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The Right to Swim Paintings by Vivia Barron

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

painting of 6 diverse, faceless people holding hands walking on the beach

The [email protected] presents “The Right to Swim”, paintings by Vivia Barron. Vivia is know for her acrylic paintings, bursting with bold colors and lines, that reveal scenes of life on a sandy coastline.

Artist Statement

I paint these people without faces, but you can see their emotion in the electric togetherness of the setting. I’m known locally for my vivid and joyful printings of Black and Brown people and for the preservation of historic photographs. Whether they be families circa St. Petersburg 1950, or abandoned snapshots found in gutted homes in gentrified neighborhoods, they retell a forgotten history. My work doesn’t just tell the story of St. Petersburg, it analyzes and tells the story of Black and Brown people who deserve to have their memories materialized in art forever.

A portion of proceeds from this exhibit will benefit the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation art summer camp program.

Opening Reception Saturday August 6, 2022 | 6:00-9:00 PM

Second Saturday Art Walk  August 13, 2022 | 5:00-9:00 PM



August 6
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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620 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 United States
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