Hanging out, drinking delicious coffee, talking about art… ahhhh, that’s the life! Well, that IS the life at least for an hour or so each month at the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Coffee and Conversation series. Enjoy coffee (Presented by the Sterling Society of DFAC) and insights as each month’s invited guest holds forth on their own area of expertise. Admission to these relaxed talks is $5 and is FREE to current DFAC members.
Thursday, November 16th, 2023 at 12 noon
The series welcomes artist Jim Gigurtsis
Title of the presentation: Ceci n’est pas une pipe – My Watershed Moment
“We will start with a brief history of portraiture and then reflect on my art journey from realism to expressionism. We will discuss my art practice including some of the tools, and techniques that I use to paint expressive work. We will briefly touch on what I teach and my involvement with arts in the community. Examples of artwork are included in the presentation.”
Jim Gigurtsis was born in Crete, Greece, and moved to England as a young adult. In 2016 Jim moved to Seminole, Pinellas County from Europe. Jim Gigurtsis is an award-winning multi-discipline artist. His preferred medium is oil painting but he also uses video and installation.
His work is internationally known and can be found in private and public collections in the US, UK, Greece, Canada, and Norway. Since 2011 his work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in London and the USA. In 2019 he was the recipient of an Emerging Artist grant by Creative Pinellas. Jim has won a number of awards, including Best of Show for Pinellas County in 2022.
Jim was the curator for the exhibition space at the Financial Contact Authority in London and also advised on their art strategy. He has taught art classes and workshops at the Morean Arts Center, Treasure Island Art Guild, and London, UK. He does demonstrations of portrait painting and also gives private lessons.
Jim is an avid supporter of the arts in the community. He does this by giving free art lessons to individuals and groups that cannot afford it; and by supporting worthwhile non-profit organizations, such as the Suncoast Voices for Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.