The Alliance for the Arts Presents Along the Coast Exhibit from May 4 – 26

The Alliance for the Arts’ May exhibit, Along the Coast, will feature award winning painters from Tampa, Laura Waller and Sarah Hull. Experience a sunny state of mind with an exhibition that explores Florida’s coast. The show runs from May 4-26 at the Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Laura’s large scale paintings serve as a metaphor and provide the narrative for her paintings. Sarah’s use of perspective, angles and shadows conveys tension and mood.

The opening reception will be held on May 4 from 5 – 7 p.m. and is open to the public. A conversational walk and talk with the exhibiting artists will be held on May 5 at 10 a.m. during Alliance for the Arts Weekly GreenMarket. Admission to the gallery is free, but a $5 suggested donation helps keep arts programming accessible.

About Laura Waller

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Laura Waller received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Concurrent with studies in sociology, psychology and social work, she developed a passion for art and art history.

After an eleven-year career as a professional therapist, Laura Waller became a certified financial planner and founder of the successful Waller & Wax Advisors firm in Tampa, FL. Throughout her thirty-year career in finance, she continued to paint and study independently with prestigious artists in Arizona, Florida, and Maine. Waller was selected in 2013, 2014, 2015, and again for 2018, for artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center.

As a full-time artist, Laura Waller works out of her two studios in Maine and Florida. Her Working Waterfront: Port Tampa Bay paintings were featured in a winter 2015 solo exhibition at the Clayton Galleries, Tampa, FL. Her Working Waterfront: New Work paintings were featured in a summer 2016 solo exhibition at Elizabeth Moss Galleries, Falmouth, ME. New paintings from the Port Side series were featured in a solo exhibition open from January 27, 2017 to March 11, 2017 at Clayton Galleries in Tampa, FL.

Waller was awarded the Arts Council of Hillsborough County 2016 Individual Artist Grant in 2016. Her paintings are collected by individuals and corporations nationwide.

About Sarah Hull

A few years ago, Sarah began to paint objects, figures and landscapes as they appear from an elevated point of view.

In 2015, Sarah began to focus specifically on beaches in Florida and New England. She first began to photo document beach scenes from the top floor of hotels, later in an airplane. She has also learned to use drones to  capture references for this high-elevation, bird’s eye perspective.

Her intent is to evoke a sense of isolation one might experience in a crowd; the juxtaposition of isolation and loneliness co-existing within a relaxed, leisurely recreational space, voyeuristically looking into, but not being part of the world below.

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