About the Gallery
The Kristin Michelle Mason Art Gallery at Beacon College was formally opened and dedicated in February of 2014. It is located inside the Mason Art Center located at 103 East Main Street. Exhibitions have included student shows, faculty shows, senior portfolio shows, in addition to exhibitions from professional artists. The public is always welcome to view the current exhibition in the gallery, and events are free.
Artistic mediums displayed in the gallery have ranged from traditional paintings to installation art to performance pieces. Experimental art forms are appreciated. Artists interested in being featured in an exhibition should contact Gallery Director Dustin Boise at email@example.com or 352-638-9726.
The gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. For special events, additional hours may be offered, including weekend hours. Opening exhibition receptions are generally held from 4-6pm.
The Mason Art Gallery hosts rotating art exhibitions featuring the work of Beacon students and alumni as well as art work from local high school students.
The Masked Project
Artist: Lee Clarke
Exhibition: through November 10
Artist Lee Clarke long has been drawn to the intriguing correlation between masks used for different purposes and that confluence of truths. Clarke explores that interplay in his series, “The Masked Project,” now on display through November 10 at the Kristin Michelle Mason Gallery. “Ceremony, theatre, stage and the spectacle of sport and warrior culture have a curious connection,” he says. “The power of the mask, the way it conceals and emboldens the wearer at the same time are something I find very intriguing.” The Canadian artist now lives in Winter Park, Fla. and teaches art for the online departments of the Los Angeles Film School and Full Sail.
See The Masked Project at the Mason Art Gallery through November 10.
Artist: Chris Padilla
Exhibition: December 2 – 15, 2016
Chris Padilla describes his art work: “My journey begins when I dream or am in deep thought—my imagination is fed by my recurring dreams. It is here that I then turn these dreams and deep thoughts into reality. I work hard to create pieces that speak to viewers about the choices we make. If we continue to repeat our mistakes, what will the future of humanity hold for us? Through my pieces I want people to come together and become good; not bad-to live in peace and realize that you are living in the real world; to stop destroying nature. Accepting love and friendship; losing one that matters the most. Allowing the viewers to feel. When we see things that are not right, we need to fix it through exploration and change the ways we see things into nature and beauty. Every single piece is a shattered memory; filled with despair and misery but also beauty and grace. Some may find it dark; some may find something that brings a smile upon your face.
This exhibition is an exploration of the imagination–filled with nightmares and a spiritual connection to the real world.
View photos from the opening reception here.
Artist: Dustin Boise
Exhibition: August 29-November 21st
Reception: Friday, August 29th from 4-6pm