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Watson MacRae Gallery to hold opening reception for exhibit

By Staff | Feb 5, 2019

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The Watson MacRae Gallery on Sanibel will debut its next exhibit of the season, “Garden Party: An Enchanting World of Sculpture, Paintings and Ceramics,” with an opening reception on Feb. 12.

It will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Suite G1.

Co-curated by sculptor Kirsten Stingle, “Garden Party” offers fresh design, narrative sculptures and ethereal fauna from six artists working in ceramics, fiber and encaustics. Featuring technical mastery and contemporary whimsey, the exhibit will be available for public viewing through March 8.

Five of the artists will be present at the opening reception to discuss their work.

Those participating in the exhibit include:

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– Amy Gross, of Delray Beach, returns to the gallery with new magical and mysterious little worlds called Biotropes. Inspired by the “hysterical growth” of Florida’s nature, she produces with fiber, beads and imagination pieces of color, texture and originality.

– New to the gallery, Lorraine Glessner, of Philadelphia, works encaustic – the ancient material of pigment in wax – into ethereal landscapes of colorful complexity.

– Also new to the gallery, artist Meredith Host, of Chicago, creates contemporary tableware with a retro flair. Smooth porcelain pieces with bright colorful geometric and floral designs are her signature style.

– For those who love the detail and beauty of pen and ink drawings, Deborah Martin’s “Garden Series” will be a visual experience. The use of encaustics, provides the Naples artist’s work with a soft atmospheric quality.

– The porcelain sculptures of Taylor Robenalt, of Sarasota, are beautiful and intriguing. Each element, color and form is symbolic and represents a part of the human condition. Her creations express both a personal and the universal experience.

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– When looking at the work of Stingle, of Atlanta, one is captivated first by the imagery, then by the multiple layers in each piece. Her theatrical training, where gesture and expression is paramount, translates delightfully into her porcelain sculptures.

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