Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Figure As Vehicle - Mount Dora Center for the Arts - January-March, 2013

John Carollo • Marsha De Broske Present The Figure as Vehicle
Mount Dora Center for the Arts • Mount Dora, FL 
January 11 - March 2, 2013

OCTOBER 17, 2012 - ORLANDO, FL - Orlando artists John Carollo and Marsha De Broske will present their collaborative show of figurative artwork at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts in Mount Dora, FL. The exhibition will run from January 11 - March 2, 2013 and feature an opening reception on Friday, January 11. Additionally, the artists will be in the gallery presenting demonstrations of their techniques and answering questions from guests on Thursday, January 24 and Thursday, February 21, from 6:00-8:00 pm. The show will be on display during the 38th annual Mount Dora Art Festival, February2-3, providing an opportunity for the thousands of festival attendees to enjoy it.


The Figure has been drawn, painted, sculpted, carved, photographed and videotaped. It has been depicted from cave drawings to the present, used as a focal point of contemplation from ancient sculpture through Renaissance sensuality, to modern abstraction. Meaning, emotional connection and invitations for thought, connection and understanding are often reflected through its shape, positioning or setting.

Our figures move beyond form to become vehicles for conveying messages to the viewer. They can be a voyage between worlds or time - gestural and stately, relaxed or straining with tension. Though we work in different mediums, a binding through line we share is the invitation each of our pieces offers the viewer to find a personal connection and interpretation with our work. Visitors are invited to contemplate various moods as they enjoy artwork displayed on the walls, windows and even ceiling, including the premiere of a dynamic 15’ collaborative piece, showcasing the unique abilities of both artists, specifically created for the Center for the Arts.

John Carollo

John Carollo is a noted abstract watercolor artist, working in 2D with paintings ranging from small size to very large scale, as well as 3D with unusual watercolor, painted silk and mixed media installations, a new one of which will be spotlighted in this show. Working in an expressive style he calls “Controlled Chaos,” his work has been featured in The Albin Polasek Museum,  the City of Orlando Stage Gallery, and numerous galleries and venues in Florida and Georgia. He is a 2012 and 2007 United Arts of Central Florida grant recipient, aiding the continuing development of his work and the presentation of The Figure As Vehicle exhibition. Learn more about John at or at

Marsha De Broske
Marsha De Broske is an accomplished sculptor working primarily in bronze, whose work has been recognized and selected for display in numerous galleries and public art venues, such as the Museum of Florida Art, the Kissimmee Sculpture Experience and the Grand Bohemian Gallery. She received United Arts of Central Florida grants in 2007 and 2004 and has work in the permanent collection of the Crealde Sculpture Garden in Winter Park. Learn more about Marsha at


The Mount Dora Center for the Arts, located at 138 East Fifth Avenue • Mount Dora, FL 32757 is a multifaceted community center providing fine art gallery exhibitions, education programs for all ages and levels, quarterly Art Strolls and the Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival, which brings together nationally acclaimed artists for a weekend-long arts experience. Gallery hours M-F 10 am - 4 pm. Saturday 10 am-2 pm. Vist or call 352-383-0880 for more information.

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The Figure As Vehicle and artwork of John Carollo is funded in part by a 2012 Artist Development Grant  from the United Arts of Central Florida.

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