Among all the many, many types of contemporary art in the Miami area, Carol McArdle’s realism art really stands out. It fills the need for those who are wanting something closer to their hearts, the beauty of Florida’s tropical scenery and wildlife.
McArdle is one of Florida’s best known and nationally recognized professional painters of tropical landscapes, waterscapes and birds, and now her work is represented by Coconut Grove Gallery and Interiors, 2884 Bird Ave. To celebrate and invite the public they are holding a solo show.
Carol McArdle will be at the Nov. 13 opening reception for her show at the Coconut Grove Gallery to meet the guests.
“I am looking forward to meeting some new art lovers at my first solo show at the beautiful Coconut Grove Gallery and I will be bringing some new paintings to exhibit there for the first time,” McArdle said.
In her bold and colorful oil paintings, McArdle captures the beauty of the fast disappearing natural Florida. She researches her subjects of native Florida species and unaltered, natural landscapes in the same places many of us go to escape the modern world — national parks, state parks, wildlife refuges and other preserved areas.
She has captured the hearts of her collectors and viewers with her beautiful work of the old Florida that takes our breath away. Especially popular are her roseate spoonbill portraits, waterscapes with mangroves or sea grapes, landscapes and her latest subject, water turtles.
The opening reception, with wine and hors d’oeuvres, is Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Her show will run until Dec. 4.
Carol McArdle was born in Jamaica but from age 3 grew up in England. After high school she attended West Surry College of Art and Design but left early to become mostly a self-taught artist. In 1995 she moved to Southwest Florida and became a U.S. citizen in 2001.
McArdle’s art has received awards, grants and acclaim; she has been invited to hold solo exhibits and been accepted into national juried shows around the country. She is a two time finalist in the prestigious annual Birds in Art Exhibit at the Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI. Along with Clyde Butcher, McArdle is one of the 10 chosen Geo Atlas Artists of the Legacy Institute for Nature in Culture and has been a Resident Artist for a year in Delnor Wiggins State Park. She also has had a solo show at the Museum of the Everglades, and her work has toured the USA representing the Everglades National Park.
Artwork by Carol McArdle can be found at www.coconutgrovegallery.com.