‘In the Light of Day’ shines at Venvi Art Gallery opening


Venvi Art Gallery2901 E. Park Ave., will present “In the Light of Day” by Michelle Phillips (formerly Michelle Wilcox) with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. on September 2.

In her second solo exhibition at Venvi Art Gallery, Phillips continues her reflections on the simple beauties that adorn our lives, with a focus on the scenes that reside within the home.

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Her graceful compositions, coupled with her use of natural light and her impeccable choice of colors, capture a precious moment in time and a peaceful place of refuge.

For the past two years, we’ve all spent abnormal time at home, dwelling on its physical interior as well as the historical events happening outside.

Venvi Art Gallery, 2901 E. Park Ave., will present

During this time spent in her own home, Phillips’ curiosity arose about the similarities between the events we are experiencing and the events people experienced in 1918 and later years. In this body of work, Phillips extends his signature painting style, with his stunning hues and intentional brushwork, to explore our world and the roles of our homes, through the lens of still lifes.

Emulating the artist’s reflections on the outside world, she has recently begun to focus on reflective subjects in the work, including unique pieces of antique glassware and a mirror on which she assembles her still lifes. This mirror captures reflections from nearby houses, clouds and towering trees.

"rainbow ray," by Michelle Phillips at the Venvi Gallery exhibition opening on September 2, 2022.

With this configuration, his pieces capture both the carefully posed still lifes and the spontaneity of the surrounding spaces. Along with a new emphasis on reflective surfaces, Phillips increased the scale on which she paints. With this expansion, she is able to create more complex compositions, playing with the angles and balance of objects to create different moods and scenes.

Phillips’ work draws inspiration from a range of art, including Dutch Baroque still lifes and artists such as Janet Fish, Claude Monet and Gwen John, as well as authors such as Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf. She is also inspired by the history of still life in relation to domestic space and femininity.

"Pandemic thoughts" by Michelle Phillips is part of her work at the opening of the exhibition at Venvi Gallery on September 2, 2022.

Long and unfairly despised as a genre of art, Phillips embraces still life as an instrument of empowerment, choosing to celebrate scenes from the home and create a sense of serenity and security, where both artist and viewer feel that they can be themselves. .

Michelle Phillips earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University. After graduating with an MFA, she began teaching visual arts classes at the University of North Florida and Flagler College as an adjunct professor in 2021. Phillips has shown her work through the United States and in numerous exhibitions in Florida.

If you are going to

What: Exhibition “In the light of day”

When: Opening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 2; operates from September 2 to October 2. 9

Where: Venvi Art Gallery, 2901 East Park Avenue, Tallahassee

Details: For more information on the show and Michelle Phillips, visit www.venviartgallery.com

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