The “Second Career Artists” exhibit opens May 5 at 5:00 p.m. and runs through June 24 at the Boynton Beach Arts & Cultural Center (125 East Ocean Avenue) in downtown Boynton Beach. This exhibit will feature more than 10 artists residing in Palm Beach County who have transitioned into the arts as a second career. Every artist left or retired after an academic career,
corporate management, the military, finance and others to engage deeply in artistic creation.
Through their exhibited works, biographies and artist statements, this exhibition explores the facts and inspiration behind each artist’s transition. Each demonstrates that a second career in the arts is possible for anyone. From psychedelic landscapes and cardboard sculptures to miniature 3D reproductions of Diego Rivera’s frescoes, the Second Career Artists Exhibition showcases art almost as varied as the artists themselves. For example, after retiring from a 30-year career in design, Sandra Swill became a teacher at the Boca Raton Art Museum and was inspired by the art around her on every tour. Starting with acrylic paint during the COVID-19 pandemic, she eventually moved on to repurposed cardboard sculptures and was, as she put it, “rewarded by the reaction to [her] work.” She has exhibited at the Arts Garage, sold many of her pieces, and been the subject of several articles in South Florida.
The exhibit will include a small selection of the thousands of Floridians who joined the artist community as adults. Selection was based on uniqueness of work. These artists created what they felt, not necessarily to find an audience.
Exhibiting artists include:
Michael D’Amato Amanda Field Susan Gray
Jay Hatfield Scott Jeffries
The “Second Career Artists” exhibition is open to the public at the Boynton Beach Arts & Cultural Center Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.