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Husband and wife artists Jim Hoolsema and Gail Bokor of Port Orange work in different media, sometimes reflecting the same object from their own viewpoints.
Mr. Hoolsema is a photographer and Ms. Bokor paints in acrylics and watercolors. Their current exhibition Texture Explored: Implied & Tactile opened at Peabody Auditorium's Rose Room Gallery on April 3 with powerful explosions of texture and color muted only by lightly flowing watercolors and subject matter.
Once the family photographer, Mr. Hoolsema has turned his avocation into a vocation. He became a fine art photographer and is now using photography to create conceptual art.
A resident artist at The HUB in New Smyrna Beach, he has won several awards at The Daytona Art League. He is a member of the Daytona Art League and the Casements Camera Club.
Ms. Bokor received her art education at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. After many years of juried art shows, she now works with her husband in their HUB studio and teaches watercolor in the classroom there. Ms. Bokor's 2012 art awards were from Art League of Daytona Beach, The HUB and Art Fiesta in New Smyrna Beach. Memberships include The Art League of Daytona Beach, Florida Museum of Art and Grand Valley Artists in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"Although I love working in acrylic, watercolor is my medium of choice when painting," Ms. Bokor said. "Watercolor to me is like an elusive relationship that I can never take for granted, as I am not sure where it is going. Therefore, when I am working on a watercolor painting, I have learned to go with the flow of it and the adventure it provides."
The Rose Room Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and for an hour prior to stage events at 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach.