Thomasville Times Enterprise

March 4, 2014

Boston’s Accidental Gallery to feature award-winning artist, author Van Beck

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Boston’s Accidental Gallery will be featuring the works of an award winning artist and author on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with an opening reception. The gallery’s new location is inside The Boardwalk at 109 W. Jefferson St. in Boston.

Linda Van Beck recently won the top prize, “Best in Show,” at the Florida State University Artist League Museum of Fine Arts exhibit at FSU. However, awards are not new to Van Best. She earned the same top award from the Thomasville Center for the Arts more than a decade ago and many more honors in between. She is also well-known in horticulture circles.

Van Beck’s love of nature can be seen in her work for the Florida Daffodil Society. She and her daughter are the authors of Daffodils in Florida, A Field Guide to the Coastal South. She is also the president of the society and runs its test garden in Tallahassee. During her time, she has discovered many historic gardens in Florida and Georgia, including some in Boston.

Since Van Beck’s solo show at LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts in the 1970s, she has served as curator for memorable events including the 1994 multi-venue Southern Women, invitational exhibit.

Her work has been described as “compact” and “elegant.” Majken Peterson of the 1020 Gallery descried her work as “the soul of moment.” A tireless promoter of her favorite projects— she is currently developing a traveling exhibit of the works of Karl Zerbe inspired by the Civil Rights Movement. The show is scheduled to open in Albany next year.

For more information about the exhibit at Accidental Gallery, contact Sandi Shaw at (816) 309-5131. The show will run until April 8. Gallery hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m.