Five years ago, the 1,000-square-foot art gallery on the east end of the Alric C.T. Pottberg Library at Pasco-Hernando Community College opened with a retrospective of artwork by award-winning artist John M. Angelini.
Since then, the center has presented an impressive succession of work by a wide range of artists in a wide range of styles and media: watercolors, photographs, oils, sculptures, prints, mixed media, and perhaps the most lively, a presentation of the drama, Waiting for Guacamole, by therapist and playwright Elizabeth Indianos, as her large paintings of deep-hued avocados slowly rose into the space above the audience.
The tradition of presenting thought-provoking and unusual artwork at the light, airy gallery continues in 2011 and 2012 with seven exhibits ranging from glass art to paintings by Dr. Seuss to artwork by PHCC students, faculty and staff.
The season's opening exhibit is by Tampa artist Kurt Holyoke, Transition, Chaos, and Now. A "Meet the Artist" reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday will be held at the gallery, with regular exhibit hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, through Sept. 29.
"Holyoke's work is composed of fragmented imagery that's disparate in nature," said Courtney Boettcher, marketing coordinator for the gallery. "It starts with a bang, a spark, a rapid fire thought, idea, or perception with the hope that the initial energy is strong enough to carry the work through."
Holyoke believes "that a successful work exists within a state of perpetual now, whereby the viewer is freed from both the constraints of the past and the anticipation of the future," she said.
In short, expect to be visually challenged.
Holyoke, an honors graduate of the University of South Florida, started his career in 2000 as an instructor of drawing, painting and Tai Chi Chuan, an ancient Chinese form of movement for health and self-defense, at Hillsborough Community College. He became an instructor of art at PHCC in 2005, then returned in 2007 to HCC, where he remains.
His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, at juried art shows and in magazines throughout the Tampa Bay area and at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Ga.
Oct. 6-Nov. 3: Metal and Glass Arts by Robin Saenger and Steve Carrado
Nov. 10-Dec. 13: Post Cards from My Life by Terry Klaaren
Jan. 12-Feb. 16: The Painter of Women by Melanie Feldman
Feb. 23-April 5: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss, work by Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, courtesy Tammy White Galleries
April 12-May 23: Photography as Art by PHCC photography students
June 7-Aug. 14: Faculty and Staff Summer Art Show, annual show of a variety of artwork by the college's faculty and staff
Receptions are usually held on the day of opening, with times announced a few weeks in advance.