Florida in Context Photography Exhibit

By | March 8, 2013

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Florida in Context Citrus Grower's House“Florida in Context,” a photography exhibition by Sarasota-based artist Virginia Hoffman, is March 1-31, at Sarasota County Visitor Information Center and History Center Museum, 701 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

The exhibit showcases photographic images of old Florida buildings, abandoned factories, unintentional still lives and vistas, including relics of boom-and-bust development. According to Hoffman, “Florida in Context,” showcases images that reveal old Florida. “I try to capture the unusual, the ordinary, the ignored and rejected,” she says. “Perhaps I can stimulate an interest in preserving places that sit quietly in the dust by revealing their essential rustic beauty.” Hoffman says she employs various methods in her work, including alternative processing techniques and mixed-media, including encaustic or painting with wax. The artist captures her images during her travels on the region’s back roads, often with fellow photographers. “It always fascinates me when I go on a trip with my buddies and we come back after photographing a place or thing and I discover that they saw something I didn’t see. I’m also struck by the way they expressed something that I photographed in one way but has become so different after being translated through their aesthetic and mind’s eye.” She says the unofficial name of the unofficial group is the “Pinhole Wizards.

A portion of sales will be donated to the Friends of Sarasota County History Center. For more information, call 941-400-5217.

Courtesy of Sarasota History Alive!

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