Meet “Plein Air” Painter Jana Somach This Saturday.

"Plein Air" Painter Jana Somach

“Plein Air” Painter Jana Somach

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will feature the work of local “plein air” artist Jana Somach during its first “Meet the Artists” event of 2015 on Saturday, January 17th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  The artist will be showing a variety of her work, including paintings not previously available at the Gallery.  Live jazz, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered.

Water lilies portrayed by Jana Somach

Water lilies portrayed by Jana Somach

Jana Somach and her family have lived in Pinellas County for over 40 years.  Always interested in art while growing up in the Netherlands, she went on to study metalsmithing and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam with jewelry as her creative output at the time.  Somach moved with her husband to the U.S. in 1972 and settled in Florida.  After a period of time in which weaving was her medium of choice, she studied painting at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.

Her enthusiastic embrace of the plein air (a French term meaning “open air”) process began a few years ago.  Plein air painters situate themselves away from their studios, most often in outdoor settings, and capture the essence of what they see, complete with the natural light and shadows that occur.

“We are limited in the time we have to complete a painting, usually only about two hours, because of the movement of the sun and shadows,” explains Somach.  She typically travels to plein air settings with a regular small group of women friends, often capturing Florida scenes close to water such as Honeymoon Island, the Tarpon Springs docks and Anclote River.

A depiction of Florida's natural beauty by Jana Somach

A depiction of Florida’s natural beauty by Jana Somach

Somach’s plein air paintings are a recent addition to “& Gallery.”  She will bring several additional plein air paintings to the “Meet the Artists” event, as well as some of her work in still life and portraiture.

A colorful Florida home shrouded in tropical foliage by Jana Somach

A colorful Florida home shrouded in tropical foliage by Jana Somach

Established in March 2001, Domain Home Accessories offers a large variety of unique art, décor, lighting, jewelry, cards, home goods and more, and has earned a reputation as one of Gulfport’s most respected retailers.  “& Gallery” opened in 2012 in the adjacent space and showcases the work of over 40 local and regional artists.

“Meet the Artists” events at “& Gallery” occur during Gulfport’s popular Third Saturday Art Walk.  Artists and artisans line the sidewalks of scenic Beach Boulevard on Art Walk evenings.  Independent shops and boutiques, live music venues, street performers, and Gulfport’s many popular restaurants are all part of the lively Art Walk scene.

Parking in the waterfront village is free and convenient.  Free trolleys are available for visitors parking in remote sites for transportation to and from the hub of Art Walk.

For more information, contact Daniel Hodge, (727) 366-4086 or email dan@igc.org.

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