Antwan Ramar, Rainbow Harbor, Oil on Board

Antwan Ramar: Contemporary Impressions

April 2, 2021 – May 23, 2021

The inaugural Lightner Local exhibition presents Antwan Ramar: Contemporary Impressions. In his work, Ramar brings a contemporary vision to landscape painting while embracing historic traditions and techniques. Presenting his plein air studies alongside larger studio works, Ramar’s exhibition at the Lightner Museum explores his process of art making from field study to final painting.

“My paintings tell stories through the ephemeral mood of natural light. I look for the subtle poetry of each subject, trying to paint the “adjective” and not the “noun” of the scene.”     –Antwan Ramar

The exhibition opening for Antwan Ramar: Contemporary Impressions will take place on Friday, April 2nd from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. during St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk.

About the Artist

Originally from rural Wisconsin, Antwan Ramar has always been inspired by nature’s beauty. Ramar studied art in Southern California, in some of the finest ateliers under teachers with extensive experience in their fields. In that time, his curricular focus was on conceptual art. Learning the fundamentals of drawing and painting gave him the tools to take his art in any direction. Today Ramar is a full-time painter, splitting his time between painting in his studio, teaching classes and participating in plein air events around the country. He loves to travel and paint but spends most of his time in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Learn more about Antwan Ramar.

Awards and recognition:
Best in Show, 2020 Mineral Point, WI Plein Air

Plein Air Magazine’s best plein air painting Aug/Sept, 2020
Best in show, 2019 Cedarburg Plein Air
Cover artist of the year, 2020 NSB Florida Paint Out
1st place, St. Augustine Plein Air, 2019
1st place, St. Augustine Plein Air, 2018

About Lightner Local

Created to showcase the extraordinary talents of painters living in the Northeast and Central Florida regions, Lightner Local provides opportunities and support for solo exhibitions at the Lightner Museum in 2021. The program is supported by the Benjamin and Jean Troemel Arts Foundation.

Learn more about how to apply. 

Felix F. de Crano, Courtyard of the Hotel Alcazar, Watercolor on Paper

Paint Like an Impressionist

In collaboration with artist Antwan Ramar, the Lightner Museum is offering two workshops for artists of all levels to learn how to see and paint like an Impressionist. Explore the history and techniques of Plein Air painting and how it endures today before creating your own work inspired by the historic Hotel Alcazar courtyard. Whether you are an established artist, weekend painter or urban sketcher, Paint Like an Impressionist will be a fun and enlightening adventure into the world of Plein Air painting. Paint Like an Impressionist workshops will take place on Saturday, April 17th and Saturday, May 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Members $115 | Non-members $140

Tickets and more information available here.