Americana-Folk Art Celebration
Opening Friday July 1, 6 PM to 9 PM
This First Friday of the long, long Fourth of July Weekend and the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery kicks it off with an Americana Exhibit – an exhibit based in the Folk Art Tradition so many of the gallery participants revel in as a genre. What better way to celebrate this national holiday than by an expression of creation that grows from the very soil and roots of American whimsy and tradition. The Gallery jump starts the weekend at 6 PM on Friday with a summer sampling of holiday foods, drinks and fun filled stories about the unusual creations on display. Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue in Downtown Lake Worth.
Linda Manganero, Lake Worth Artist, takes antique elements and mixes them with a wide variety of shapes, textures, wires and toys, to create three dimensional collages of fantastical sensibility. The complexity juxtaposed to the simplicity of her imagery begs the viewer’s participation and interpretation.
Lois Herrick, Palm Beach Gardens artist, is the epitome of a Folk Artist, and is reminiscent of Red Grooms in her portrayal of the Americana Story. Legally blind, her works reflect what little sight she has, grouped with her personal strength in the manipulation of her materials. Lois continually pushes back the walls of credulity in her efforts to let her subjects tell their stories.
Theo Sable, Hypoluxo Artist has some works one wishes could be shared on the pages of a family paper. They are satirical, metaphorical and can only be seen inside the gallery. Her prolific and unusual body of work allows for the featuring of pieces that reflect Americana. This gallery showing includes her large ceramic table, complete with ceramic table cloth and women’s legs.
Victoria Rose Martin, Boynton Beach artist, has become an international star featured in gallery shows in Europe as well as those throughout the United States. Her works speak to the neo-Americana movement combined with references to Surrealism. Whether they are seen as morbidly fascinating or joyously expressive, the appreciation is fully in the eye of the beholder.
Betty Wilson and Maria Hayden, both artists with wide bodies of work, have a selective group of Americana to display in this exhibit. From teapots to expressive figurative works their contributions round out the exhibit.
A wine and cheese tasting takes place at every opening. Clay§Glass§Metal§Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists. The gallery is located at 605 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6-9PM. For information call 215-205-9441.