An extensive exhibition of paintings by SPC adjunct art professor Stephen Schatz will be on display at Stirling Art Studios and Gallery through March 31. The gallery is located at 730 Broadway in Dunedin and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
A resident of New Port Richey, Schatz teaches classes in art history and art appreciation for St. Petersburg College. Schatz began studying art in 1963 when he became an art major at Florida State University. Taking a humanities course his sophomore year in college and the constant visiting of major art museums influenced this decision. Many artists influence him but his favorites are Rembrandt, 19th century Post Impressionist and Expressionists like Van Gogh and Munch. He works from life and is inspired by the physical and psychological presence of each individual model.
Schatz earned his master’s degree in painting from Florida State University. He later studied in New York at the Arts Student League and various academies in Paris. He was previously a professor at Albany State University, where he taught art appreciation, art history, drawing, painting and sculpture. He has exhibited in numerous group and one-man shows and has received many awards, including three Georgia Council for the Arts Individual Artist grants.