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Artist Spotlight – Rebecca Hart

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Art in Public Places continues at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach in May with an exhibit by painter Rebecca Hart.


“There is a moment in time when as an artist I come across an unfamiliar scene which tugs at my heartstrings and compels me to capture the moment—the light, the color, the shape and the form until I possess it or it possesses me,” Ms. Hart says.


“Once encountered, there is no going back. This fleeting moment lasts a few hours or maybe a few days—before the scene becomes part of my regular or everyday existence. I agree with American painter Michael Godfrey, who writes, ‘When something I see or hear is breathtakingly beautiful and spiritually moving, I feel the presence of God and have the desire to respond.’”


Ms. Hart is a plein air artist and designer from Santa Rosa Beach. She discovered plein art painting in 2005 as a member of the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters and has been at it ever since.


Most recently, she has spent time in Europe, Alaska and the Far East working for the Department of Defense. Paints, brushes and easels are essential items in her travels.


Paintings on view at the library exhibit are a result of weekend jaunts in the countryside and a kindred connection with the culture, people and landscape.


Ms. Hart earned her BA degree in Graphic Design from Mississippi State University and her MS degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. She has exhibited and participated in workshops locally and in Italy, Colorado and Alaska.

Nan Ream


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