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Falling in love with Latin art
Three new art exhibits including 'Contrapunto' launch Dec. 11 at Quinlan
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Carlos Solis painted “The Right to Joy.” He is a member of the “Contrapunto” exhibition featuring Latin artists at Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

Quinlan winter exhibit opening reception

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 11

Where: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville

Cost: Free

More info: 770-536-2575 or

Three new promising exhibitions will adorn the walls of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center for the winter season in Gainesville.

The winter exhibitions will begin with an opening reception from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. The exhibition will be run during business hours until Feb. 21. Admission is free.

The main show is a group of latin artists called “Contrapunto,” which consists of contemporary and surreal paintings.

“It’s very different from other things that we’ve shown here,” Quinlan Visual Arts Center Executive Director Amanda McClure said.

It is the first time the traveling artists have come to the Quinlan as a group. Members are Carlos Solis, Pedro Fuertes, Dora Lopez, Jorge Arcos, Stanley Bermudez and guest artists Edwin Gil and Gaby Silva.

“I thought that it would be a nice fit, particularly because we have a large Hispanic population in Gainesville,” McClure said. “It would be representative of that part of our community.”

The next show features the artwork of the well-known artist, Marc Chatov, and his proteges. “Memories: Chatov Mentoring Group” showcases the realistic-style portraits based on each of the artists’ personal memories.

“Marc Chatov is a very celebrated artist,” McClure said. “He’s a portrait painter and he comes from a family of artists.”

The final show is a new idea derived from the Quinlan staff: “I.Q. Instructors of the Quinlan.” It will spotlight the instructors at the arts center and the artwork they have created throughout the years.

“When you walk around, you’ll be able to see the types of things that are taught here,” McClure said.

Instructors specialize in several various mediums and styles, including sculpture, ceramic art, paintings, landscape, still life and portrait. Artists include John Guernsey, Bill Davidson, Patricia Fabian, Debra Nadelhoffer, Juan Alonso, Robert Johnson and Suzy Schultz.

The Quinlan is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays.

The arts center will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the Christmas holidays and closed Jan. 1-2 for New Year’s.

For more information, visit, email or call 770-536-2575.

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