If you’re looking for an enjoyable afternoon perusing over 50 brilliant watercolor paintings, oils, sculptures and other artistic surprises by the world-renowned actress and artist, Jane Seymour, then it is worth the short excursion to visit The Studio at Gulf and Pine on the quaint and lovely Anna Maria Island.
The gallery is nestled in a charming little enclave surrounded by beautiful landscaping and tropical flora and fauna so that the inside with its many windows, makes the natural lighting perfect to showcase these and other beautiful works of art. On a recent weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a reception in which Jane Seymour was present and signing both her exquisite coffee table book as well as any of her canvases that were purchased that evening. Through discussions with the curator of the facility I learned this unique and spacious venue was also available for weddings, receptions, and private events. I can only imagine how magical it would be for the right couple to have their nuptials in such a creative environment as this beautiful gallery.
The night that I attended it was easy to discern that most of the attendees of this private event were true Jane Seymour fans. Either through her parts in long-running series like Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman to movies like East of Eden and dozens of miniseries, she has long-personified an elegant and worldly class-act and meeting her in person did not disappoint. With a line of people surrounding her at all times, Jane graciously spoke with all those wanting a picture or a signed copy of her book. She even encouraged us to find “Johnny,” her son who is featured throughout the book we purchased so he could sign it as well.
It’s amazing to learn about new talents somebody possesses especially when it is a gifted individual like Jane Seymour. You’re familiar with her acting resume and know of her Open Heart Jewelry Collection but to hear she is an admired artist whose passions lie mostly in watercolors was novel news. Looking through her works of art and sculptures depicting her Open Heart series you see that she honestly and vividly captures many of her roles in films with stills of her stealing an intimate kiss with Christopher Reeves during their filming of Somewhere in Time on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Recently, when Jane was in town for The Studio at Gulf and Pine event, she was honored with a 7-foot statue of her Open Heart symbol permanently on display at Bradenton’s Riverwalk area. Now one of 61 pieces of art displayed at Riverwalk, seeing the symbol in an outdoor space where her Open Heart philosophy will have the potential to touch so many lives was a highlight of her visit to the area. The statue was a gift to the city of Bradenton from various municipalities. Visit Riverwalk in Bradenton to appreciate this inspiring heart symbol as Valentine’s Day approaches for a sweet selfie.
For more love and beauty, also check out Jane Seymour’s exhibit through February 9th at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive Anna Maria Island. It’s a scenic drive as you get the chance to appreciate the beautiful Gulf waters and the uniqueness of Anna Maria Island. For more information on this event as well as upcoming exhibits at the gallery please visit their website at studioatgulfandpine.com
Photos courtesy of Jodi Schwarzenbach.