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Local talent Rick Kelly will combine his artistic abilities with his love of nature at McKee Botanical Garden, where he will be the artist-in-residence throughout the month of March.

Kelly is an accomplished artist whose oil paintings capture his life-long love and appreciation for Florida’s tropical landscapes and native vegetation. For more than 20 years, he has dedicated his art to honoring and preserving the natural surroundings of the Treasure Coast. Kelly is an alumnus of Indian River College and was mentored by Fort Pierce’s own A. E. Backus. His work is currently on display at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee and in private collections throughout the country.

Additionally, Kelly will lead a series of plein air workshops at McKee in which he will help others develop their own creative talents. The workshops will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm beginning March 5. Participants may choose to participate in one, three or the entire series of six workshops. All skill levels are welcome, with tutorials and additional instruction available for those painting in oil at the beginner and intermediate level. Students will learn to paint a waterlily and continue to more challenging subjects. Cost ranges from $60 to $260.

“Rick Kelly’s ability to capture on canvas the natural beauty of our local surroundings is truly remarkable,” stated McKee Botanical Garden Executive Director Christine Hobart. “We are delighted to have McKee spotlighted in his artwork and to share his talent with our visitors.”

For more information on Rick Kelly’s plein air workshops at McKee Botanical Garden, visit www.mckeegarden.org/classes or call 772-794-0601.




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