Volusia County residents can get a new perspective of where they live through several Florida-centered galleries presented by the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
The exhibits, featured at both the MOAS and Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, which is part of MOAS, feature artwork inspired by the state and, more specifically, Volusia County. The Volusia County galleries contain a mix of media showing different views of the region, with several pieces depicting Port Orange scenes, by local, national and international artists who have visited the area.
Many of the paintings are meant to capture locations around the county, showing the changes in the last 100 to 150 years, according to Executive Director, Andrew Sandall. He noted that while much of the artwork reflects on the past, there are also many recognizable scenes on display.
"One of the best ways to look at the art in this gallery is to view the paintings as snapshots in time, in some cases dating back to a time before photography," Sandall said. "Many visitors who live in Volusia County immediately head towards paintings of places they know today or remember from their past and can see how much things have changed."
MOAS has had other exhibits of local work in the past, but according to Sandall, "to give them such prominence in such a major art museum is unprecedented."
Sandall pointed out that rather than being a museum of Florida artists, the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art predominantly houses art made by visiting artists from all over the world using Florida as the subject matter. The selection process is made by the curators who choose and place the artwork on display to complement the other pieces that will be showcased. Sandall said this allows easy comparison of the works for visitors.
Comparing the art in galleries to what can be viewed on a computer or phone, Sandall said visiting an exhibit provides a three-dimensional experience with brushwork, composition and color selection.
"While the growth of online galleries and exhibits is wonderful for researchers and reaching a wider audience, nothing comes close to standing face to face with a piece of art," Sandall said. "No computer screen can match the impact of seeing a painting’s size, scale, colors and nuances in real life."
The exhibit has been open since the Brown Museum opened on February 8, 2015. There is currently no closing date at this time.
For more information call 386-255-0285 or visit moas.org.