ArtNight at the Staybridge Suites Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Staybridge Suites Downtown
940 Fifth Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
- PETERSBURG, FL – ARTicles Art Gallery and the Staybridge Suites proudly present an exhibition of abstract paintings by St. Petersburg artist Yvonne DePugh. Heavily textured with an explorative palette, DePugh’s organic abstracts are expressions of her awe for both the natural and metaphysical worlds. The exhibition will be on view February 22 – May 19, 2018.
Yvonne DePugh moved to St. Petersburg in the 1950’s with her family. She has been recognized over the years for her expertise in the real estate development and management fields and has received professional designations from the Institute of Real Estate Management. Her work is included in numerous corporate and private collections, and her paintings recently appeared in Florida Home & Design, October 2017.
Yvonne’s youth by the gulf found her skiing wildly under Corey Causeway headed to the sunset. The things coughed up by the gulf in swirling sand makes one believe they were prototypes for some of her lavish pieces. “I walked for hours just looking at the designs in the sand,” she said. Like many famed immersionists, she started painting late in life. With no formal training, the gift of her works hover near expressionistic abstract and have received wide recognition. Patrons appreciate her magical use of color or sometimes the lack thereof. DePugh throws herself physically into the canvas sometimes loud and other times with a whisper. Starting with no end, she simply moves through the raw emotions she feels at that moment. There is a look to her pieces that some call organic expressionism. She once said, “I don’t try to see things in my paintings, I just feel them.” One curator said, “lead by an unseen muse, her works are powerful…a joy…a piece of the artist frozen in time.”- Dale O. Morgan, Esq., Former Member of Orlando Mayor’s Art Advisory Board
ArtNight is hosted by the Staybridge Suites as part of its Culture and Community Bridge program. This award-winning hotel seeks to deepen its involvement in the community by offering cultural events to both its own guests and to the community at large.
ARTicles Art Gallery is an award-winning art gallery in St. Petersburg, FL that represents some of Tampa Bay’s most recognized artists. In addition to fine art, they offer custom frame design, professional art installation and concierge consultation services. 727-898-6061, firstname.lastname@example.org