Arts & Culture

Local artist donates original piece to UWF

University of West Florida President Martha Saunders hosted a private event last week at the Dorr House in downtown Pensacola to thank local artist Tracey Savery Davis for generously donating her original artwork, “Oleander,” to the University.

“I have been a Tracey Davis fan for many years,” Saunders said. “Her work is unique, and we are grateful for her donation of one of my favorite ‘ghost’ paintings. (I have a print in my home.)”

Through her paintings, Davis tells a fictional ghost story that she writes herself using actual places and events as inspiration. “Oleander” tells the story of 11-year-old twins, Leander and Lucien DeLille, who lived in New Orleans in the early 20th century and died of an influenza epidemic. The piece will be displayed in the Dorr House until January, when it will be moved to Voices of Pensacola. It will also be used as part of a future exhibition at the Pensacola Museum of Art.

“Mrs. Davis is a local artist with a national following,” said Robert Overton Jr., executive director for UWF Historic Trust. “Her unique style of blending art with history and storytelling fits within multiple areas of our museum complex. Having an original work of hers helps us highlight Pensacola’s long tradition of supporting art and culture.”

Davis, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi and longtime Florida resident, specializes in mixed-media art, including her award-winning Petite Sacre Mosaiques, or “small holy mosaics,” which feature micro mosaic works of art in antique watch cases. Her work is displayed at various galleries around the U.S., including the Hoypoloi and Pop galleries in Disney World.

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