Posted September 19, 2013
By SHAI FOX SAVARIAU
An old historic building seems more than a fitting environment for viewing art.
The Lucid Gallery is located in the heart of historic Cauley Square, which was built in the mid 1800s.
This made for a cultured experience when attending an art exhibition there on Sept. 6th.
Local artists included in this exhibition were Fernando Vallejo, Lonnie Lozono, and Veronica Trujilo.
“There was a great turnout. There were times I couldn’t even walk to the fridge, that’s how packed it was,” said Ariel Soler, one of the gallery owners.
“The energy in the show was great. I’m really mad I couldn’t have stayed longer,” said Jahorace Epps, a visitor.
The exhibition began with a video instillation that incorporated guitar sounds and a female speaker. The video installation contained about three to four minutes worth of random graphics and images that were put together to create a cohesive film piece. With the incorporation of sound and a live speaker, the piece was meant to bring the audience’s minds to a “meditative state,” which was what these performance artists claimed they wanted to acquire with their work.
The art in the exhibition included oil paintings on canvas, acrylic on wood and clay figurines.
Lonnie Lozano created small scenes from Lewis Carroll’s Adventure’s in Wonderland out of polymer clay. The artist portrays these scenes in her own unique way.
Lozano calls her pieces “Boogas” and says that her “inspiration comes from all over. It’s a melting pot of comics, TV shows, games, friends and family.”
Lozano has an online store called “Libni” on Etsy.com where these figurines can be viewed and purchased.
Veronica Trujilo’s work was presented on wood with acrylic paint. Her themes in her work revolved around drawings of women with different food items, hence titles like “Pizza Slut” and “Cupcake Cutie.”
Trujilo’s work can be viewed and purchased on her online at BigCartel.com under the name of “Mistress V Scryptic Treasures”.
Fernando Vallejo, a local Cuban artist, also had three works featuring in the show. All were large oil paintings on canvas. Sizes ranged from a large life size canvas to small 16x20s.
Vallejo began to study art at age 5 in Havana. Almost a decade after graduating from Instituto Politecnico with a degree in graphic design, he arrived in the United States.
The exhibition also included live music by a local band by the name of Eric Vick Band. They arrived towards the end of the night and played till early in the morning.
“The party was still going till almost 4 a.m,” said Soler.
The Lucid Gallery held its grand opening on Aug. 5. Ariel Soler and Alejandro Martinez are owners of the gallery and, with the help of others, they have managed to host a few of these events since its opening. Both owners agree that the space is “dedicated to featuring artworks from up and coming local artists.”
They encourage anyone to apply to these small, but popular, exhibitions.
The gallery is located on 12375 SW 225 St., Princeton, Fla., 33170. Both Soler and Martinez say that they plan on holding more of these events as often as possible.