Florida Artists in Orleans

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Detail of a Mark Messersmith painting

Two Florida artists are currently having a major showing of their works in New Orleans, at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Mark Messersmith, a Professor of Art at Florida State University, dominates several rooms with his large, brightly-painted canvasses inspired by the wetlands south of Tallahassee.

Drawing on inspirations ranging from the pre-Raphaelites, Southern folk art and medieval art, his paintings are dense, radiant and sculptural depictions of the flora and fauna of northern Florida struggling to survive against human encroachment.

Another Tallahassee artist, Alexa Klimbaud, has filled a room with her stunning depictions of medicinal plants in full bloom. Sculptural portraits of these plants, like the marshmallow plant shown here, surround lush landscapes of their native environments. Each is seemingly balanced on a gestural root system that quite literally adds a unique twist to each artwork.


Both exhibits run through July 23, 2012. For more information, consult the museum website: ogdenmuseum.org

Clifford Cunningham

Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist currently affiliated with the National Astronomical Research Institute. He did his PhD work in the history of astronomy at James Cook University, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. He is the author of 12 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honour by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1990.

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