FLOR 199,Firebush (Hamelia patens),FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
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Region 4 Central West Florida

 FLOR 199
Firebush (Hamelia patens)

 
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Betty Newman, "FLOR 199: Firebush (Hamelia patens)",mixed media, 12” x 12”, 2014.(CC)

 

About the Artist

Originally from Chicago, Illinois but have been on Marco Island, Florida permanently since 1993. Painting and drawing has always been part of my life. Being an only child, crayons became the friends. A pad and pencil always in tow. These would keep mind and fingers busy when parents went out to socialize. They actually let me paint flowers on one of their cars. Hey it was the 70's. 



Artist's Statement

Movement! Color!
Color flowing is a dance reaching out illuminating, enlivening the canvas. I teach movement classes to empower those around me so that they may discover new qualities about themselves and each other. Using various mediums I create unique compositions as interesting as the world around me. All mediums have an enticing and appealing influence on me. 


 

FLOR 199 Firebush
Photo credit:  Allen Boatman

Firebush
(Hamelia patens)
For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany


Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. For more information click here.

 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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