Join Historic Spanish Point for a special presentation series from Baila Miller on the American Masters! From Norman Rockwell to Dale Chihuly, and John James Audubon to Frank Lloyd Wright — Baila’s ever-popular presentations of great artists will dazzle and delight you.  
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ABOUT BAILA: Baila Miller completed a Bachelor’s, a Master’s degree, and post-graduate work at The University of Memphis. Through her company, Miller Music and Fine Arts Programs, she has been presenting college-level courses that explore the role of literature, paintings, architecture, sculpture, cinema, photography, as well as, orchestral and operatic influences in the development of European, Jewish, and modern American culture. Ms. Miller has taught or is currently teaching at The University of Memphis, Road Scholar International, Brandies National Committee, Longboat Key Education Center, The Venice Art Center, Historic Spanish Point, Venice Performing Arts Center, Visual Art Center of Punta Gorda, and The Ringling College of Art & Design.

Norman Rockwell: America’s Storyteller

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was a 20th-century American painter, illustrator, and commercial artist. His works enjoy a broad popular appeal in the United States for its reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for his 324 Saturday Evening Post magazine covers. For over five decades he helped Americans cope with wars, economic disasters, disappointments, and grief. He did so with a compassionate heart and a humorous outlook. His greatest contribution, which is often unnoticed, is that he was a gentle humanitarian who “made every one of us better people.”

Andy Warhol: The King of Pop

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

Andrew “Andy” Warhol (1928-1987), The King of American Pop Culture became a leading figure in the visual arts. With his sense of humor, Warhol gave the American People a respite from the very serious Abstract Expressionist Movement. Abstract Art makes you ponder, Pop Art makes you happy! Warhol had a successful career as a commercial illustrator, painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and member of highly diverse social circle that included Bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons.

Dale Chihuly: Rivers of Glass

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 1:00-2:30pm

Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) is an American glass sculptor and entrepreneur. His works are considered unique in the field of blown glass. His vision of “what glass can be” has changed the medium into a world-class art form in which Objet d’art moved from the curio cabinet into the realm of large-scale sculpture and Land Art.

John James Audubon: The Birds of America

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 1:00-2:30pm

John James Audubon (1785-1851) was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. Audubon is most famous for his detailed illustrations that depict birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled “The Birds of America” includes 435 magnificent images. He devoted twelve years of his life to this venture. His oeuvre is considered to be the finest ornithological works in the world. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt created the first National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Pelican Island. It is located near Vero Beach, FL.

Frank Lloyd Wright: America’s Architect

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 1:00-2:30pm

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an American architect, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works. His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright is recognized internationally has “The American Architect who changed the way the world lives.”

Jackson Pollock: The Rebel with a Cause

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 1:00-2:30pm

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) was an influential American painter and a major figure in the American Abstract Expressionist movement. During his lifetime, Pollock became the Toast of New York because of his original “drip” paintings. He was notorious for his volatile personality and his struggle with alcoholism. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy

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