I hope you will enjoy receiving occasional updates on what I am doing to grow my art career. Thanks for all the support!  –Rob
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2016 Issue Nº 1

I could not be more excited to announce my participation in the next Legend Series event, where I will be painting new work in front of a crowd gathered to celebrate the publication of The Chef's Canvas.

A cookbook appropriate in your kitchen or on your coffee table, The Chef's Canvas extols the art of food and all our shared creative instincts. The best chefs of Northeast Florida were asked to take inspiration from art found inside The Cummer Museum. Saturday, March 12, is the date the finished cookbook will be revealed — and many of the recipes inside will be tasted. 

In 2015 I began to greatly expand the scale of my abstract paintings (see photo at right) and I look forward to sharing the experience of creation with the Legend Series crowd. There will be finished works on display as well as new works in progress in a variety of sizes.

The Legend Series
The Chef's Canvas
The Cummer Museum
of Art & Gardens
March 12
I will be creating several new works

Basically this, but in The Cummer, with an amazing 8-course meal, and much more!
In addition to my role in the festivities, so many others will be contributing their great talents to making this an unforgettable evening. Please see the link below to purchase tickets for this unique occasion. 


Purchase Tickets



2015 was my best year ever in terms of sales, exposure, and new opportunities. In addition to my customary attendance at One Spark and First Wednesday Art Walks, when I can be seen in my studio downtown, I enjoyed a wealth of new experiences that came my way. In January Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell opened at The Cummer Museum. For two evenings I demonstrated abstract painting techniques directly outside the entrance to this exhibition of works by some of my greatest inspirations. In March, I had the distinct honor of seeing an R Middleton abstract painting added to the Haskell Collection.
In June, I was one of four artists invited to show art during the Jacksonville City Council induction ceremony reception. This opportunity led, six months later, to the temporary installation of six of my paintings inside the offices of the City Council on the fourth floor of City Hall. For the time being you can visit an elected representative and take in some Rob Middleton art at the same time.  

During the summer Missy Hager at Stellers Gallery began to carry a number of my works. In September I inaugurated a new, larger studio space within The Art Center downtown at Hogan and Monroe Streets. With more elbow room I have really been enjoying working on large scale canvases (for which I hope to find a suitable display venue soon).

Wolf & Cub Pop-Up Shop carries my art, including two very large paintings, on the walls of its current incarnation in front of The Fresh Market in Brooklyn Station. Hurry in before that location "pops" off at the end of February. 

For most of 2015 a selection of paintings was available at the gift shop at The Cummer Museum. Other locations where my art can currently be seen include Bernie's Wine Stop, The Blue Fish Restaurant of Avondale, and inside the offices of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
Join me May 7 for the Cultural Council Gala, Boundless,
to be held inside The Benefactors Tent at The Players.



Onward & upward with the Rarts*! What else can I say? After such a fantastic '15 I am looking forward to a spectacular '16. I hope many of you will be along with me. I am not really sure how to reach my goals for the coming year but I promise to try. Help is welcome.

Big Goal Number 1  There are not many galleries in Jacksonville suited to displaying art the way that I would like. (One of the only ones, J Johnson Gallery, is closing in a few months.) The only thing I can think to do, therefore, is to try to stage a temporary exhibition in an unused storefront in the downtown area. 

Big Goal Number 2  I am eager to take my show on the road, actively seeking art world contacts in promising locations anywhere I can. 

If you would like to see the art hanging in any of its current locations, please do so in the next couple of months before they come down.

Phew! I had a year's worth of info to cover in this update; I won't make that mistake again! Thanks for reading and supporting my passion.  –Rob

*You know I sign my work with an "R." When saving files on computer I began using "Rart" as part of the file names a long time ago. I usually just pronounce it, "art."
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