Tag: Artel Gallery

Ora Sento

Follow me on Twitter @TerreBritton

Ora Sento

“Ora Sento”  (c)2012, Acrylic on Canvas Board, 16″ x 20″

“Ora Sento” is on display in the 2012 Members’ Show, December 4, 2012 to January 4, 2013, at the Artel Gallery, Pensacola FL.

Consecrated Perception

As any doting parent, I could endlessly wax poetic on the smallest, furry member of our family: our cat-child, Shadow, aka Kitty. I’ll attempt brevity, but I believe the back story is integral to the power of the incident.

Since slinking into our garage two years ago, thin-bodied and hollowed eyed, at arm’s length—not withstanding many a scratch and plentiful swabs of topical colloidal silver—we treated her for mange, fleas, and yanked out a few festering tics. We catered to her basic needs but chose not to tame her, for fear of weakening the instincts she depended on for survival.

We just let her be.

We eventually gained her trust through ritual daily feedings and by waiting on her for any natural, sociable advances; but otherwise, she happily remained a wild and energetic garage-cat in control of her destiny.

However, prior to moving to Pensacola, she grew lethargic, a bit of a cry-baby, and, strangely, more interactive, particularly rubbing her ears against our knuckles. Odd, we thought. But we knew, without doubt, that something was up when she started listing to one side. The vet, however, assured us that she was fine and chalked it up to a difficult adjustment to our local move three months earlier.

But following our arrival in Pensacola, her imbalance increased and she began vomiting. So off to the vet we flew, whereupon she was diagnosed with a severe infection in both ears and a build-up of mite “debris”—otherwise known as poop—so dense and deep in her ear canal that a general anesthetic was required for the cleaning.

When she was safely back home, and completely conscious, she was transformed.

Tall and still she sat. Listening.

Eyes riveted; ears poised.

I could see her hearing. Suddenly, she turned and opened her eyes to me; they were enormous and clear. Her expression was deep and focused. She seemed amazed and curious and in love. With life. And I was there to savor her sentience. We shared an energy, a communion that was bigger than the two of us. Well, I did. I know I’ve anthropomorphized her reaction, and you might deem me daft, but I like to think that we shared a union on a metaphysical level and I consider myself fortunate to be witness to one of the most unique and pure moments of cognizance, expression and wonder.

This is the gift that I painted.


Since this incident, and though she retains her free-spirit, she’s become a little love-bug that follows me around the house and curls up next to me in the middle of the night. Oh, the joy. Sigh.

“Gala One” is Purchased by the Cinco Banderas Permanent Collection–(Updated)

Follow me on Twitter @TerreBritton

Gala One

Friends, as of last Thursday night I have the honor of being a part of the Cinco Banderas Permanent Collection, at the Artel Gallery (@artelPensacola), in Pensacola, FL. My sincere thanks goes out to juror David Braly–the nationally recognized artist from Montgomery, AL–who voted “Gala One” to be purchased for the prestigious collection.

David Keith Braly

This is the second honor I’ve been awarded in as many months. In September, my canvas, “The Green Vase,” won Best of Show. I’ve spared you the naive, pseudo-Wordsworthian spot-of-time experience as recounted in that very first post (you can read it here), but I assure you, I am even more overwhelmed!

The founder of the Cinco Banderas Permanent Collection is Jim Kobacker. Apparently, he began the collection anonymously but eventually began engaging more with the artists to build up one of the most esteemed collections of Florida’s northwest artists. Last night I had the great pleasure and honor of meeting Jim’s daughter Kim and grand-daughter Ashley, both genuinely lovely people. I was moved by their gratefulness to the artists: while I was trying to express my gratitude to them for their gracious gift and recognition, they were thanking me!

Kim and Ashley Kobacker

I’m also pleased to be in the fine company of two other artists whose works were also purchased for the collection: Sally Miller and Pat Regan; and judge’s Awards were given to Thomas Groth and Donna O’Neal. Below is Suzanne Robbert, our fearless leader, during the awards ceremony.

Suzanne Robbert, President of Artel Gallery

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the one person who encouraged me to get involved in Artel Gallery and submit my work, and that would be Hope Mastroianni–painter and photographer who prefers to be behind, rather than in front of a camera, hence, no picture. Thank you, Hope!

Terre Britton and Gala One

UPDATE: You can now purchase prints of  “Gala One” in my Fine Arts America collection, at http://terre-britton.fineartamerica.com/ I will be adding “Gala One” to my FAA collection, for print and canvas sales, but and it is currently on display from now until Nov. 30, at:

Artel Gallery
223 Palafox Place
Pensacola, Florida 32502
850 432-3080

I urge you to come view the show; the art is diverse and excellent. Hope to see you there!

“The Green Vase” Accepted in to the 24th Annual Cinco Banderas Competition

Terre Britton and "The Green Vase"

Terre Britton and “The Green Vase” at the opening of the Cinco Banderas Competition.

“The Green Vase” makes a second appearance in the Artel Gallery!


This time,  juror David Braly–the nationally recognized artist from Montgomery, AL–voted The Green Vase” in to the Twenty-fourth Annual Cinco Banderas Competition,–thank you David! It did not make its way in to the permanent collection; however, the second work I submitted was purchased! You can read about it in tomorrow’s post.

Previously, “The Green Vase” won Best of Show in  their edgy still-life competition, “Fruits, Vegetables and All Things Still.”

“The Green Vase,” by Terre Britton.

“The Green Vase.” Acrylic – (c)2012 36″ x 48″

“The Green Vase” is for sale at the Artel Gallery, until Nov. 30, or you can buy prints, stretched canvas prints or greeting cards through my new Fine Art America gallery. You won’t have to wade through any of my other art to find it, it’s currently the only one there :-)

The opening for the show is tonight, October 26. I urge you to come view the show; the art is diverse and excellent. Hope to see you there!


“The Green Vase” is on display and for sale from October 26 to Nov. 30, at: Artel Gallery223 Palafox Place, Pensacola, Florida 32502 | 850 432-3080



Art a la Carte

Fibers at “Art a la Carte” -Artel Gallery

Fibers at “Art a la Carte” -Artel Gallery

A Lovely Gathering

Thank you Artel Gallery for such an amazing “Art a la Carte” event!—the annual wearable-art gallery fundraiser. The overall quality of the work was exceptional and both the show and luncheon were grand successes. Below are a few photos from the event.

All work can be found through Artel Gallery: Art With An Edge.

Card by Patricia O'Neal

Each attendee received a beautiful, hand-made card by Patricia O’Neal. Thank you, Patricia!


Patricia O'Neal modelling a silk scarf.

Patricia O’Neal modelling a silk scarf.

Jewelry at "Art a la Carte" -Artel Gallery


Jewelry at "Art a la Carte" -Artel Gallery


Fibers at "Art a la Carte" -Artel Gallery


Industrial Design at "Art a la Carte" -Artel Gallery

Industrial Design

Best of Show at Artel Gallery

Follow me on Twitter @TerreBritton

“The Green Vase,” by Terre Britton.

“The Green Vase.” Acrylic – (c)2012 36″ x 48″

What better way to begin a new blog than with celebratory news.

This spring I discovered the Artel Gallery (@artelPensacola), in Pensacola, FL. I saw two amazing shows: the Women’s Show and “Art As Social Discourse.” After learning that the shows were juried but open to all artists, and although I’d never considered entering a juried show before, I took the plunge into their edgy still-life competition, “Fruits, Vegetables and All Things Still,” and “The Green Vase” won Best of Show!

"The Green Vase" at Artel Gallery.

“The Green Vase” at Artel Gallery.

So, a completely new chapter has opened in my life, and I hope to share my journey with you through this blog, so welcome! I look forward to your company.

Me and "The Green Vase"

Me and “The Green Vase.” Acrylic – (c)2012


Me and my husband Daniel

Me and my loving husband Daniel; he’s my biggest fan!


The icing...

My unexpected cash prize!–bent from being squished in my hot little hand.


I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to some of the people that made this experience possible: to Karen Valdéz, the juror, for selecting my piece for such an honor; to Susanne Robbert, the President of Artel Gallery (@artelPensacola), for affording me and all artists the opportunity to partake in such a rich and diverse arts community, and for the unexpected cash award(!); to Sheila Courtney, for her respect, excitement and support; and to Lee Courtney for being the bearer of such amazing news. Thank you! And thank you to all the other artists at the opening who introduced yourselves and offered your congratulations. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you, learning about your art and congratulating ’you’ in future shows. Exciting times!

And if you happen to be driving through Pensacola, the show is up until Oct. 4!

Click to follow Artel Gallery on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter @TerreBritton

%d bloggers like this: