ST. PETERSBURG - Artist Dorothy Gardiner is opening a show of new works March 4 at St. Pete ArtWorks, 635 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. The exhibit continues through April 5.
An opening reception is on Saturday, March 8, 5 to 9 p.m., during the Downtown St. Pete Second Saturday Art Walk. The reception is free and open to the public.
About the artist
After earning a B.S. in Communications and Theatre from Temple University, the first 15 years of Gardiner's career were devoted completely to sculpting the human form. That work was exhibited in galleries and juried shows from Florida to New York. Although she worked in stone, wood, wire, and wax, the majority of her pieces were finished in clay, a loyalty to pastels developed slowly. It became a complete passion when she began working on location.
She says that, "when your childhood is spent hiking mountains, exploring caves, ghost towns, border towns and working on a ranch; it is not much of a leap to work en plein air."
Gardiner has studied with some of the best landscape painters in the United States. She first studied with Deborah Paris, then Ken McIndoe, Lorenzo Chavez, Albert Handell and Doug Dawson. She began instructing pastels en plein air at Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin in the fall of 2004. She has been invited to demonstrate her painting pastels en plein air techniques at The Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg and The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.
She is a member of several arts associations including Plein Air Florida, Plein Air New Mexico, Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Artists Colorado, National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters, Professional Association of Visual Artists and Founding member of Adirondack Mountain School Painters.
Gardiner also has an ongoing exhibit at The Gallery, 1313 S. Missouri Ave., Clearwater.
Gallery hours at St. Pete Artworks is Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and second Saturdays through 9 p.m.