For the month of October, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., www.saltislandprovisions.com) will feature “Women with Fish,” a new collection of vibrant acrylic paintings by local artist Pam Hobbs. To celebrate Hobbs’ new works, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.
“I came to Key West on vacation after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in the late ‘70s and never left,” Hobbs says. “Overwhelmed by the color and beauty of the Keys, I use this tropical paradise as an inspiration for my imagery, as well as for my color palette. Taking chances at every opportunity, I love to give my viewer a glimpse into how I think the world should be seen, with swirling skies, bright colors and bold shapes.”
Living in Key West for 40-some years, Hobbs calls the island her muse. “I find all the colors and skies and houses and plants in Key West and the Florida Keys an endless source of inspiration,” she says. “It seems there is always a new painting waiting to jump onto the next blank canvas.”
For “Women with Fish,” her newest series of acrylic paintings, Hobbs has elected to try something a little different than her norm. “This is the year of the woman — let’s salute her!” she exclaims. “I had an idea for one painting of a strong woman holding a fish and it grew into 20-plus paintings. I don’t usually paint people so this was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I like a good challenge.”
Hobbs’ exhibit at SALT — her first at the gallery — is an exciting deviation for the established artist. “This show is a bit out of the ordinary for me and I thought it needed a different audience and a different showcase,” she says. “People know my work and might be surprised by this body of work. Thanks for loving my work enough to make it a part of your life!”
“We at SALT are profoundly honored to have an artist as distinguished and versatile as Pam Hobbs on our walls,” says gallery owner Laura Richardson. “Women with Fish’ hits the mark on so many levels for us — it celebrates the energy and vibrancy of the Florida Keys, the strength that can be found in femininity and the whimsy SALT is becoming known for. We love Pam’s new collection and we think you will, too.”
SALT Gallery features an eclectic collection of local art, local sea salts, jewelry, pottery, wine and Florida Keys honey. Gallery owners Maria Sharpe and Laura Richardson feature a new artist each month at SALT. Hobbs’ work will remain on display through the end of October. For more information, call 305- 517-6088 or visit www.saltislandprovisions.com. ¦