Meditating with Energy: New Florida Abstract Expressionism Exhibition Opens July 25th

05/20/15 to 10/31/18
Boca Raton Museum of Art

For some, the idea of serenity brings to mind a blank space, uniform and serene. For Delray Beach-based artist Brenda Hope Zappitell, meditation conjures a different image: a vision of broad color, sweeping lines and gestures, and deeply resonate emotions. In her upcoming solo exhibition, Brenda Zappitell: A Journey of Gestures showing July 25 through August 23, 2015 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the painter shares abstract expressionist works inspired by her travels, life experiences, role as a mother of three, and above all else, her meditations.

“If you are not actually present in the studio and are worried about the future or regretting the past,” the former lawyer-turned-painter said, “then you have little chance of making authentic work.”

Being present in the moment is integral to Zappitell’s process. After earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami Law School in 1990, Zappitell enrolled in the Boca Raton Museum Art School in 1991. She continued to practice law for five years, but extended her study at the Art School for nearly a decade before continuing with more classes at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico.

She began earning attention in group exhibitions in the early 2000s, but has leapt to national attention with group, dual, and solo shows in New York, New Orleans, Palm Beach, and more in the past six years. What has emerged from her 25 years as an artist is a vibrant, energetic, and emotional contribution to the genre of abstract expressionism.

“My paintings emerge from the emotion I feel in the moment my brush touches a blank surface,” Zappitell says. “I am a very physical and spontaneous painter. Moving back and forth with decisive brush strokes and dynamic gestures, I work rapidly to capture that ephemeral feeling in tangible form.”

Brenda Hope Zappitell: A Journey of Gestures will be on display at the Boca Raton Museum of Art during the traditional period of the All Florida exhibition. Applications for the show are not being considered for 2015.

“As a Florida artist of national prominence, Zappitell’s work is a wonderful highlight of our state’s talent this year,” effuses Curator Marisa J. Pascucci. “We’re looking forward to sharing her work and her energy this summer, and returning with a renewed All Florida for the exhibition’s 65th anniversary in 2016.”

Following the opening, Zappitell will host BOCA Talks at the Museum to discuss her work on Thursday, July 30, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. This event is free for Museum members and $12 for the public. For details or to RSVP, please contact Bari Arango at [email protected] or 561-392-2500 ext. 213.


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About Boca Raton Museum of Art

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is the only museum in South Florida founded by artists. Established in 1950 as the Art Guild of Boca Raton, the organization has grown to encompass an Art School, Guild, and Museum with distinguished permanent collections of contemporary art, glass, non-western art, photography, and sculpture, as well as a diverse selection of special exhibitions.  The Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 AM until 5 PM; on Thursdays from 10 AM until 8 PM; and on weekends from 12 PM until 5 PM. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month, and otherwise $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for students with IDs and children under 12. Learn more at