By Kathy Collins

The art exhibit for the month of April at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City is from the library’s own, Chad Loving. There are 19 pieces in Loving’s thoughtful and creative exhibit. Loving said, “I have assembled a show of many different styles and media, including realistic and abstract drawings, paintings and even jewelry. My art is inspired by many different subjects including people, flowers, fashion and textiles.”

Loving explained that the pieces demonstrate where he is in his artistic endeavors at this time. “I am exploring new media and subjects. I used to stick to abstracts. I am now trying to challenge myself and do realistic paintings,” he said.

Loving organized the exhibit in such a way that it takes the viewer from realistic paintings to abstract ones. Loving’s pieces are striking and interesting. Each has a story behind it. Some of the pieces came about as a result of projects he did in an English literature class in college, and some were a result of studying in London.

In addition to the drawings and paintings, Loving creates jewelry made with wire, glass and minerals, which is on display in the Library’s display case. All of the pieces are inspired by fabric brought back from Tanzania by his sister.

Loving said, “I have been interested in art since I was very young and always try to find ways to incorporate it into my studies and art work. I love to create and encourage others to create.”

The Bruton Memorial Library is located at 302 McLendon St. in Plant City. The art exhibits rotate on a monthly basis and can be viewed by the public during the normal operating hours of the library. Artists who would like to have work displayed can stop by the front desk and pick up an Artist’s Application. Visit www.plantcity/ or call 757-9215.

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