The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Presents SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, 6/20-8/16

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The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Presents SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, 6/20-8/16

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County brings diverse artistic styles together in Southern Exposure: New Work Now, June 20 through August 16, with a special preview party this Thursday, June 19 at 5:30 p.m. Highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career artists, the show integrates visual and performance art that demonstrates varying artistic perspectives, some tackling international issues currently in the news.

"The convergence of curatorial styles in Southern Exposure has produced a cross-section of the current art world's process, thought and method," says Cultural Council Manager of Artist Services, Nichole M. Hickey. "The experimental painting techniques, site-specific installations and performance art demonstrate that Palm Beach County has a strong group of artists who deserve a closer look."

Artists featured span the spectrum of artistic styles with painting: Bjorn Davidson, Asif Hoque, Eduardo Mendieta, Henriett Anri Michel and Lisa Rockford; mixed media: Molly Aubry, Linda Behar, Raheleh Filsoofi, Jill Lavetsky and Kristin Miller Hopkins; photography: Don Fils, Monica McGivern and Nick Paliughi; sculpture: Amy Gross and Woody Othello; drawing: Andrew Gilmore; and Steve Backhus' performance and installation art.

"Our exhibition will shine a light on the talented artists in our community who stretch beyond the expected to create lasting works that reflect our times," says Cultural Council President and CEO, Rena Blades.

Southern Exposure is co-curated by Hickey and Jacques de Beaufort, director of UNIT1 exhibitions and associate professor of art and art history at Palm Beach State College.

The preview party on June 19 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. will showcase the performance art of two immigrants to the U.S., Raheleh Filsoofi and Linda Behar, who explore political and religious tensions, as well as an interactive performance by Steve Backhus.

Admission to the preview party is free to Cultural Council members, $10 for non-members, and includes admission to the artist trunk show featuring Llama Candy and Maddy B. To RSVP, call 561.472.3341 or email dcalabria@palmbeachculture.com.

Southern Exposure: New Work Now is free and open to the public from June 20 to August 16.

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County: The Cultural Council is the official support agency for arts and culture for Palm Beach County serving non-profit organizations, individual artists and arts districts. The Council promotes the county's cultural experiences through an integrated program of advertising, public relations and marketing activities to both visitors and residents. Each year, the Council administers more than $3.5 million in grants, supports arts and cultural education, provides capacity building training and advocates for funding and arts-friendly policies. Located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building in downtown Lake Worth, the Council mounts a series of group and solo exhibitions featuring Palm Beach County artists and provides other programming.

Connect with the Council at www.palmbeachculture.com, or 561.471.2901.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Image Credit: Lisa Rockford, Vein/Vain Mapping, Landscape Series, 2014, Oil on wood, 8 x 14 inches

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