The Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach is presenting two stunning new exhibitions this fall. Janet Onofrey’s Silent Spaces invites viewers to reflect on local landscapes we rarely notice, while The Island Imprint: Yardie Point of View explores themes of Jamaican music and entertainment. There is a vernissage for both exhibitions on October 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about www.pompanobeacharts.org
“The Bailey Contemporary Arts Center opens the season with two dynamic exhibitions,” said Phyllis Korab, director of the cultural affairs department. “Although different in subject matter, the two capture important connecting moments in vivid detail. The works of Silent Spaces present the world we overlook in our busy lives, while The Island Imprint reveals the universal strength of the Jamaican spirit. “
Silent Spaces runs through December 28 and celebrates the changing landscape of South Florida; inviting us to observe the places we constantly inhabit but on which we rarely reflect. These works by Janet Onofrey are a series of outdoor paintings and drawings representing a moment in time, giving a voice to these urban settings, constantly present.
“Mainly in an urban setting, my subject is made up of scenes that are systematically ignored, the reflection of a culture and a sense of belonging that can change at any time,” revealed Onofrey. “This slice of reality is isolated, without the presence of people, to evoke a sense of stillness that allows the space character to speak. Ultimately, in the blink of an eye, art lights up our world and uplifts the spectators’ consciousness, transforming the seer, so that he is never the same again. “
Onofrey, who is now a resident of Pompano Beach, showcases architectural structures, buildings, bridges and natural landscapes of South Florida.
Janet Onofrey was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to South Florida where sunlight and mild weather prompted her to paint, “outdoors.” His master’s degree in painting led him to a residency in Provence, France and Barcelona and Paris. She received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship, judged for her extensive work. Janet was accepted into the Skopelos Foundation of Art Residency on the island of Skopelos off the coast of Greece in 2016.
Her art has been featured in national exhibitions such as the American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, and is a member of the Oil Painters of America. The Baker Museum in Naples, Florida, Annual All-Florida Exhibit, Boca Raton Museum of Art; The Museum for Women Artists and the Andrews Art Museum in North Carolina are just a few of its museum exhibits. She has been featured in “New American Paintings” and her paintings are in public and private collections nationwide. She teaches at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art and privately.
The Island Imprint: Yardie Point of View is a collection of photographic fine art images by Jamaican photographer David I. Muir and painters Marc Cameron and Charles “Mark Phi” Smart. The exhibit, which runs through November 24, features themes from the music and entertainment that are central to the Jamaican spirit, scenes from the Jamaican-American experience, and concepts of universal strength and happiness. from a Jamaican state of mind.
The project reflects the breadth of perspectives held by “yardies” in the United States on beauty, culture and performance. The exhibition was curated by Calibe Thompson.
“As a Creative Director, I like to think about the story I want to tell and bring it to life with an infusion of personality and aesthetics from a collective of contributors,” she said. “There is a wealth of talent and beautiful pieces in the world, and I have the privilege of orchestrating their harmonious display, while celebrating Caribbean heritage.”