Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Naples Depot Museum Hosts “Bodies in Motion” Exhibit

Art by Tara O’Neill

Art by Tara O’Neill

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present Bodies in Motion by Tara O’Neill. Bodies in Motion will be on display this year from September 3rd through November 21st, at 1051 5th Avenue South, Naples, Florida, 34102. 

Throughout Tara’s artistic life, she has endeavored to capture singularly perfect moments to reveal the extraordinary within the ordinary and offer them as an antidote to the sensory overload that permeates modernity. Between the rising and setting of our sun, shadows shift over sand and sea, flora and faunabeach buckets fill and empty, twilight whispers, dawn peeps. No two days can ever be the same. 

Through the “Bodies in Motion collection, she offers a celebration of our shared humanity. A gesture so tender and common as toweling one’s hair drythe escaped delight of children at play, hands sailing elsewhere inside the rhythm of music, the ultimate exultation of defying gravity. We are extraordinary, even at our most ordinary. 

Tara O’Neill holds a Bachelor of Fines Arts degree through the University of South Florida and Oxford University, England. Her oil paintings hang in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe and have earned numerous awards. In 2000, she was presented the Island Beautification Award from the Marco Island Chamber of Commercethe inaugural Arts Afire! Award from the City of Marco Island in 2011, and in 2015 was named Artist of the Year by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts. 

She is a drawing instructor and frequent exhibitor at Marco Center for the Arts, an exhibitor at the Marco Historical Museum where she has permanent installations, founder of the Goodland Arts Alliance, and exhibitor with Marco Island Foundation for the Arts. She also operates a thriving mural business. 

Tara is represented by Blue Mangrove Gallery in Marco Island Town Center and welcomes visitors by appointment to her home studio-gallery here in Goodland, FL (www.taraogallery.com). 

Set in Naples’ first passenger train station, the restored Naples Depot Museum takes visitors back to Florida’s railroading heydays of the Roaring Twenties and tells how technology and transportation helped Naples grow from a village of 300 souls to today’s glittering Gulf Coast resort. 

For more information about the Naples Depot Museum’s Bodies in Motion” by Tara O’Neill, please contact the museum at 239-252-8419 or visit www.colliermuseums.com/exhibits.


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