Impermanence

Arts on Douglas announces the opening of two new exhibitions in the month of May. Impermanence by Orlando painter Audrey Phillips and The Mystery of Waters by Satellite Beach photographer Erika Masterson. Shown is Softest of Mornings by Ms. Phillips, acrylic on canvas.

Arts on Douglas will host the opening of two exhibits in May, “Impermanence” by Orlando painter Audrey Phillips and “The Mystery of Waters” by Satellite Beach photographer Erika Masterson.

“Impermanence” will be on view in the feature gallery from May 1 to 28 and “The Mystery of Waters” will be on view in the alt_space from May 1 to June 12 at 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach.

Both exhibits will commence with an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1. The gallery will feature the smooth jazz stylings of TRio with Ron Gilotti on upright bass, Howard Post on guitar, and Tyler Rosenke on drums. Masks will be required.

Ms. Phillips will be presenting an Artist Talk in conjunction with her exhibit at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, and Ms. Masterson will be presenting an Artist Talk at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7. All exhibitions, receptions and Artist Talk events are free and open to the public.

Ms. Phillips, known for her abstract, gestural paintings, is back for her third solo exhibit at Arts on Douglas. This time, she is presenting a new body of work highly influenced by this past year of the pandemic.

During the isolation, Ms. Phillips found great comfort in nature and her garden. There she witnessed nature’s ever-evolving process of impermanence — as plants bloomed and sustained themselves, then eventually faded and died. Witnessing this natural state of vulnerability highly influenced the direction of her new body of work.

For her inaugural alt_space exhibit, Ms. Masterson presents “Mystery of Waters” with photographs depicting ethereal underwater worlds created by digitally blending multiple images into each piece.

The inspiration for this exhibit came from many sources. On one hand, Ms. Masterson is paying homage to her father: a sailor and a captain who “longed for the solace of the sea.” His love of the water had a strong influence on her as a child, and connections to water and the natural world continue to inspire her, even making recurring appearances in her dreams.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (386) 428-1133 or visit artsondouglas.net.

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