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Contact: Liz Young
January 20th, 2017


“Salem’s School of Painting” Opening Art Exhibit Reception Friday, February 3rd

Join the Florida Keys Council of the Arts for an opening reception: “Salem’s School of Painting, 1986 to the Present” an exhibit of work by the current and former student artists who have studied under artist Jim Salem.  The opening reception and exhibit will take place in the historic Gato Building at 1100 Simonton Street on Friday, February 3rd from 4:30- 7:00 p.m.

This show, on display from February 3rd through the end of April, will showcase the talents of many artists who participate in Jim Salem’s very popular painting classes. Inspired by the natural beauty and tropical light of the Florida Keys, Jim’s classes at the Sugarloaf Lodge have been a mainstay of the artistic scene for over 30 years. By mentoring and sharing his expertise with so many students, Salem’s guidance focuses on proper techniques, what constitutes a great painting, and development of one’s own personal style.

Jim Salem is an internationally recognized artist whose work ranges from realism to non- representational, and is clearly based on his love of nature. Jim’s exquisite artwork can been seen at his gallery, that he owns with partner, Dan Cocco, at Cocco and Salem, located at 1111 Duval Street.

 As part of the Upper Duval First Friday Gallery Stroll, Jim will display his finished demonstration pieces at Cocco and Salem Gallery. So after you visit the Gato Building, please swing by the gallery to check out more of Jim Salem’s fine artwork.

The exhibit is part of the Arts Council’s Art in Public Buildings program, designed to offer an opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work beyond a traditional gallery space and enhance the environment of those who work and visit the Gato Building. Please stop by to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. Free parking is available.