Palm Harbor Library is now exhibiting the mixed-media paintings of local artist Annette Coast-Anatra in its Art Alcove through the end of February. Coast-Anatra’s work, a unique style she calls “Inspirationalism,” depicts visions and emotions from her life experiences. She uses a plentiful palette of color, light and movement to create depth. The mood set by her paintings lets you use your imagination to its fullest in determining the true meaning of each piece.
The definition of “inspiration” – stimulation of the mind or emotions; a high level of feeling or activity; an agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention – defines her art style and Coast-Anatra herself. “There are so many ideas in my head just waiting to come alive…to live endlessly and remain fresh.” Or, in the words of Placido Anatra, “When you love what you do, that love reaches out and touches the beholder.”
Coast-Anatra has earned numerous awards: Photography (1980), the Ford Automobile Competition (1980), the American Institute of Architects’ Architectural Delineator of the Year (1991), an American Advertising Federation ADDY Award (1998), and an Honorable Mention in the a la cart show at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art (2007). She is a member of the Gulf Coast Artist Alliance and the Professional Association of Visual Artists. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she is a graduate of the renowned Cleveland Institute of Art. To see more of her artwork, visit www.anatraart.com.
The Art Alcove is open Monday through Saturday during library hours at 2330 Nebraska Avenue. For more information, call 727-784-3332, Ext. 3021, or visit the library’s website (www.palmharborlibrary.org).