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Tallahassee's Arts & Cultural Events Calendar

Tallahassee's Arts & Cultural Events Calendar

Tallahassee’s blend of small town atmosphere combined with its big-city activities make it the ideal spot for a diverse & vibrant arts scene. Search these listings from the Tallahassee Arts Guide below to find everything from quaint galleries and historic landmarks to stage performances and music festivals that you can enjoy right here in Florida’s capital city & surrounding area.


The Lost Garden of Hesperides

Presented by Venvi Art Gallery at Venvi Art Gallery, Tallahassee

September 03 - October 17

Venvi Art Gallery is pleased to present Mark Messersmith’s third solo exhibition with the gallery titled, “Lost Garden of Hesperides”. Mark Messersmith’s electrifying compositions meditate on the beauty, chaos, and tragedy that exists in our modern environments. While technological advancements have made human life more convenient and comfortable, the natural landscape and its inhabitants are too often violated and left to deal with the consequences we created for them and in return,...

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Venvi Art Gallery is pleased to present Mark Messersmith’s third solo exhibition with the gallery titled, “Lost Garden of Hesperides”. Mark Messersmith’s electrifying compositions meditate on the beauty, chaos, and tragedy that exists in our modern environments. While technological advancements have made human life more convenient and comfortable, the natural landscape and its inhabitants are too often violated and left to deal with the consequences we created for them and in return, for ourselves as well. The stunning paintings not only captivate the viewer but also address difficult and dark subjects. In these paintings, Messersmith uses brilliant complementary colors that make the ecosystem and its inhabitants seem as if they are glowing. Additionally, he paints with such movement that it doesn’t take much to imagine the creatures running or flying out of the decorative frames and into the gallery. It is in this manner that he brings the viewer in until they realize the interwoven beauty and tragedy within each scene. Messersmith explains, “My work is really about our relationship to all other living creatures at this precarious moment, a place midway between hope and despair.” The flora and fauna of Florida fill his compositions, from magnolia trees and alligators to luna moths and black bears. His paintings are inspired by these creatures, their habitats, and the difficulties they encounter in our anthropocentric world. He also pulls inspiration from 19th-century American artists such as Martin Johnson Heade, George Inness, and James Audubon, who came to Florida after the Civil War and painted romanticized versions of the landscape. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Messersmith has been a longtime resident of Tallahassee. His work has found homes in many permanent museum collections and earned him numerous awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award, a Le Grand Prix XXXIII Festival International de la Peinture Purchase Award, and several Florida Individual Artist Fellowships.

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Dates & times

Wed, Sep 29 @ 12:30 pm Wed, Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Sep 30 @ 12:30 pm + 22 more dates and times

Thu, Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Oct 01 @ 12:30 pm Fri, Oct 01 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Oct 02 @ 12:30 pm Sat, Oct 02 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Oct 03 @ 12:30 pm Sun, Oct 03 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Oct 06 @ 12:30 pm Wed, Oct 06 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Oct 07 @ 12:30 pm Thu, Oct 07 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Oct 08 @ 12:30 pm Fri, Oct 08 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Oct 09 @ 12:30 pm Sat, Oct 09 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Oct 10 @ 12:30 pm Sun, Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm Wed, Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm Thu, Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm Fri, Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm Sat, Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm Sun, Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm - Less dates

Admission

No tickets necessary, admission to the gallery is always free.

Location

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2901 E Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301

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Are you an artist? Perhaps you’re looking for more arts & cultural opportunities & events? Be sure to check out TallahasseeArts.org for more information about the arts and cultural community in our area.

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