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Hirdie Girdie spotlights guest artist for month

By Staff | Feb 5, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED “Eternal Light,” by Lucas Century

Hirdie Girdie Gallery is highlighting guest artist Lucas Century for the month of February.

An opening reception set for Feb. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m., with Tower Gallery and Suncatcher’s Dream also participating. The gallery will raffle off a Valentine-themed gift basket filled with an assortment of artworks donated by member artists. All proceeds from the raffle tickets will be donated to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti, commemorating the gallery’s beginnings as a Haitian art gallery.

An early interest in photography led Century to develop his own innovative method of glass etching using a photographic process. His first major art project using his photo-etching technique was to assemble a team and etch the 58,000 names into the granite surface of Maya Lin’s renowned Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1982.

Century has been etching glass, stone and tile for over 42 years, with his major public art commissions at Florida Gulf Coast University, the Florida Museum of Natural History, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, Sanibel Public Library, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Hope Hospice, Haven Hospice and several other institutions nationwide.

He has also developed a line of etched glassware reverencing native wildlife, which is available on vases, bowls, and wine and water glasses. Century also creates sculptures, doors, windows, tables and glass elevators. Donor walls and signage have been a specialty for many years.

For more information, call 239-395-0027 or visit www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com.

Hirdie Girdie Gallery is at 2490 Library Way, Sanibel.