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Monet Plus 4

acrylic on canvas and wood
Size: 24 x 30 sold

Monet Plus 4

24 x 24 mixed media tryptich, with a board down the middle between two canvases painted
with acrylic.
The title  of this piece refers to the 4 paint brushes, one of which is trompe l'oel, and the other
three are actual brushes painted to blend into the painting and collaged to the wood.
Monet's bridge at Giverny, one of many painted by him, is painted with a palette knife
to replicate his thick brush strokes.

Historical information below.

Collection of Central Florida Community College

Copyright 2019, Nancy Moskovitz, Ocala, Florida. All rights reserved.

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Here is a history of Sharpes Ferry Bridge researched and graciously provided by historian Lucy D.Jones.

  • The Sharpe’s Ferry Bridge a steel-riveted Warren pony truss drawbridge.  To let river traffic pass, the bridge pivots on a central pier.  There is no bridge tender (the person who would open and close the bridge) stationed at Sharpe’s Ferry, so boats must either fit underneath or call ahead several hours in advance. 


  • The Sharpe’s Ferry Bridge was built in 1926 (or 1928 depending on who you believe) by the Austin Brothers Bridge Company of Atlanta.  The Moss Bluff Bridge was built at about the same time by same people using essentially the same design.


  • Before the bridge was built, and before this was Sharpe’s Ferry, Native Americans, soldiers, and settlers crossed the river here.


  • Sharpe’s Ferry may have been named after James Woodard Sharp, who moved there in the 1860s.


  • In the late 1800s when riverboat steamers wove through the jungle, a wooden box nailed to a tree on the riverbank served as the Sharpe’s Ferry post office. 


  • For much of the twentieth century, it appeared that parts of the Oklawaha River, including Sharpe’s Ferry, would become the Cross Florida Barge Canal.


  • In the mid 1960s, Rock Hudson was in the Ocala area filming scenes for the movie “Blindfold,” including scenes at the Sharpe’s Ferry Bridge.


  • This year, the Florida Department of Transportation’s consultants began environmental and engineering studies for the bridge’s upcoming replacement, which the Department considers essential given the condition of the historic bridge and the importance of the roadway for evacuating eastern Marion County in case of a disaster.  These studies will include evaluating the historic significance of the Sharpe’s Ferry Bridge.  In other counties and states, bridges of this age and design have been moved and incorporated into bicycle and hiking trails; hopefully that is an option being considered by FDOT.   

Lucy D. Jones


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