November 12, 2009 – Dade City, FL -- Ray Olivera is slated to be featured as Artist of the Month for HiBrow Art Gallery, a division of the Dade City Center for the Arts in Dade City, Florida.   The gallery officially opens on Friday, November 20th with an exhibition of paintings, sculpture and photography from artists residing throughout Florida.  In addition to displaying his paintings Olivero is hosting a Gallery Talk that will be open to the general public Saturday, November 21st.

Executive Director Camille Hernandez said that Olivera was spotted at The Las Olas Art Show by a member of the board of directors and asked to submit work to be juried for the gallery’s premier exhibition.  “We were intrigued by his unique style and extensive inclusion in high profile public and private collections here in Florida and across the nation.  The educational component of our mission is very important and we are excited about showcasing Ray Olivero as our first speaker.”

Olivero’s career as an artist spans more than three decades.  His formal education includes a BA in painting from University of South Florida and a Masters of Fine Art from The University of Illinios.  Today he resides in South Florida where the brackish wetlands and beachscapes provide inspiration for his large format paintings.  His eclectic influences include African Tribal Art, late 19th century and early 20th century French Painters.  He also enjoys Chinese Mountain Painting and Japanese E-kiyo Prints.

According to Olivero, “Gallery talks are my opportunity to speak directly yet informally about my body of work with other artists, art collectors, art students and the general public.  I start by explaining my basic artistic goals are and address the major influences on my work including some of the sources for my ideas.  I also like to describe my personal approach to the artistic process and how my paintings are constructed.  There will also be a question and answer period that focuses on content.”

HiBrow Art Gallery is gearing up for a Gala Grand Opening on Thursday evening, November 20th. A VIP reception from 6-7pm will include entertainment by Saint Leo University visiting professor and award winning jazz pianist and composer Scott Routenberg.  Following the VIP reception the general public is invited to tour the exhibition.  The gallery is the first phase of the Dade City Center for the Arts on Dade City’s Historic Courthouse Square.  The non-profit organization is currently refurbishing the 6000-square foot Keifer Building to house the Dade City Center for the Arts.  The center will include HiBrow Art Gallery, a gallery featuring Florida fine artists along with Expressions of Art, an art education studio and Mon Trésor (My Treasure), a gift shop.

Dade City is a popular Main Street Community located north of Tampa and west of Orlando.  From Tampa, Historic Courthouse Square is at the corner of SR 52 and US Highway 301 and a quick drive from I-75 exit 285.   From Orlando take I-4 to US Highway 98 in Lakeland north to US Highway 301 and turn right.  Dade City Center for the Arts is 3 miles north on the left.

Camille Hernandez – Executive Director Dade City Center for The Arts