Upcoming Exhibition compares Surrealist Works by Maitland Art Center’s Founder J. André Smith with those by Contemporary Artists

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ORLANDO (September 1, 2017) — Visual artists have long sought to make visible that which is unseen, to provide evidence to the wrestlings of their subconscious. The Art & History Museums – Maitland’s Maitland Art Center will feature Drawing the Unseen: Artists Explore the Subconscious, from October 6 through December 17, 2017. This exhibition features the original surrealist watercolors by J. André Smith that became the illustrations in his 1936 book Art of the Subconscious. The adjoining galleries will showcase works on paper by contemporary artists who are all investigating aspects of the unseen.

Exhibition Opening Event:

Visitors can preview Drawing the Unseen: Artists Explore the Subconscious during Culture Pop! on October 6, from 6:00-9:00 p.mIn addition to the art exhibition, visitors will also be able to meet some of the featured artists, listen to live jazz by Eastside Combo, visit open studios and classrooms, enjoy pop-up exhibitions, complimentary food and a cash bar. For more information about the exhibit & event, visit artandhistory.org.

Drawing the Unseen participating artists:

Anthony Deal – A sixth generation central Floridian, Anthony Deal has been enchanted with nature and visual arts his entire life, and his love for nature remains prevalent in his artwork. Deal learned the ancient craft of metal working from contemporary blacksmiths and incorporated it with the skills he gained from attending Appalachian State University and participating at the Penland School of Craft and the Center of Craft, Creativity and Design. Deal has been an A&H Artist-in-Action from 2015-2018.

Matt Duke – Orlando based artist Matt Duke presents the viewer with intimate yet unfamiliar abstractions; patterns and marks based on his unfettered stream of consciousness, disparate thoughts and love of universally shared symbols.  Duke is the Creative Director of Artborne Magazine and hosts of the radio show Florida Overtures Undertones and Subplots on FM 91.5WPRK.

Ian Jones – Artist Ian Jones’ work continues in the rich tradition of self-taught folk artists like Howard Finster yet wraps it all in a manic search for meaning in popular culture. This Orlando based artist seems to casually and comfortably occupy that difficult place of balance between self-evaluation, deft cultural insight and a raw almost child-like moral questioning.

Kathryn Cellerini Moore – Artist Kathryn Cellerini Moore explores the way in which formative experiences continually affect our health, behavior and worldview. She believes that openly sharing thoughts, emotions and coping strategies through the transformative process of making art is of the utmost importance in a culture that prefers emotions to be masked or tucked away from the public realm.

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