Martha Ferguson: Beyond the Crowds

June 3, 2022 – July 22, 2022

Early Morning Coffee with a Friend, Oil on Canvas, 2022

Inspired by her experiences strolling the streets of St. Augustine and crossing paths with locals along the way, Beyond the Crowds presents Martha Ferguson’s intimate vision of the Ancient City.

Working in an impressionistic style, Ferguson’s plein air paintings become studies for her larger paintings completed in her studio. Through her paintings Ferguson strives to highlight areas of St. Augustine that are less trafficked by tourists, these are the areas that make St. Augustine so special.

“My inspiration comes from the familiar subjects that surround me. I love to paint the scenes of old, gritty towns, capturing the feel of the area and the locals that walk through the quaint streets. I am often drawn to architecture and the way the light comes through the subject. I want my paintings to be more than a likeness, but an experience or a nostalgic feel. I can walk by the same scene many times and then all of a sudden there is a moment that tells a story. That is what I seek to capture.”

-Martha G. Ferguson

Take a painting workshop with Martha Ferguson

Fundamentals of Painting
Saturday, June 11 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will cover the basic elements of painting and how to get started. The session will begin with a demonstration. Artists will then be guided through a painting session while being encouraged to focus on developing a strong design.

Finishing Elements of Painting
Saturday, June 25 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In this workshop Martha will demonstrate different techniques on how to achieve a finished piece. Artists will be given time to paint, and the opportunity to participate in a group critique.

Gardens at the Lightner, Oil on Canvas, 2022

The exhibition opening for Beyond the Crowds will take place on Friday, June 3 during St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk.

About the Artist

Martha G. Ferguson is an oil painter with a Bachelors in Fine Art from Flagler College. Martha studied watercolor and printmaking at the University of Charleston, and continues her studies at The Art Students League of New York. During her time as a student at Flagler College, Martha was greatly influenced by plein air painter Emmett Fritz, who she often encountered while he was painting the streets of St. Augustine. Martha participates in plein air paint outs and juried art shows around the country and has won many awards for her paintings, both locally and nationally. 

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About Lightner Local

Created to showcase the extraordinary talents of artists who live in the Northeast and Central Florida regions, Lightner Local is supported by the Benjamin and Jean Troemel Arts Foundation.