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Art in Bloom – Visions of Paradise

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Art in Bloom – Visions of Paradise

Time: March 18, 2011 from 6pm to 10pm
Location: Clay•Glass•Metal•Stone Cooperative Gallery
Event Type: art exhibit, opening, reception
Organized By: Mary Kate Leming
Latest Activity: Mar 11, 2011

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Art in Bloom – Visions of Paradise

Opening Friday March 18, 6 PM to 9 PM


On Friday evening, March 18 from 6-10 P.M. Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery will celebrate the coming of spring with the exhibition, Art in Bloom – Visions of Paradise.  The gallery will be filled with foliage, flowers, aromas and the art work to go with them. 


Pots, bowls, ikebanas and vases fill with spring flowers of vast array and color.  Awakening woodland and seaside treasures combine in both rustic and intricate works inducing the magic of the season.  New co-op artists introduce works evocative of the season, laced with the tendrils of emerging growth.  The vanishing series reappears with the push of springtime’s desire to revitalize the earth.  With spring comes new life and creativity. Plants emerge, fish spawn, and artists create new works in celebration of the season.


Artists Rick Cohen and Kathleen Kirschner gather nature’s treasures turning them into finely crafted works of art.  From grandfather clocks, tables and mirrors to whimsical animal fantasies and paintings on silk their collaborative efforts bring a new dimension to the gallery. They join Norman Gitzen, Betty Wilson and Maria Hayden, each with works that integrate the natural environment celebrating the quirks as well as perfections of the real world.  Maria’s works emerge from the ancient firing pit; flames spewing chemicals that create patterns of their own across her beautifully formed vessels.  Betty uses surface embellishment to weave leaves and floral patterns throughout her works.  She fuses fish of glass that float through the gallery reflecting any light source they meet. Norman’s animal carvings, wall sconces and bronze hammered fish and dolphins speak for his intense desire to influence a change in our attitudes towards the preservation of this world.  Portions of all of his sales go to support the Marshall Wildlife Foundation.   Our artists are inspired by the wonders of the paradise we so fortunately inhabit.


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.

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