Velukutty was born in the Indian state of Kerala which has been described as the ‘ Gods Own Country’ by the visitors. He moved to the U S A in 1975 and has been living in Citrus County for the past 34 years.
He is a self taught artist. He used to draw from a very young age. Velukutty took up oil painting seriously after his retirement as a physician. He has been trying to paint almost every day for the past 4 years. Painting is very relaxing, fulfilling and liberating affair for him.
He loves to paint the rolling waves with the splatter when it meets the rock in the evening light. Many mornings he is intrigued with the fleeting colors of the morning light over the clouds. He wants to paint it, but not always successful. He loves the fall colors, the mountain streams, the small waterfalls, and wants to paint the ripples of the waves which breaks up the reflections of the nature above.
He wants to bring a sense of reality in a convincing way in his creations. When he takes up the brush he is in a different world. “Not all of my work turns out to be acceptable.”
“I am still a student. There is lot of ground I have to cover in the field of art. My style is still evolving. I want to create visual poetry which appeals to the emotions rather than the intellect.”
Velukutty Balakrishnan MD
The Art Center of Citrus County Invites Entries from Artists
Submissions are invited from area artists for the upcoming September Exhibit No. 1 for the 2018-2019 season.
Open to everyone over the age of 18, two-dimensional artists are welcome to submit their work for this juried exhibit in the categories of Paintings: Oil and Acrylic, Graphics and Mixed Media, Paintings: Water Media and Photography: Black and White and Color.
Entries for the exhibit may be dropped off at the Art Center on September 19, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and picked up on October 31, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The entry fee for members is $15 for two works, $30 for two works for nonmembers and $5 for each additional work up to five.
Awards will be given in the above categories and artists may offer their works for sale. A complete prospectus is available on the Art Center website.
Jurist for this exhibit will be local Ocala artist Bonnie Eads. Best known for figurative watercolor paintings, she is also known for her work in polymer clay. An award-winning artist, including Best of Show at Great Day in the Country, Oviedo, Fl., she is affiliated with several art organizations including Marion Cultural Alliance, Gainesville Fine Art Association and Rainbow Springs Art, Dunnellon.
The exhibition is free, open to the public and may be viewed Monday through Friday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and
during every performance of the Art Center Theater through October 7. A complete schedule of events can be
found on their website https://artcenterofcitruscounty.org/ . The Art Center Gallery is located at 2644 N Annapolis Ave. Hernando, Florida.
The Art Center of Citrus County is open to all who appreciate and want to support the arts in our community.
They are a member-owned and operated 501c3 non-profit organization with programs in the performing and
visual arts offering opportunities for participation, education and appreciation of the arts.
To learn more about this event, please contact
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