The opening for Dan McCarthy’s “Florida: Explored” will begin Friday, Oct. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Recreation and Parks Administration, located at 828 NE Eighth Ave.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 health and safety concerns, there will be no opening reception. The art exhibit will be on display through Jan. 15, 2021, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
McCarthy is an Ocala artist who focuses on capturing the essence of nature’s wild spaces. He currently is represented in local galleries and businesses such as Gallery B, Brick City Center for the Arts Gallery, Symmetry Coffee and Crepes and Big Hammock Brewery & Bites.
Exploration, wonder and the experience of being there are themes that can be found in McCarthy’s work. His goal is to capture the mood and feeling of a place to transport the viewer on a journey. Through varying techniques, both in the field and in the studio, every piece is created to accurately reflect the essence and emotional impact of the scene.
“Florida: Explored” is an exhibit of select pieces created during his exploration of a hidden gem in Marion County – Indian Lake State Forest. The forest has many personalities. Foggy mornings lend an air of mystery that begs to be captured and translated to print. The rising and setting sun cast deep shadows in the folds of a cypress tree’s bark. Water levels rise and fall, exposing new elements of the environment with every passing day. Every visit is a new adventure, a new experience waiting to be discovered and translated into his work.