By Kathy Collins

This month, the artist’s work on display at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant City is the work of the late Dr. David Charles Cozart, Sr. His work is extraordinarily brilliant and detailed. There are 11 pieces on display. Painting was his hobby, and his artwork is that of landscapes and places that he visited while traveling. The artwork is on display at the library, located at 302 McLendon St. in historic downtown Plant City, through the end of July.

According to Chad Loving, administrative and services assistant for the Bruton Memorial Library, “July’s exhibit is a collection of paintings by Dr. David Cozart, Sr. who passed away in 2010.
His wife, Gloria, reached out to me about setting up a show of his work. His passion for life is evident in his work. We are proud to show this collection at the Bruton Memorial Library.”

Dr. Cozart served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer. He attended William Penn College on a full scholarship after his tour of duty was completed. He received his Doctorate in Education Administration from Fairleigh Dickerson University. He worked in education throughout his life, servings as a teacher, football coach, principal, adjunct professor and, after retirement, as a special needs and substitute teacher in Polk and Hillsborough counties.

Dr. Cozart was a self-taught artist. He painted for the joy of it. The joy and love and dedication to his craft is truly evident in the paintings on display at the library.

The Bruton Memorial Library is an excellent example of how libraries bring art to the community. The monthly displays feature local artists, both professional and amateur. If you are interested in having work shown at the library, stop by the library’s front desk and pick up an application.