TREASURE ISLAND – The Art Guild of Treasure Island and its members have a new exhibit through Thursday, March 2, at the community center.
Adorning the walls are the paintings of five new artists including Sandra Birkholz, Muriel Gouze, Stephen Hunter, Toni Parsons and Fred Wilder.
Gouze is a traditionalist, painting in a variety of mediums and subjects. Her work with Daniel Greene and the late Ritchie Cooper, noted local artist, is beautifully evident in “Stephanie and Friends.” This pastel painting takes one back to childhood when stuffed animals could be counted on to offer comfort or hours of fun.
In contrast, acrylic painter Parsons uses explosive color ala Van Gogh to tell her story. Parsons enthusiastically credits Judi Dazzio with her bold compositions. She says there is a deliberate raw handling of the paint in “Downtown” to depict the varied faces of disconnected urbanites.
Hunter, a newcomer to the area, seeks to show nature’s beauty. Not surprisingly, his realistic oil paintings reflect his engineering background, but he does want some emotion to come through. A case in point is the striking “Louisiana Shrimper,” in the muted grays of dawn. Hunter says he has tried to capture the sights and sounds, sea and sky and the closeness to nature he felt.
The community center is at Park Street and 106th Avenue. Call 547-4575.