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New Artist at Amelia San Jon Gallery

Nov 14, 2014 02:00AM
Another oil painter has joined the group of artists featured at Amelia San Jon Gallery on Ash and South 3rd Streets in downtown Fernandina Beach. The work of Linda Blondheim of Gainesville focuses on agricultural Florida, trees, and coastal marshes. If you love trees and Florida nature you will enjoy her paintings. A Florida native who finds the scenery and culture here precious; like Durinda Cheek, last month’s featured artist, Blondheim enjoys “plein aire” painting most of all.

Blondheim just completed a residency at Big Talbot Island and has several of her smaller works on exhibit at the gallery. “My mission as a landscape painter is to visually record the rural, agricultural lands, and trees of my beloved Florida. Painters are stewards of our history and culture. We record the experiences and lives of our own time. My legacy as a painter is to leave a visual record of the beauty of rural Florida,” says Blondheim. “I have been a painter all of my life. I love the woods and the north central Florida landscape where I live. I grew up around farmers and cattle ranchers and live on the rural land of my parents. I have a lovely studio space in Gainesville and a country studio behind my home. I am an artist in residence at a large country estate in Evinston, Florida called Fair Oaks. I received a BFA/MFA many moons ago but I consider myself a country painter.”

Amelia San Jon Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (904) 8040 or visit the web site at