The Village of Palmetto Bay and Art South will host a reception for a new exhibit of the art of Jacquelyn Prussing at the newly remodeled Perrine Community Center on Saturday, June 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
This will be the first art exhibit presented there by Art South since the work on the historic Perrine Community Center building was completed. More exhibits are planned.
Artist Jacquelyn Prussing, who has been living in Palmetto Bay since 2003, said she is looking forward to the event.
“I’m very honored by the privilege,” Prussing said. “I love Palmetto Bay and have been an active resident in my neighborhood for a long time. I’m delighted, and a little scared, to be the first in, hopefully, a new tradition that showcases the talent that lives, works and plays in Palmetto Bay.”
Prussing is a mixed-media artist who combines oil, acrylic and household paints, photography, collages, and abstract impressions to “challenge visual perceptions, offer unique perspectives, and retell social narratives.”
With an extensive background in graphic design and photographic portraiture, she draws artistic influence from colors and textures found in nature and humanity. Through experimenting with novel techniques and layering in both ideas and paint, her Impressions represent the organized chaos at the center of our existence.
“I’m currently experimenting with all sorts of styles — as I think you will notice in my show,” Prussing said. “I’m very drawn to portraits, color and abstracts. I also enjoy reflecting the chaos and excitement of life in my work.”
She said that her interest in art goes back a long way and that many things have influenced it.
“In my heart, I am an artist since birth,” Prussing said. “I spend a lot of time observing life. I’ve done a lot of graphic work and photography. I think that’s where my love of lines, shapes and color comes from. The abstract movement, especially Jackson Pollock, drew my attention.”
Looking ahead, she is pleased with the direction the village is taking with this new initiative.
“I’m so happy to see this movement towards the arts in Palmetto Bay. We have a lot of talent in our schools and amongst our neighbors. I hope the Village agrees that we need to nurture this side of Palmetto Bay.”
Her work will be on display for one month. To RSVP for the reception call Art South at 305-662-1423. The Perrine Community Center is located at 900 Perrine Ave. in Palmetto Bay.