WHEN: April 23rd, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
COST: Free Admission
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Art Lovers, Creative Community
Studio 1212 Art Gallery,
founded in 1970 by former students of William Pachner, will hold it's annual "Black and White" art show on Sunday, April 23rd from 1 to 4 p.m., in honor of Mr. Pachner's 102nd birthday. Born on April 7, 1915 in Czechoslovakia, Pachner studied art in Vienna and worked as an illustrator in Prague before coming to the United States in 1939, on the eve of World War II. When he learned in 1945 that all members of his family had been exterminated during the Holocaust, he quit his commercial career and focused on abstract paintings, to express what he felt. Having lost sight in one eye when he was a child, his paintings were vivid to counterbalance his lack of depth perception. His colorful landscapes have been displayed at various Tampa Bay venues, including the Holocaust Museum. He mentored budding artists while residing in the bay area. Some of those artists founded Studio 1212 Art Gallery. Later in his career, when he lost sight in his one good eye, he began painting in black and white. Although Mr. Pachner no longer resides in Florida (he currently lives in Woodstock, NY), Studio 1212 remains dedicated to him by hosting an annual Black and White show to honor him and his struggle to continue painting when colors ceased to be visible for him. This annual dedication features oil, watercolor, acrylic, alcohol ink, pastel, and collage/assemblage works by 22 local artists. Attendees will have an opportunity to win a basket full of original artwork and art supplies valued at over $100. Free parking. Free admission.