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Tampa Museum of Art to Host Exhibition of Works by Local Artist, Carolyn F. Heller

TAMPA, Fla. – (Feb. 18, 2013) — The Tampa Museum of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by local artist Carolyn F. Heller from March 1-10, 2013. The first weekend of the exhibition coincides with the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Heller, a well-known Florida artist, created works of bold shape and vivid color. Her art will be on view in the Saunders Foundation Gallery.

“We are so pleased to be working with the Tampa Museum of Art to share our mother’s art with her friends and the broader community,” says Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “This exhibition is a perfect opportunity to allow local residents and art lovers to see these special works in person.”

“We love the energy of Carolyn’s art and are looking forward to this exhibition and meeting her many friends and admirers,” says Todd Smith, executive director, Tampa Museum of Art.

A preview reception is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28. Those interested in attending should consult the online gallery website, www.carolynhellerart.com, to request an invitation. The recipient of the 2013 Carolyn F. Heller Grant presented by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County will be announced at the preview reception.

About Carolyn Frohsin Heller

Carolyn F. Heller was a Florida artist who created works of bold shape and vivid color. She was influenced by abstract expressionism early in her 60-year career, yet her style evolved to embrace an unambiguous and playful vitality that mirrored her personality. She started drawing and painting in the 1950s at Newcomb College in New Orleans. Beginning with printmaking, wood-cuts and acrylics on canvas, she expanded into mixed-media on fabric, furniture and other everyday items. In every context, her work was sensual and full of energy. Passionate about public art, she was a long-serving member of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. She also helped establish the county’s Public Art Committee, which selects and purchases artwork for public display. In 1997, the Tampa AIDS Network commissioned her to create its annual signature work of art for its Art for Life benefit, due in large measure to her longtime advocacy for human rights issues. Carolyn’s family seeks to honor her memory in an online gallery, permanently exhibiting works from her collection. Visit www.carolynhellerart.com for opportunities to view and purchase works from Heller’s private collection. See more of her work at www.facebook.com/carolynhellerart and http://pinterest.com/CFHellerArt/.

About the Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) (the Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade) has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Cafe, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premiere venue for special events.

Tampa Museum of Art general hours and admission
The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission prices are: adult $12; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $10; students $5 and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge. A-pay-what-you-will fee structure is offered every Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Museum’s address is 120 Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.

Family of Florida Artist, Carolyn F. Heller, Launches Online Gallery of Her Work

Website serves as the family’s living tribute to her art and her memory

TAMPA, Fla. – (Nov. 14, 2012) – The family of Florida artist Carolyn F. Heller has launched a virtual gallery to exhibit and sell her art and gift items at www.carolynhellerart.com.

“We grew up with our mother’s art all around us and now we want to share it beyond the family and our mother’s many friends and previous clients,” says Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “The online gallery shows paintings divided into the three periods that best define her style. We hope the art on the website is as meaningful to her new audience as it is to those of us who knew and loved her.”

Heller’s early career, 1950-1979, was characterized by more classic impressionism. Her mid career, 1980-1999, reflects a transition into more color and bold shapes, while in her late career, 2000-2111, she had become comfortable in her style, which her daughter describes as “colorful and full of life, just like the artist.”

In conjunction with Tampa’s 2013 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by Carolyn Heller from March 1-10, 2013. Times for the exhibition are Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be an invitation-only preview reception on Thursday, February 28, and those interested in attending should consult the website to request an invitation. The recipient of the 2013 Carolyn F. Heller grant presented through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County will be announced at the preview reception.

Family of Carolyn Heller to share her art online, in museum exhibit

by Keeley Sheehan, Tampa Bay Times and South Shore & Brandon Times, October 28, 2012

When local artist Carolyn Heller passed away in August 2011, she left behind little everyday things, like the way she would whistle to get her four children’s attention when they were young.

Carolyn Heller wanted to see art in people’s lives, her daughter says. An online gallery is the family’s way of sharing her body of work.

“Now we still whistle for each other,” said daughter Fran Heller.

She left big things, too — including a collection of 150 pieces of art spanning a 60-year career. Her children grew up watching her paint, so most of the pieces they found in her South Tampa home were familiar. But there were also about 30 pieces they’d never seen before.

Now her family is sharing her art with the community through an online gallery set to launch next month and a Tampa Museum of Art exhibit planned for March.

On Thursday, they brought three of her pieces to the Kate Jackson Community Center in Hyde Park to teach children there about her life and style.

Katharine Walker-Herbert, team supervisor for Tampa Parks and Recreation, taught a group of 18 children about Heller’s work, explaining how she used bold colors and was
inspired by abstract expressionism.

“The feeling and the color is more important than making it look exactly like a little boy on a bicycle,” Walker-Herbert told the group, pointing to an early painting Heller did of her son Alan on a tricycle when he was 6. “To her, it was more important. That’s where she expressed herself.”

Heller loved to paint with her five grandchildren. She would spread paint and paper across a table during family reunions.

“The kids would come and sit with her for hours,” said Fran Heller, who lives in
California. She traveled back to Tampa for the Thursday lesson. Alan Heller, who lives in Tampa, brought his children, Benjamin, 8, and Sydney, 6, to paint with the group.

Heller’s work was colorful and vibrant and reflected her bold personality. She had an eye for interior design, often helped friends create flower arrangements, and helped hang artwork in her children’s homes.

“She was your classic artist,” Fran Heller said. “She had a real gift for arranging and knowing what the right artistic flair was.”

Heller died of a blood clot in August 2011, at age 74. She had lived in South Tampa since moving there in 1961. She was a proponent of public art as a member of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County from 1996 to 2004, and helped establish the county’s Public Art Committee.

“She had a bigger objective of wanting to see art in people’s lives,” Fran Heller said. The online gallery is “our way of sharing with the community her body of work.”

Heller’s family wanted to see her work shared with children, and hopes to offer more activities like Thursday’s in the future. Learning about an artist who was a member of their community makes art seem more accessible, Walker-Herbert said.

“If you never know an artist, you might not think it’s something that’s possible
for you,” she said.

During the lesson, Sydney and Benjamin painted fish the way their grandmother did. Sydney painted with her often, and Benjamin paints every Friday now at Dale Mabry Elementary.

The online gallery of Heller’s work will launch next month and show the range of her career, from pieces she did in the 1950s and ’60s to her later work. The website will also share memories and stories of her life from people who knew her, taken from a recording booth set up at her funeral last year.

The Tampa Museum of Art exhibit will run March 1-10, with an opening reception on Feb. 28.

Family of Carolyn Heller Launch Online Gallery, Donate to Center

The Heller family will donate art for permanent display following an instructional after-school painting class for children.

South Tampa-Hyde Park Patch, October 24, 2012 – The family of Carolyn Heller, a notable figure in the visual arts community, recently announced they will donate select pieces of her art to the Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S. Rome Avenue.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, members of the Heller family will join the center’s after school activity program for a painting class with children aged 6-12 years old.

Three pieces from Heller’s personal portfolio will be on loan that day, and the children will learn about her works during an instructional painting class from Parks and Recreation Team Supervisor Katharine Walker-Herbert, who directs the Hyde Park and North Hubert Art Studios for the city.

“Carolyn loved teaching her five grandchildren to paint,” said Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “The idea that her style of painting will be taught to the children and to have her art exhibited in the community she called home is a great way to remember her contributions and inspire the children who play and learn there every day.”

The event will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children will start painting at approximately 3:30 p.m., and their finished works will be featured alongside Heller’s originals at approximately 5 p.m.

Friends, family and art enthusiasts are invited to view the works until 6 p.m. The Heller family will work with the city’s division of public art to select and exhibit child-friendly pieces of her art on a permanent basis.

In November, a memorial “virtual art gallery” is scheduled to go live. The online gallery will feature paintings and other art from Carolyn Heller’s 60-year career.

Visit www.carolynhellerart.com starting in November for opportunities to view and purchase items from Heller’s collection. In addition, the Tampa Museum of Art will have an exhibition featuring selected pieces of her art from February 28-March 10, 2013.

Family of Popular Tampa Artist, Carolyn F. Heller, Partners with Kate Jackson Community Center to Announce Online Art Gallery

Carolyn Heller family will donate art for permanent display following an instructional after-school painting class for children

TAMPA, Fla. – (Oct. 22, 2012) – The family of Tampa artist Carolyn F. Heller, a popular figure in the Florida visual arts community, today announced it will donate select pieces of her art to the Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S. Rome Ave. On Oct. 25, members of the Heller family will join the Center’s After School Activity Program for a painting class with children 6-12 years old.

Three pieces from Carolyn Heller’s personal portfolio will be on loan that day and the children will learn about her works during an instructional painting class from Parks and Recreation Team Supervisor Katharine Walker-Herbert, who directs the Hyde Park and North Hubert Art Studios for the city.

“Carolyn loved teaching her five grandchildren to paint,” said Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “The idea that her style of painting will be taught to the children and to have her art exhibited in the community she called home is a great way to remember her contributions and inspire the children who play and learn there every day.”

The event will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Children will start painting at approximately 3:30 p.m. and their finished works will be featured alongside Heller’s originals at approximately 5 p.m. Friends, family and Tampa art enthusiasts are invited to view the works until 6 p.m. The Heller family will work with the City of Tampa’s division of public art to select and exhibit child-friendly pieces of her art on a permanent basis.

In November, a memorial “virtual art gallery” is scheduled to go live. The online gallery will feature paintings and other art from Carolyn Heller’s 60-year career. Visit www.carolynhellerart.com starting in November for opportunities to view and purchase items from Heller’s collection.

In conjunction with the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art will host an exhibition of selected works by Carolyn Heller from March 1-March 10, 2013. Times for the exhibition are Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sat and Sun from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Those interested in the invitation-only preview reception on Thursday, Feb. 28 should consult the website to request an invitation.

Artist Receives Inaugural Carolyn Heller Visual Arts Award

Arnolkis Turro was highest scoring visual artist for Arts Council of Hillsborough County grants

TAMPA, Fla. – (Feb. 24, 2012) – Arnolkis Turro of Brandon, a five-year resident of Hillsborough County, was selected to receive the inaugural Carolyn Heller Visual Arts Award offered through a fund established with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

“We are so pleased to honor our mother’s memory through this annual award and are grateful to her many friends who have contributed to this fund,” says Fran Heller, one of Carolyn’s daughters and the executor of her estate. “Our mother was such a supporter of emerging artists and we know she would have been happy to help Arnolkis achieve his goal of furthering his development as a professional artist.”

In his application, Turro proposed to use the proceeds of this award, along with his grant from the Arts Council, for a four-week residency at the Vermont Studio Center, where he will study different advanced techniques and work with other professional artists. Born in Cuba, he studied at the National School of Art in Havana and the School of Visual Art in Guantanamo. Selected solo exhibitions include the Chelsea Gallery in New York and Las Positas College, Livermore, Calif. His group exhibitions have included Idealistic Notions at the Harrison Gallery in Lakeland.

Ten artists were awarded grants by the Arts Council of Hillsborough Country as part of its 2012 Individual Artist Grants program. Applications were reviewed by a panel of art professionals and the Arts Council’s board of directors approved their recommendations. As the highest scoring visual artist, Turro also received the Heller award.

Late Artist’s Family Uncovers Hidden Trove of Prints

Fox 13, Tampa – South Tampa school children are getting a hands-on opportunity to learn about local art. Paintings from the collection of the late artist, Carolyn Heller, are being donated to a Hyde Park after-school center.

She had a vibrant personality that was known for spilling over onto her canvas.

“Her work is a great reflection of who she was,” Carolyn’s daughter, Fran Heller said Thursday.

Carolyn Heller called Hyde Park home for 50 years.

“After she passed away, we did an inventory of everything she had, fully expecting to see everything we were already familiar with,” Fran Heller said.

But family members unveiled a secret tucked inside Carolyn’s house.

“We came across a series of prints that none of us had ever seen before,” Fran Heller said.

Twenty pieces were uncovered in Heller’s old Hyde Park home. All of the works were complete; some were even signed and named.

Family members are donating some of the pieces to Hyde Park’s Kate Jackson Community Center, to teach little ones about the importance of local art.

“To actually have an artist’s work right in front of them is a rare experience for them,” said Tampa Parks & Recreation art instructor Katharine Walker-Herbert.

Instead of modeling their pint-sized paint-brushes after Picasso or Monet, they’re learning about through the hands of someone from their own hometown.

“A lot of times they learn about the famous artists, but there’s so many wonderful people that we have that can influence them locally,” Walker-Herbert said.

Heller’s work is also being launched on a free virtual gallery, www.CarolynHellerArt.com, available online next month.

Those closest to Carolyn say it’s what she would have wanted. Her spirit is living on through each stroke of paint.

“She had a great following in the local community here, but it’ll give everyone a chance to really live her work a little bit more,” Fran Heller said.

A collection of Carolyn Heller’s work will also be featured in a Tampa Museum of Art exhibit in March.

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