Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, Florida

A father, a mother, a son. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art [600 E Klosterman Rd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689] houses the work of a family of artists, an interesting concept.

Esther Gentle was Abraham Rattner’s second wife, they met at an art supply shop. Allan Leepa was her son. The gallery showcases art through the 20th century and their response to political changes.

Of the three, I was most moved by Rattner, a figurative expressionist.

I could feel the toil and anguish lifting off of the canvas, painted post WWII.

Rattner kept painting till the end of his life, and some of his most distinctive work would appear then. Other than the permanent collection, there are rotating exhibits. As if kismit, ‘Endangered Landscapes: America’s National Lands in Transition’ was on display. It was an ode to the anniversary of the National Parks System – displaying gorgeous photographs of some of my favorite places on earth. The other exhibit was ‘Aquiferious: Florida’s Springs’ which was equally as intriguing – containing pictures and photographs of these natural wonders. No pictures allowed on rotating exhibits. The museum is $7 for adults, however thursday evenings 5-8 PM admission is by donation, and the museum is always free to students.

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