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My name is Jim Fitch, I’m the Project Manager for the Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art in Avon Park, Florida.  I’m writing to introduce you to the Florida artist Peter Roberts and his contribution to Florida’s contemporary art tradition. I also include information about an opportunity for exhibit venues to host a traveling exhibit of his work.


I’ve added a link to my Resume to better explain my thirty-year involvement as an advocate for the contemporary art and artists of Florida who, in time, will earn the distinction of being recognized for creating the visual record of a particular period, 1950 to present, in Florida’s art history. I call those artists who have brought creativity, skill, and commitment to that tradition, Florida’s New Masters. Peter Powell Roberts is one of the artists who have earned that title. 

I came out of retirement because there is still work to be done promoting the genre, recognizing the major players, and providing information for collectors. Florida, presently, has only a mere handful of serious art collectors who recognize the future value of work by these New Masters.   


Little is known about Peter’s early life. Most of what we do know has been documented by Jan  Merop in her book I Never Paint Alone. We know he was conceived in Wales and born in the U.S. We know he attended the Cleveland, Ohio School of Art, and we know that while vacationing in Sarasota, Florida he signed on as an instructor with the Ringling School of Art where he taught for 23 years and contributed much in the early years of that prestigious institution’s growth. During that time he also earned a Masters degree in education. All the while he was looking forward to the day he could devote his time to building an art career. When that time came Peter and his wife Doris established a new home on a small tract of land adgensent to Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring that provided all the serenity and inspiration needed for his new artistic venture. 


 This was a time when Florida art, in general, was coming into its own. There was no lack of art but there was a lack of artistic creativity and he knew that in order to stand out he would have to find a signature subject and style. The Hammock provided both. His work speaks for itself artistically and at the same time,  reveals a world that exists beyond the obvious waiting quietly to be discovered. Peter used a gentle form of abstraction in his paintings that left room for even an unsophisticated viewer to add their own interpretation to the scene.


We can also offer support materials for the exhibit such as Giclee reproductions and the book I Never Paint Alone that can be consigned to exhibitors while the exhibit is up. For exhibit details please click here. Please contact me for more information.

Jim Fitch

PPRM Project mgr.

863 273 5861


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