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Ocean Ridge: Art show to hang in Town Hall

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By Lucy Lazarony

    For the second year in a row, an art exhibit will be on display at Ocean Ridge Town Hall during March.
    “It will be in Ocean Ridge for the entire month,” says organizer Nancy Flinn. “We’re lucky. We’re going to have a curator from the Norton Museum be a judge and I’m very pleased about that.”
    The 27-piece exhibit includes oil and acrylic paintings, pastels and mixed media pieces. Samantha Niederman, curatorial assistant to the education and American art departments at the Norton Museum of Art, will judge the show. Ocean Ridge artist Max Matteson will hang the show.
    Participating artists are from across South Florida.
     “It’s not just the barrier island by any means,” Flinn says.
    Flinn says she decided to organize the art exhibit in Ocean Ridge as a way of giving back to her hometown.
    The paintings are for sale, and a percentage of the price of each painting sold benefits Ocean Ridge. Five paintings sold in last year’s art show.
    “The percentage goes right into art in public places for Ocean Ridge,” Flinn says.
    Having an art exhibit in Ocean Ridge helps to spread awareness of the art scene and attracts visitors to Town Hall.
    “Last year, at least 50 people came through a week specifically to take a look at the art,” Flinn says.
    Flinn, who has lived full-time in Ocean Ridge since 2006, is a member of the Delray Art League and paints watercolors as a hobby.  
    “I enjoy what it can do for me on a personal basis, the joy of creation, and the various subjects you can choose to paint,” Flinn says. “It’s a wonderful retirement habit.”
    Flinn, who is on the board for the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, enjoys working with and supporting fellow artists.
     “I need to be associated with creativity because that’s what fuels me,” Flinn says. “My skills are organizing and promoting and marketing.”
The Ocean Ridge art exhibit is available for viewing in Ocean Ridge Town Hall, 6450 N. Ocean Blvd., Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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