As they worked on an art exhibit commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s arrival in Florida, husband-and-wife team John and Mallory O’Connor have found their own fountain of youth of sorts: sharing their passion for art and art history with each other — and the public.
After Mallory stepped down as a professor and gallery curator at Santa Fe College in 2005, she and John, an artist and art professor emeritus at UF, pooled their talents into an art consulting business, O’Connor Art, LLC. Together, they offer such services as organizing and curating exhibits, art gallery administration, and helping artists market their works. John O’Connor also continues to work as a painter and printmaker. His art has been part of more than 200 exhibitions in the United States and Europe – including their current joint venture, “The Quest for the Fountain of Youth in Florida History, Mythology, and Art,” on display now through June 22 at the Thomas Center Gallery.