Nov. 14, 2012
-- TAMPA, Fla. – (Nov. 14, 2012) – The family of Florida artist Carolyn F. Heller has launched a virtual gallery to exhibit and sell her art and gift items at www.carolynhellerart.com.
“We grew up with our mother’s art all around us and now we want to share it beyond the family and our mother’s many friends and previous clients,” says Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “The online gallery shows paintings divided into the three periods that best define her style. We hope the art on the website is as meaningful to her new audience as it is to those of us who knew and loved her.”
s early career, 1950-1979, was characterized by more classic impressionism. Her mid career, 1980-1999, reflects a transition into more color and bold shapes, while in her late career, 2000-2011, she had become comfortable in her style, which her daughter describes as “colorful and full of life, just like the artist.”
In conjunction with Tampa’s 2013 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by Carolyn Heller from March 1-10, 2013. Times for the exhibition are Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an invitation-only preview reception on Thursday, Feb. 28, and those interested in attending should consult the website to request an invitation. The recipient of the 2013 Carolyn F. Heller grant presented through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County will be announced at the preview reception.
About Carolyn Frohsin Heller
Carolyn F. Heller was a Florida artist who created works of bold shape and vivid color. She was influenced by abstract expression early in her 60-year career, yet her style evolved to embrace an unambiguous and playful vitality that mirrored her personality. She started drawing and painting in the 1950s. Beginning with print-making, wood-cuts and acrylics on canvas, she expanded into mixed-media on fabric, furniture and other everyday items. In every context, her work was sensual and full of energy. Passionate about public art, she was a long-serving member of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. She also helped establish the county’s Public Art Committee, which selects and purchases artwork for public display. In 1997, the Tampa AIDS Network commissioned her to create its annual signature piece of art for its Art for Life benefit, due in large measure to her longtime advocacy for human rights issues. Carolyn’s family seeks to honor her memory in an online gallery, permanently exhibiting works from her collection. Visit www.carolynhellerart.com
for opportunities to view and purchase pieces from Heller’s private collection. See more of her work at www.facebook.com/carolynhellerart