Carl Hantman art

The Florida Weather gallery at the Museum of Arts & Sciens offers a look at Florida weather as represented by art. Shown is “Hurricane, Miami” by Carl Hantman.

Florida Weather is on exhibit at Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art France Family Gallery, 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach.

Experience a myriad of Florida weather in just one day. The Florida Weather gallery offers a look at Florida weather as represented by art. Florida is known for weather that changes with uncanny speed. Sun, rain, wind, clouds, storms, and fog all play a part in what the artist sees and wants to capture. The color, technique, rhythm, and texture are focused to evoke the full sensation of what is Florida's revealing environmental trait.

Mastery of the palette and technique are required for painting the Florida atmosphere. Careful adjustments to color, specifically tinting – adding white - and shading – adding black, enhance the overall sense of the quality of the light at a particular time. The artist depicting Florida must have the knowledge to create an overall effect that unifies the image and convinces the viewer of the climatic conditions. Atmospheric perspective – perception of distance created by gradual lightening of color plus the blurring and diminished size of objects – is also used to great effect in Florida paintings because of the far vistas available in the State.

Florida is nicknamed the “Sunshine State” with good reason. Daylight in the state has a greater intensity as measured in both quantity and quality than any state to the north. The intense sun, often reflected off sand or water, visually bleaches all colors. To represent the colors on canvas requires the addition of white to the palette. The palette is also tonally higher – the colors are purer - than, say, the palette with a more moderated spectrum used by the Dusseldorf School to portray scenes in Northern Germany. To accomplish this, the colors are highly tinted – white is used to lighten most of the palette. For the Florida landscape, the lessons from the American Hudson River and the Luminism Schools about painting the atmosphere are more germane.

The exhibit continues into 2018. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $10.95 for seniors and students, $12.95 for adults, $6.95 for children 6 to 17 year of age.

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