award of Merit and Gretchen Brooks' art quilt "Connections" was the only fiber work selected to be in the exhibition.
2018 - Congratulations to Glass Artist Jacquelyne Collett who won "Best In Show" and Wood Artist Chris Tatum who won an "Award of Excellence" at the 37th Annual Downtown Festival and Art Show held December 1st and 2nd in Gainesville, Florida
2018 - Gretchen Brooks received a Best in Show award at the judged Gainesville Fine Arts Association Art Exhibit in the Gallery at Oak Hammock. Her fiber art wall hanging, "Evening Flight" was chosen from 79 works of art of all media, including painting, photography, oils, watercolors, and 3D works. The show will run from October 8, 2018 through January 5, 2019.
2018 - Congratulations to Glass artist Jacquelyne Collett who won Best in Show at the 34th Annual Art Festival at Thornebrook, held October 13th & 14th, 2018.
2018 - Ceramic Artist Cindy Barnett won an Award of Merit at the judged Gainesville Fine Arts Association, Art Exhibit in the Gallery, at Oak Hammock. Her pottery, functional white stoneware nesting bowls, has an active black glaze over sprayed with a white glaze, resulting in a glaze reminiscent of a distant universe which is different on each piece. This durable pottery is food safe, usable in the oven, dishwasher and microwave, and adds art to your daily life. .
2018 - KATE MURRAY'S POTTERY FEATURED IN NATIONAL EXHIBITION
Congratulations to Artisans' Guild Gallery member Kate Murray, whose spotted bronze window jar (pictured here) will be featured in the Market House Craft Center's Strictly Functional Pottery National exhibition in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from Sept. 21-Oct. 27.
This national juried competition selects 95-100 quality pieces of functional pottery for its annual exhibition, which is recognized as one of the top ceramic exhibitions in the country. This marks the fifth time Kate's ceramics have been accepted into the exhibition.
2016 - DIANE TONNESSEN HONORED FOR FLORIDA OAKS
Florida Oaks (Quercus Floridiana), linoleum block prints depicting the leaves and acorns of Florida’s native oak trees, created by member artist Diana Tonnessen to support the Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN) Clinic in Brooker, Florida. The clinic provides medical and dental services to residents of rural North Central Florida regardless of their ability to pay. Exhibit and reception honoring the ACORN Clinic during the downtown ArtWalk, Friday, October 28 from 7-10 p.m.
2016 - LINDA PENCE'S WORK ON DISPLAY AT LOCAL BANK
2016 - Diana Tonnessen's work selected for CEDAR KEY art festival poster
Diana's artwork was selected to be the poster art for the "Cedar Key's 52nd Annual Fine Arts Festival". The festival is April 9 and 10th, 2016.
2012 & 2014 - MANDY MACIAS AND ANA VARELA ARE FEATURED ARTISTS IN SENIOR TIMES MAGAZINE
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