Thomas Center Galleries Announce Stroke of Brilliance: An Exhibition of Literary & Visual Art


The Thomas Center Galleries announce an evening of art, poetry, music and dance to honor the artists and poets of Stroke of Brilliance: An Exhibition of Literary & Visual Art, on view in the Historic Thomas Center’s Main Gallery from Thursday, March 24 to Saturday, May 14. The opening reception for Stroke of Brilliance will take place Thursday, March 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Stroke of Brilliance leads the viewer on an artistic treasure hunt that yields gems of painting and poetry from the work and collections of artists and authors. The visual art in the exhibition has been curated by Anne E. Gilroy, and the poetry has been selected and edited by Melanie Peter. Quiet and meditative, the exhibition endeavors to provide a contemplative accompaniment to the Historic Thomas Center’s glorious architecture and blooming gardens.

The opening reception, entitled A Night of Brilliance, is a departure from the venue’s traditional openings. Guests will be invited to join in an evening of waltzing in the Thomas Center’s Spanish Court. Experienced and novice dancers alike are welcome to dance beneath the Spanish Court’s iconic glass canopy ceiling to live music by Hoggetowne Fancy. An English country dance will be demonstrated during the evening.

The musicians of Hoggetowne Fancy are John Monkus on recorder, Pete Turner on Irish bouzouki, Bob Reynierson on steel-string guitar and renaissance guitar and David Willkomm on percussion.

Paintings from the exhibition and a preview image of Night of Brilliance can be viewed online at

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