In the spirit of supporting the arts in Northeast Florida and exposing the community to artists with whom they may not be familiar, Butterfield Garage Gallery is presenting its Second Invitational Exhibition during the month of October. The featured artists were invited by member artists.

Here’s a look at the featured artists:

Stacey Fletcher, selected by Juliana Romnes

Juliana Romnes has been an admirer of Stacey Fletcher’s mixed-media paintings for quite some time and felt that her work would complement her photography. Both artists emphasize abstracted lines, bold forms and expressive movement to convey emotional qualities.

“Largely inspired by abstract expressionism, naive mark making, intuitive gestures and driven by symbolism, my work is layered with metaphors of myself and others,” said Fletcher. “These paintings often incorporate a sense of childhood imagery disguised among the colorful layers that contrast with a chaotic approach to energetic mark making.” 

Fletcher is a

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ArtEast Open Studio Tour celebrates its 15th year featuring the artists that live and work in the Eastern Dutchess County region.

Visitors will be able to enjoy prime autumn colors as they drive between each studio seeing a variety of artworks such as photography, fiber arts, metal, wood, sculpture, jewelry, and painting. With over 30 artists opening their studios, this is an opportunity to meet local artists and buy locally-made art.  

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The self-guided tour features artists that have participated over the years, gaining a good following from the community: Bob and Karen Madden’s Rock and a Soft Place studio, a family of artists at the Michael Gellatly, Tilly and Julian Strauss studio stop, and painter Susan Hennelly, to name just a few. Linda Puiatti was one of the original founders

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At the intersection of her professional and personal convictions, Hilary Schroeder has what she calls “broadly, an interest in the way that fine art can serve as a tool for environmental engagement, contemplation and activism.” The assistant curator for the Asheville Art Museum has explored that area of focus to some degree in past projects, but it wasn’t until her workplace received a gift of photographs taken by Robert Glenn Ketchum that she began contemplating an exhibition centered on the preservation of public lands.

“[I was] thinking about the way that he was looking at this natural beauty at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park [in northern Ohio],” Schroeder says. “But also underneath this beauty was the knowledge of ways that the land had been managed and mismanaged both before it became a National Park Service entity and after. That led me to look at other works in the collection that

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