Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Couple Share an Artistic Vision; Thus Their New Exhibit Is Called "Double Vision."

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Couple Share an Artistic Vision; Thus Their New Exhibit Is Called "Double Vision."

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Byline: JOHN CARTER

You might say it's a double fantasy that led to this artistic, married couple's "Double Vision."

Larry Wilson and Laurie Hitzig share an aesthetic passion, their lives, a home, a studio and a refugee dog on the Southside.

They're both visual artists, painters who also use mixed media to breathe life into their artistic visions.

The dog, Tica, now that's another story. During an eco tour of Costa Rica, the couple found her starving on the beach. They intended to help her find a good home in the United States. But after a financial arm and a leg, and all the time and effort it took to bring her along to the States, they'd fallen in love with the lovable, brown-eyed mutt.

The couple, who just celebrated their 20th anniversary, will present an exhibit called "Double Vision" at Jacksonville University. The opening reception is set for 5 p.m. Thursday in the Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery. It's free to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain through Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Wilson, who works locally at Rink Design Partnership Inc. and is considered one of the country's leading interior designers, will present a series of abstract landscapes of the Southwest. He creates his tree forms and colorations directly from observing what he calls the surrealistic appearance of the open plains.

Wilson likes to work in a series so he can fully explore a concept within a concentrated time frame. He chose a washed natural canvas to portray the earthiness and simplicity of the region. The canvas, sewn together in a patchwork, describes and references the mosaic-like landscape that makes up this mountainous part of the country.

"I like the resulting texture of the material," he said. "It has a rawness of its own, with ragged edges much like the landscape itself."

Hitzig will exhibit new works including a mixed media piece titled Tica and Me. Hitzig also offers a series of birds - a subject that has been included in myths, folklore, poems and imagery throughout history. She says birds have been portrayed as spiritual creatures, playful clowns, wise soothsayers and tricksters. …

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