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Carole Rose: NCAL December Artist of the Month

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The Nature Coast Art League has named Carole Rose Artist of the Month for December. This award-winning, endlessly creative artist received this distinguished honor at the November meeting of the league, an organization whose mission is to promote visual arts and support artists in Hernando County and surrounding areas.

Rose’s winning art piece is a vivid, richly original three-dimensional collage that integrates the beauty and application of several media into a single, one-of-a-kind masterwork.

“This is a collage when you build on to something already there,” Rose explained.

The concept for this collage was born a decade ago when Carole Rose—then a promising art student–found inspiration in an instructional setting.

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“I started school for photography in 2013, after finishing I moved to Florida from Chicago, IL, and attended the University of Tampa for a fine art degree BFA,” she said. “We had a lot of Artists showing their work and there was one artist who did something similar to this and I fell in love and she inspired me to want to make my own.”

In the creation of this artwork, Rose undertook an intricate creative process that produced something beautiful.

“I bought a mannequin bust and spray painted it,” she said. “I went to a lot of estate sales to find interesting pieces to add to my bust. I also found jewelry at Hobby Lobby and Michaels and I used E 6000 glue which I feel is the best for drying and not cracking. Then from there, I glued for months making sure each piece was just right.”

Rose presented this just right piece on Nov. 20 at the Nature Coast Art League’s November meeting, where she was named the NCAL December Artist of the Month. It is the latest in a long line of accolades for this seasoned artist.

“I won Photographer of the Year at Prairie State College with a semester scholarship,” she said. “I won third place at one of the student exhibitions, for my Cyanotype, with a $200 prize.”

Rose’s talents span across several artistic media, as her collage indicates. “I love all media of art except drawing but my favorite is Linocut,” she said. “I can create anything with this media.”

Rose is deeply appreciative of her NCAL honor. “I’m very honored and humbled and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me,” she said.

Carole Rose’s winning collage will be displayed throughout January at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. This unique artwork will be displayed in a glass case in the lobby of the library.

Nature Coast Art League will meet next 10 a.m. on Jan. 15 at People Helping People, 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Charity Dauenhauer of Fairy Dust Images. Single membership is $40 per year, family membership is $50 annually. Mail a check to PO Box 6284, Spring Hill, FL 34611.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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