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Four artists with four styles from four different backgrounds will be featured at the ComCenter Gallery of Lakewood Ranch’s newest exhibition from February 7 through March 31, 2011. The show, sponsored by ArtCenter Manatee, features four excellent faculty members from the art center: Marie Garafano, Linda Lucas, Chauncey Nelson and Joe Palotas.

An opening reception and artist demonstration of this show will take place on Thursday, February 10, from 5:30 to 7:00pm, at the Comcenter, located at 9040 Town Center Rd. in Lakewood Ranch. Refreshments will be available.

Marie Garafano is a classically trained artist whose experience in book illustration helps convey an expressive and sensitive approach to her subjects. Linda Lucas is a delightfully popular artist whose subjects exhibit a strong, well designed, yet softly delicate approach. Her balance and use of color make her one of the finest floral painters in the area based on her over twenty years of experience as a florist. Chauncey Nelson’s works are precise, detailed and well executed. His long experiences with design make his subjects well composed in get the viewer involved. Joe Palotas is an experienced commission artist and works in many media. He infuses wild expressions of color to a wide variety of subject matter from portraits, to abstracts to contemporary and mixed media landscapes. His works reflect a variety of creative styles

Show artist Linda Lucas, will be on hand during the opening to demonstrate her watercolor painting and answer questions regarding the show and her approach to painting. Award winning artist, Lucas, exhibits and instructs throughout the United States and will be also be at this year’s ArtCenter Manatee’s Annual Art at the Ranch on March 19 & 20 as one of the many artists along Main St. in Lakewood Ranch.

The Comcenter Gallery is located off of I 75 (exit 213) east on University Pkwy, first left on Market St. followed by the second left on Town Center Rd. – or – Lakewood Ranch Blvd. , to Nature’s Way and right to Town Center Rd.