Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

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Exhibitions calendar for the Division of Cultural Affairs

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Gallery for Innovation and the Arts

Through May 30, 2014

Springs Eternal: Florida's Fragile Fountains of Youth

Springs Eternal: Florida's Fragile Fountains of Youth features John Moran's 30-year project to photograph the springs of Florida. The exhibition features many striking pairs of then-and-now pictures depicting the reality that our springs, once a source of awe, are now a source of deep concern due to pollution, neglect and the groundwater demands of a thirsty state. In 2012, Moran joined forces with Dr. Lesley Gamble, creator of the Urban Aquifer, and designer Rick Kilby, author of Finding the Fountain of Youth, to initiate the Springs Eternal Project. Their collaboration has filled museum walls, wrapped city buses, and continues to develop creative forms of educational outreach inspiring Floridians to value, conserve and restore our precious waters. Learn more at SpringsEternalProject.org.

In announcing the exhibition, Secretary of State Ken Detzner noted: "Photographer John Moran captures Florida's natural resources in a way that makes the viewer appreciate them in a new light. His most recent work with Florida's natural springs is a great example of the connection between the arts and environmental conservation, and I appreciate his contributions to this cause."

Springs Eternal

"Embraced by the Light, Ichetucknee Springs State Park"

Springs Eternal

"Polar Smoke at Ginnie Springs"

22nd Floor Capitol Gallery

Through May 31, 2014

Acrylic Paintings on Canvas by Nestor Martinez

Nestor Martinez grew up in Bogota, Colombia. A lifelong artist, he has worked in the field of fine arts since 1966. Martinez graduated as an architect and throughout the years he has worked as a drafter, art illustrator and art director for several well-known advertising agencies. Martinez began working full time as an artist in the United States in 2005, when he landed a job as a fine arts painter in Tampa, Florida.

Nestor Martinez's artwork has been on exhibit throughout Florida and nationally. In 2009 Nestor joined the Coalition of Hispanic Artists and in 2013 he was selected by Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott as the featured artist for Florida's Hispanic Heritage Month.

Nestor states:

"I am inspired when I feel good. Nobody finds positive inspiration in depression. I like to be inspired by anything that has meaning. I want my work to say something even if in another manner and/or medium. That is why I title all my paintings otherwise, for me they would be devoid of meaning. I have been drawing since childhood and all of my life, including my work in advertising agencies. Of myself I have always demanded more creativity, research, communication, ideas ...passion.

"I knew of my passion for art when I realized I did not have the soul of an engineer, geologist or lawyer (to go to college) and as my mom was saying 'you have to study a profession' only then did I find the career of architect as my ally.

"People thought that was my set career as I so much liked drawing. I took advantage of my ability as an illustrator to give expression to my work. Studio projects with colorful and attractive figures in many cases diverted the attention of the professor, in such cases the project was worth more for its artistic drawing than for its architectural proposal. I'm talking about the time when plans were drawn and so the same research was illustrated in a large number of sheets. We had no computers and AutoCAD was not even a vision yet. Architecture and painting are as distant as Music is to Sculpture.

"Design elements and their interactions are important depending on the type of work required. I do not think much about them at the time of the idea or the creation, and the concept. All the techniques and resources are worth it to achieve artistic value and express what you want. I apply color with sponge, brush, spatula, cardboard and even with my fingers. As an artist I like contemporary art and I feel very sound working in surrealist art."

"Hispanic City"
acrylic on canvas
36 " x 24"

Museum of Florida History

Opening March 14, 2014

The Lure of Florida Fishing

The Lure of Florida Fishing


Cabinet Meeting Room

Until Removed

Photography by Don Browning

The artwork was donated to the Department of State Art Collection in 2007 and commemorated the establishment of a Wading Birds Rookery Sanctuary.

Part of the Capitol Complex Exhibitions program.

"Walk on Water"
24" x 31"

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