april, 2022

202202apr(apr 2)12:00 am29(apr 29)11:59 pmArts on Douglas | 04/02/22 - 04/29/22 | Light Passes Through | Sara Pedigo | New Smyrna Beach


2 (Saturday) 12:00 am - 29 (Friday) 11:59 pm


Arts on Douglas

123 Douglas St. New Smyrna Beach FL 32168


Arts on Douglas386-428-1133 123 Douglas St. New Smyrna Beach FL 32168

Event Details

Art Exhibition | 04/02/22 – 04/29/22
Light Passes Through | Sara Pedigo
New Smyrna Beach

Arts on Douglas
123 Douglas St. New Smyrna Beach FL 32168

St. Augustine-based artist Sara Pedigo is known for her oil paintings of the “ordinary sublime” in which she carefully observes and records details from often overlooked spaces she encounters on a daily basis.

As exemplified in her exhibition title Light Passes Through the transitive quality of light is central to this body of work. She explains “Light mediates our perception of the world and is highly influential in my life and to each of my artworks. Light is the singular requirement for all life and is the source of our perceived experience. Light is the arbiter of color form space and ultimately visual memories.”

To create her paintings Pedigo pays close attention to the nuanced qualities of light from both natural and artificial sources during different times of day. In the piece titled Ghosts at the Table for example Pedigo presents stacks of dishes in an open cabinet illuminated by the ceiling light above. At the same time a softer light appears to sweep through the scene from the left implying a nearby window.

The act of painting is as much about the process as the finished product for Pedigo. It provides her with an opportunity to slow down so she can be “both mentally and physically present in the world.” She summarizes that it is through this “slow looking” that she is able to focus on “the complexity inherent in the present moment which is bound to an appreciation for life itself.”

About the Artist:

Sara Pedigo grew up in the American South. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007 and is currently a Professor at Flagler College in Saint Augustine Florida her undergraduate alma mater.

Pedigo has exhibited nationally with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach FL; Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati OH; Western Illinois University; Furman University in South Carolina; and Wynn Bone Gallery in Annapolis Maryland among others. Her numerous group exhibitions include Drawing Discourse at the University of North Carolina Asheville and Root to Bloom at Principle Gallery in Alexandria VA. Additionally her paintings were featured in the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2020 and at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC in 2006.
Pedigo was honored with a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2006 and a Community Foundation of Northeast Florida Grant in 2016. Her artwork has been the cover art for the following publications: Ivory Tower: A journal of poetry published by the University of Delhi Play Button: Poems by Liz Robbins published by Cider Press Review and Minetta Review: a literary and arts publication at New York University.