Friday, August 28, 2009
Painting the Region, The William Bartram Trail
Painting the Region
October 6-10, 2009
Press Release for Painting The region
For more information or to obtain a photo of Linda Blondheim, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicist Sarah Carey
Aug. 28, 2009
Noted Southern landscape artist to paint at Bartram Trail sites Oct. 6-10
GAINESVILLE – Award-winning Southern landscape artist Linda Blondheim is among the artists selected to participate in “Painting the Region: The Bartram Trail,” a five-day, juried event that will take place Oct. 6-10 in Northern St. Johns County.
Artists will paint “en plain air” – French for “in open air,” – as they rotate between four locations along the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway, State Road 13, five miles south of Mandarin and Julington Creek in the communities of Fruit Cove, St. Johns and Switzerland, Fla.
The area, part of a much longer "Bartram Trail," commemorates John and William Bartrams' time in St. Johns County during their extensive explorations of the Southeast between 1765 and 1774.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the North Florida Florida Land Trust and the St. Johns Cultural Council.
“I have a deep love for Florida, being a Florida Cracker,” says Blondheim, who co-founded Plein Air Florida and organized the very first paint-out in Florida at Ozello in 2001. “I love the culture of North Florida -- its cuisine, being a chef, and its land.”
Blondheim has painted professionally for more than 30 years, at times supporting herself in jobs as a professional caterer and chef. She is passionate about the state and has shared her talent and enthusiasm for the outdoors as a signature member of Florida Artist Group, Inc., as well as Plein Air Georgia, Alabama Plein Air Artists and Fresh Air. Blondheim has completed many paintings of Florida's rivers in her ongoing quest to capture “old Florida” in her unique and distinctive style, and says she is anxious to paint the St. John's River as well as other spots in St. John's County.
Known primarily for her lush Florida landscapes, Blondheim paints primarily in oils, acrylics and gouache. She is a listed artist with Art Price, Ask Art, The American Artist Bluebook and Marquis Who's Who in American Art. She has a museum history in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia and is gallery represented in Florida, Virginia, and Alabama.
Her work is often described as painterly or as representational painting. Sometimes she is referred to as a representational expressionist or an American Impressionist. She enjoys plein air painting fall through spring, during the mild Florida climate, and enjoys traveling throughout the South to capture the beauty found in each state. Although some of Linda's work is done en plein air, she also enjoys
working from plein air studies and photographs to complete larger works in the studio. Her paintings are found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Whether she focuses on landscapes, rivers and lakes, or, in her new series, Florida Farms and Ranches, Blondheim throws her skill into artistically capturing and preserving the South in which she was born, has raised her daughters and works as a self-supporting artist.
Blondheim holds a BFA degree from the University of Tampa, performed post-baccalaureate studies at the University of South Florida and has been painting for 30 years.
Deeply committed to land and water conservation in Florida, Blondheim supports both the Alachua County Land Trust and the Conservation Trust of Florida. She realizes that not only is she painting what she knows, but she is preserving parts of Florida's history as well. Barns may collapse from disuse and time, horses and cattle may become displaced by human “development,” but Blondheim’s paintings will capture and save forever the South that once was, still is but less so, and that may one day disappear.
For additional information:
*Visit Linda Blondheim's Web site at: www.lindablondheim.com or e-mail her directly at email@example.com.
*Learn more about “Painting the Region: The Bartram Trail,” at: www.paintingtheregion.com
acrylic on birch panel
wired and ready to hang