Plein-air artist’s work chosen for display in state senator’s Tallahassee office

State Sen. Lori Berman, second from left, poses with artist Ralph Papa, second from right, Jennifer Sullivan, Chief Marketing Officer for the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Dave Lawrence, President and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. in front of one of Papa’s paintings depicting Old School Square in Delray Beach. 10 of Papa’s works displayed in Berman’s office, all depicting landmarks and scenes of nature from around Berman’s district in Palm Beach County (Palm Beach County Cultural Council/Courtesy)

A local artist’s work has been selected to be placed in State Sen. Lori Berman’s office that showcases landmarks and scenes of nature from her district in Palm Beach County.

Ralph Papa, originally from New York, has been living and painting in South Florida for years. He depicts a variety of subjects but works primarily with plein-air painting in which artists go outside and paint the scenes in front of them. He has painted landmarks and natural areas in Palm Beach County, including the Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s headquarters in Lake Worth, the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach, the Boynton Beach Inlet and Old School Square in Delray Beach.

“Supporting the cultural arts is one of my priorities and showcasing local artists in Tallahassee helps illustrate how important that is to me,” Berman said. “Ralph Papa’s paintings of the district highlight some of the landmarks in Palm Beach County and I am honored to have these hung in our office for all to see and enjoy.”

Palm Beach County-based artist Ralph Papa’s painting depicting Old School Square in Delray Beach. (Palm Beach County Cultural Council/Courtesy)

The Cultural Council arranged for Papa to install the works before the start of the legislative session in Tallahassee and then hosted an open house reception with him on March 5 during Palm Beach County’s “Days at the Capitol” event. Berman, D-Lantana, saw the works and agreed to display Papa’s works in her office.

“It was quite a surprise and indeed an honor to have my artwork chosen for Sen. Lori Berman’s office at Tallahassee,” Papa said.

“Besides being a lifelong artist, I’m a big fan and supporter of plein-air painting where artists at all levels go outdoors to paint our area’s landmarks and ever-changing environment, capturing today’s culture for tomorrow’s history. The 10 paintings selected were all painted on location in the territory that Sen. Berman represents.”

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