Gallery 221 Presents Sanctuary

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11 August 2014


Tampa – Gallery 221 @HCC is pleased to present “Sanctuary,” a site-specific installation of objet trouvé and painting by St. Petersburg-based artist Rose Marie Prins. The exhibit will be open to the public at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, from August 11 through September 23, 2014.  An artist reception will be held on Thursday, August 28 from 5 -7p.m., with an artist presentation at 6p.m.

This installation, which includes painting and found-object sculptures, serves as both homage to Florida’s springs, as well as a warning call to our threatened natural treasures.  Incorporating elements from two previous site-specific installations: Modern Interior and Suttee; and Moths and the Bomb: a Trinity, Prins has created an immersive landscape where hybrid moth-like creatures sway overhead as if guarding their desiccated domain. Meanwhile, Prins’ vibrant paintings evoke the splendor and hope of the springs.

Prins, a native of South Africa, said she became enchanted with Florida’s sparkling springs after she discovered Juniper Springs while driving to Florida’s east coast.  Her love of the springs, coupled with recent reports of the springs’ declining health, inspired her to create the participatory installation.

Location: Gallery 221 @HCC, 2nd floor, Learning Resources Center, Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W. Tampa Bay Boulevard, Tampa 33614
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8a.m. -8p.m
Media Contact:  Chris DeManche,; (239) 826-6284
Patty Sriram, Gallery Director;; 813-253-7386
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