The City of Sunrise is proud to have its own art gallery. Visitors are provided with unique opportunities to view the works of local artists and traveling exhibits. Gallery admission and receptions are offered free of charge unless otherwise noted.
"The Bridges at Sunrise"
Artist: Jim McLaughlin
Exhibition Dates: July 7 – August 19, 2017
Reception: July 7, 2017 at 6:30PM
James McLaughlin hails from Wallingford, Connecticut where he grew up enjoying the great outdoors, marveling in the awe of one of the most picturesque season changes in the United States. At an early age he discovered the joy of expression through oil painting. Gleaning inspiration from the dynamic contrast of season changes, he began painting colorful landscapes at an early age. Soon afterward, James’ skill brought great success within local banks where he earned just enough money in painting sales to pay for a fine arts degree at the University of Bridgeport in 1973. After teaching art in the public school system for several years and establishing “The Valley School for the Contemporary Arts” in Shelton, CT, James decided to make Florida his new home and relocated to South Florida in 1977. This move paved the way for a new path and fresh approach to painting. James’ love for the game of golf is most recently the source of inspiration for his latest series of paintings centering around The Seven Bridges of Sunrise.
"PIGMENTS of my Imagination"
Artist: Judith Darucaud
Exhibition Dates: August 25 – September 30, 2017
Reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 6:30PM
Judith Darucaud is a passionate artist – a visual raconteuse with an unquenchable urge to create via a wide range of mediums and styles. She loves diversity of representation! Each of her pieces stands alone, unconnected, but symbolically themed under “Escapism” as a metaphor for ART’s ability to transport viewers.
While she enjoys a love affair with her works of art, which is at times chaotic and complicated, it nevertheless embodies exquisite sweetness and never fails to bring serenity to her tempestuous existence. Both real and imaginary subjects inspire and fuel her creativity. She generally approaches her blank canvas in pretty much the same manner that she approaches life, knowing it’s up to her to write her story. Her creative process usually begins with a promise of excitement, a lively palette and energetic brushstrokes. It is then followed by the transfer of visions which often culminate into something she is proud to share with other art lovers.
Gallery Hours: The Art Gallery is open to the public on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Receptions: Receptions are held in the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery. Visitors will not only get a close look at the exhibit, but they will also have the unique pleasure of meeting with the featured artist(s). Imagine having the opportunity to discuss what you see with the artist(s) responsible for their creation!