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Pop art is the feature at latest City Hall Art Gallery exhibit


When Rachel Fogarty-Oleson took over as director at the City Hall Art Gallery a year ago, her goal was to bring something fresh and new with each exhibit.

Since the 2013 exhibits were planned before her arrival, Fogarty-Oleson wasn't able to put her personal touch on things until this year.

The success of both the "Brooksville Raid" exhibit that opened in January and the most recent "Blue" exhibit, held in conjunction with the Florida Blueberry Festival, would seem to indicate that Fogarty-Oleson is heading in the right direction.

A reception to kick off the newest exhibit, "Poppin — An Event," will take place today at the gallery. The exhibit pays homage to pop art, a style of art that got its start in the 1950s and uses images from popular culture, such as advertisements and news.

The exhibit will feature works by 10 to 15 local artists. There also will be works by students of Roxanne Campbell, the art teacher at Explorer K-8 School, and students of Andy Fotopoulos, the art teacher at Powell Middle School.

"The exhibit's theme was actually presented to me by Roxanne Campbell," Fogarty-Oleson said. "Her students will be showing pop art."

The reception, which will be on the opening day of the exhibit, will also include entertainment by the Parrott Middle School chorus. Food and refreshments will be available, provided by several local restaurants.

Having the reception on opening day is something that Fogarty-Oleson started this year.

"We want everyone to come out and have a good time while the exhibit is new, fresh and fun," she said.

The purpose of the exhibits, Fogarty Oleson said, is to provide local artists a platform to show their works and have a chance to meet other artists. What's even better, she said, is when the artists are able to sell their works at one of the exhibits.

" 'Blue' was phenomenal show," Fogarty-Olsen said. "It was great to see some of the artists actually sell a piece at the show."

And she promises the "Poppin" exhibit, which will be on display through the summer months, is going to be "awesome."

"More and more people are coming to our events," Fogarty-Oleson said. "And I am hoping they get bigger and better each time."

>>if you go

"Poppin — An Event"

art exhibit

Opening reception: 5 to 7 p.m. today

Where: City Hall Art Gallery, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville

Admission: Free

Information: Call City Hall at (352) 540-3810.

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