“Arboreal” At Bailey Contemporary Arts Is Inspired By Human Interaction With Natural Environment. Curated By International Renowned Sharon Lee Hart

Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) in Pompano Beach is proud to present Arboreal”, an exhibition inspired by the lives of trees and human interaction within a natural environment. The free exhibit is available now through June 28, 2019. Curator, Sharon Lee Hart, visually explores relationships between humans, other animals, and the natural world. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Fifteen artists are taking part.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  






Bailey Contemporary Arts

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Offering contemporary art exhibits, workshops & classes!




Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents

 A   Mixed   Medium,   the   Art   of   Trees  

A  Group  Exhibition:   Arboreal


Exhibit is available through June 28, 2019









While grandiose trees easily catch our eye, this exhibition highlights the exquisite character of their unexpected and humble comrades. From preserved, pristine cherry blossoms encased in ice to A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima, trees and their parts continually school us on the process of growth, decay, and resurrection.  “This exhibition features the vibrant hues of nature and the tremendous range of nature’s canopies,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “The artists capture the essence of why we strive to preserve our natural environment.”




The lives of trees and humans are intertwined, with trees being the giver in this arguably unbalanced relationship. Trees provide oxygen, shelter, food, protection, among other things necessary for human survival. Though paradoxically underappreciated and worshiped, there is no denying trees have a profound impact on our psyche. This collection of painting, sculpture, installation, mixed-media, and photo-based work is a glimpse into how 12 divergent artists interpret and respond to trees, real and imagined.



Featured Artists:

Kate Hawkes

Mario Marzan

Sammi Mclean

Elin O’Hara Slavick

Roger Boulay

Maria Britton

Ivan Santiago

Mike Dillow

Sharon Lee Hart

William Cordova

Izel Vargas

Carol Prusa

Nick Gilmore

Roberto Navarrette

Susanne Slavick




Curated by Sharon Lee Hart, she has visually explored relationships between humans, other animals, and the natural world. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Hart’s photographs are in several permanent collections, including The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She maintains an active studio practice and is the Head of Photography and an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University.






About Bailey Contemporary Arts

The mission of the Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) is to cultivate, incubate and nurture a vibrant visual arts community that enriches Pompano Beach and its goal of being a nexus of art, creativity, diversity, and inspiration.  Serving as an incubator for artistic innovation and education, the staff of BaCA amalgamates emerging local and national artists with industry professionals to elevate the creative process. Located in the historic Bailey Hotel building, which was, at one point, the center of a thriving downtown in Pompano Beach. Built in 1923, the historic Bailey Hotel is the second oldest remaining building (right behind the old Farmer’s Bank building next door) and is part of the longest contiguous collection of historic buildings in Broward County.     baileyarts.org



About the Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department

The mission of the Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is to provide cultural programming that includes the visual arts, music, film, theater, dance, public art, history, and historic preservation for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents of and visitors to Pompano Beach, Broward County, and the greater South Florida area. The department programs and manages the City’s premiere cultural arts venues including the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, Historical Ali Cultural Arts, Bailey Contemporary Arts, the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and the Blanche Ely Historical Home. The department also oversees the City’s Public Art Program and the Pompano Beach “Crossroads” multi-disciplinary initiative. ccpompano.org





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Craig Watts Exhibits at Highland Beach Library

Emerging artist Craig Watts will be exhibiting his paintings at the Highland Beach Library in March.  His ability to illuminate landscapes is inspiring and we find his perspective innovative. Craig’s goal is to preserve a moment in time to enhance other’s appreciation for the unspoiled beauty of God’s creation. The Rickie Report urges you to go to this exhibit and meet Craig at the Public Reception. More details are in this article.



Craig Watts Fine Art






The strength and grace of trees, the energy that breathes from low country salt marshes, and the warmth of sunlight at dawn or dusk are the signatures of Craig Watts’s art. 



"Sunset in the Florida Keys"

“Sunset in the Florida Keys”



Craig’s paintings are inspired by his love of nature and fond memories of family vacations spent in the coastal low country of the Southeast and the majestic high country of the western United States. 




"Shadows on the Marsh"

“Shadows on the Marsh”


Craig’s grandmother was a professional artist and his father is an accomplished sculptor, yet Craig discovered his gift of painting relatively late in life.  After a successful career as the President of three furniture design and manufacturing companies, Craig redirected his creative talent to painting. He is fortunate to have the opportunity to study under renowned artist Miles Laventhall. Craig is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Inc.


"Watering Hole, Drink Station at the Marathon"

“Watering Hole, Drink Station at the Marathon”


Craig tells The Rickie Report, “I find myself so deeply absorbed when painting, that I experience a liberating freedom as the colors and images flow from my brush to the canvas. It is my hope and prayer that my art brings a sense of joy and spiritual awareness for the beauty of God’s creation.”


"Autumn's Dawn"

“Autumn’s Dawn”


Ancient live oaks draped with Spanish moss, salt marshes intersected by tidal estuaries and sprawling stands of Aspen trees fill Craig’s canvases.  Craig’s goal is to preserve a moment in time to enhance other’s appreciation for the unspoiled beauty of God’s creation. 


"Swimming Through"

“Swimming Through”



Craig shares, “Painting has sharpened my awareness and appreciation of the grandeur and beauty of the great outdoors.  Painting lifts my heart and spirit as the canvas comes alive from something that until then, was hidden inside my mind and soul.  Painting is my praise offering to God for all of His blessings in my life.  My Christian faith and love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, are my source of strength and peace.  It is my hope and prayer that my painting brings joy to others and honors the love, support and encouragement from my family”.



"Marsh Sunset"

“Marsh Sunset”



Observers of Craig’s paintings comment on their luminosity and depth.  Recently, Craig has been inspired to paint animals and flowers in varying styles ranging from  realism to an abstract realism exploring unique color palettes for his compositions.  His loyal dog, Hooper is always present with Craig in the studio.


Craig and Hooper

Craig and Hooper


For more information please contact  www.CraigWattsFineArt.com    or call   561-504-1632.

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