Exhibit celebrates artist’s 100th birthday

Posted on November 22, 2017 by emalone in Active Lifestyles, Art, Baby Boomers, Blog, Boomer and Senior Resources, BSR, Community Resources, Eldercare Resources, Entertainment, Environment, Events for Women, History Events, Hobbies, Local Events, Tourism

The St. Augustine Art Association will present “Emmett Fritz: A Centennial Collection,” a special installation featuring the artist’s work, through Dec. 31 at St. Augustine Art Association,
22 Marine St., St. Augustine. The exhibit  offers a glimpse into the life  of one of St. Augustine’s most beloved plein air painters to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his   Oct. 13  birth. Included will be  new acquisitions from the St. Augustine Art Association’s Permanent Collection, as well as paintings on loan from local and regional art collectors.

Emmett Fritz was an iconic figure in the local art community during the mid-20th century. He was likely St. Augustine’s most collected and prolific artist, having produced more than 10,000 paintings during his career. Born in Missouri in 1917, Fritz grew up in New York, studying at the Pratt Art Institute and briefly under the tutelage of Norman Rockwell. His successful career as a commercial artist was temporarily put on hold when he joined the service at the outbreak of WWII. Fritz first arrived in St. Augustine in 1950, after WWI, and settled into a studio in the Riberia House on St. George Street. He drawn to the European atmosphere of St. Augustine, which reminded him of his time spent in Italy during the war.

Visitors often encountered Fritz painting on location in and around historic St. Augustine. They flocked to his studio, and purchased his affordable freshly painted canvases right off his easel. Kay Burtin, board member and former executive director of the St. Augustine Art Association, recalled that it was not uncommon to see Fritz painting the same scene every day. Fritz died of a heart attack in November 1995 at the age of 78.

The commemorative exhibition is open free to the public. For additional information,  call 904-824-2310 or visit http://www.staaa.org/.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.;
Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.;
Monday, closed. Not open on Thanksgiving.