Thursday, November 12, 2015

Grand Opening Party and Benefit features the work of Josh Garrick.

The new Henao Contemporary Center, 5601 Edgewater Dr Orlando, FL, held a Grand Opening party where one hundred people were the first to see the history making, Timeless exhibition by Josh Garrick. For the first time, after touring some of the worlds best museums, with 9 museums purchasing works for their permanent collections, Josh Garrick's TIMELESS, history making exhibit, is now for sale to the public. Part of Josh Garrick's magic comes in part from taking something classic and modernizing it with his use of lasered aluminum as photographic substrate. The new, cutting edge process is believed to be the first that will hold an image indefinitely. Timeless therefore a truly fitting exhibit title.

 This was the firs time I had seen so many of his photos in one place. The result is a museum quality show. The new gallery is located in an unexpected location across the street from a used car dealership. d parked my car behind a used tire store.  A large search high lit up the sky and this black tie affair brought out some of Orlando's most beautiful socialites. I decided to settle myself near the pianist for the evening, Joshua Glenn Wilson.An iPad on a music stank held the sheet music, therefor it seemed appropriate to sketch on a table to sketch on a tablet.

Outside, a car was parked on the sidewalk, and artist German Lemus was busy doing a custom paint job. The hood had a large lions head painted in spray paint and he follow up with layers of brush strokes to create a rich colorful textured surface. I considered sketching German at work but I had sketched him just the week before at Artlando where he was painting a Scion. Besides the Live music, there was champagne, wine, and signature cocktails, as well as a menu designed by the benevolent people of 4Rivers. A print to my let sold almost immediately.

Proceeds from the evening would help the Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida in their effort to build their new House. A resident of the Ronald McDonald House outlined the events in her life that lead to her being in need and she praised the Ronald me Donald House for being her safety net and helping her get back on her feet.

Jose Henao is the man who has established The Henao Contemporary Center. Josh Garrick praised Jose's commitment and dedication to art. Jose has a respect for artists which, rare to find in Orlando. I hope, therefore, to report on this galleries continued success. Josh Garrik's Timeless, will be on exhibit through January 15th, 2016.

Mark your calendar. On December 4, 2015, The gallery will be holding a fundraiser event featuring Steven Assael, the New York artist hailed by The Art Newspaper as “the foremost figurative painter of his generation”. On this day the artist will perform a life drawing demonstration in the Henao Contemporary Center. Patrons can drink wine and watch one of this generations greatest artists bring skill and creativity to life. Tickets are only $15.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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