Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn announces an exhibition of her work, “On the Hoof – Florida” being held at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, 1215 Roberts Avenue West, Immokalee, Florida now through July 17. The public is invited to meet the artist at a morning cowboy coffee reception on May 22 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
The cow paintings in the exhibit represent a diversion from Ms. Sanborn’s well-known paintings of the Florida Everglades. She found that cattle have been an integral part of the Florida landscape for centuries. Seeking them out and observing them in the landscape, and painting their expressive faces, became a challenging diversion during the isolation of Covid. The cow paintings were done in the studio in a mix of acrylic media.
Museum Director Brent Trout praises the work of Sanborn and says, “We’re delighted to be able to offer a showing of her work. It’s a really fun exhibition and a great way to help us celebrate 500 years of cattle raising in Florida.” Originally the pioneer homestead of cattleman Robert Roberts, the 13-acre site is now a historic museum containing 15 carefully preserved buildings that tell the story of cow hunters and ranchers struggles on the wilderness prairie.
Jo-Ann Sanborn is a well-known regional artist who has exhibited her paintings from Marco Island to Gloucester, Massachusetts. She has had several solo shows and been granted numerous awards for her paintings. She is a distinguished member of several art organizations, including the National Association of Women Artists, and works actively for the arts in her community. Sanborn attended Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and studied painting under the tutelage of Johanna Murphy of Hartford, Connecticut. She has participated in a number of workshops with nationally noted artists, teaches color workshops, and believes artists must continue to learn on a daily basis.
The Florida landscape has become the focus of the work and continues to provide her with unlimited inspiration. She paints in and around Collier County, and especially enjoys the beauty of the nearby Everglades. Sanborn’s paintings can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. More of her work can be seen and purchased at joannsanborn.com. She lives and works on Marco Island where she maintains her studio.