Gainesville Fine Arts Association 2014 Showcase Opens at the Thomas Center Galleries


The Thomas Center Galleries will host an opening reception for the Gainesville Fine Arts Association 2014 Showcase exhibition Saturday, Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m. The reception, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Historic Thomas Center’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting event. The exhibit runs in the Mezzanine Gallery through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.

The Gainesville Fine Arts Association 2014 Showcase is a juried event open to all Gainesville Fine Arts Association’s (GFAA) members. The show was judged by respected artist and educator Norman K. Jensen. Forty artists have contributed more than 65 pieces to the show in a variety of media from oil-on-canvas paintings to hand-dyed textile art and from high-resolution photographs to steel sculpture. The artworks represent the artists’ latest work and are available for purchase.

Celebrating its 91st anniversary, the GFAA has fostered and encouraged the study of the visual arts through every medium since 1923. The GFAA strives to value, foster and celebrate the visual art contributions of its members and is recognized as a diverse organization of emerging and accomplished visual artists enriching the cultural and economic vitality of the Gainesville community and beyond.

Selected items from the exhibit can be viewed online at

Also on display in the Main Gallery is THE HEART OF A CULTURE The Santos of Xavier Colón Marrero. Curated by Héctor Puig, this exhibition features 30 carved “Santos” representing the Virgin Mary in various manifestations by Puerto Rico’s 2014 Young Artisan of the Year.

The Thomas Center Galleries are located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The galleries are closed for observed holidays. For additional gallery information, please contact Russell Etling, interim cultural affairs manager, at 352-393-8532 or visit