The Palm Beach County Cultural Council was pleased to host a reception for Palm Beach County Artists Alyssa di Edwardo and Nathan W. Dean on Saturday, July 7th. Di Edwardo and Dean each recently exhibited a unique collection of their original works in Solo Exhibitions through July 7th in the Cultural Council’s exhibition space, 601 Lake Avenue, in Lake Worth.
Friends and guests gathered Saturday afternoon in the gallery of the Cultural Council’s exhibition space to recognize the work of di Edwardo and Nathan W. Dean, and to celebrate the artists’ collections showcased in individual Solo Exhibitions.
Alyssa di Edwardo mingled and shared personal insights about her approach to art.
“I think so many times we see the end result of things,” said di Edwardo, who was on-hand to greet guests to the invitation-only reception. “It’s what goes into the work, the layers…the process. That’s what I intend that people who view my paintings discover when they see them,” she said. “Each time, I hope they see something…a new color placed...that they hadn’t noticed the first time.”
Patsy Jones, of Delray Beach represented exhibiting Artist Nathan W. Dean, who was out-of-the country on Saturday. “Nathan really would have liked to have been here today, and appreciates this opportunity,” Jones said. “He works very hard at capturing light and is intrigued by shadows,” she said. “In this photograph,” Jones said, as she gestured to one of Dean’s featured works entitled, “Beach Run,” “…he waited and waited for the shadow to come. He was more interested in the shadow than the object.”
Di Edwardo, of West Palm Beach, has exhibited her work in various spaces and her paintings are in some prestigious collections. Her Solo Exhibition featured a collection of paintings that involve gestural brush strokes and highly textural palettes and give viewers a feeling of intense movement.
Dean, of Delray Beach, presented a series, “The Art of the Image,” for his Solo Exhibition. The collection represented a sample of the artist’s original photographic works that have been featured in several exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County.
“Many artists exhibit their work in Solo Exhibitions for the first time here at the Cultural Council,” said Rena Blades, the Council’s President and CEO. “Receptions provide a nice culmination for artists as their exhibitions come to a close. It is a recognition and celebration shared among their friends, family, and invited guests.”
Most recently, di Edwardo was selected by juror Valerie Leeds, Adjunct Curator of Arts at the Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan and former curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York for the 60th Annual All Florida Juried Competition Exhibition at Boca Raton Museum of Art. Among her accolades, di Edwardo was recognized by her election into the registry of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.
Dean started his career in Science as Professor of Physics at Iowa State University and went on to hold posts as VP for Research at the University of Georgia and VP for Graduate Studies and Research at State University of New York. From 1993 – 2006, he served in various executive posts at Florida Atlantic University including Dean of Science, Vice Provost, and Vice President.
Artists interested in learning more about the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s
Solo Exhibitions are asked to contact Nichole M. Hickey, the Cultural Council’s Artists Services Coordinator at 561.472.3336, or, email@example.com
About the Palm Beach County Cultural Council:
The Cultural Council is now located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. The 12,500 square feet building contains galleries for exhibitions, the Uniquely Palm Beach Store, tourism services, and education and training facilities. It is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County's official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county. The Cultural Council's responsibilities include marketing the county's cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences. For more information, please visit www.palmbeachculture.com.