Sunday, September 27, 2020

Elizabeth Evans Gallery opens

Marco Island Center for the Arts Director, Lynn Holley listens to Clyde Butcherdiscuss his travels.

Marco Island Center for the Arts Director, Lynn Holley listens to Clyde Butcherdiscuss his travels.

By Coastal Breeze News Staff 

Elizabeth Evans Gallery has opened. Unique to Southwest Florida, the gallery is dedicated exclusively to fine art photography. Opening exhibits featured Clyde Butcher, Michelle Tricca, Matt Wood and Andre Bourdier. Clyde and Michelle attended the opening. Clyde was available to sign his book, “Cuba-the natural beauty.”

The gallery is owned by Diana Gratz. “I’ve been involved in the arts for many years, everything except owning a gallery. My husband asked me what I wanted to do next; I knew I wanted to do something extremely different.”

Diana was involved in design and architecture, residentially and commercially, in New York, Connecticut, and Illinois. “Art is all I know. My inspiration comes from artists like

Photographers Clyde Butcher and Michelle Tricca with Diana Gratz, galleryowner. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Photographers Clyde Butcher and Michelle Tricca with Diana Gratz, galleryowner. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Cindy Sherman. When starting out, Cindy couldn’t afford models, so she modeled herself using mirrors. Now, a piece of her work can run $100,000. The exhibits we choose for the gallery will draw you in. They’re evocative.“

The gallery was named after Diana’s mother, Elizabeth Evans. “She was also a patron of the arts for many years. Our goal with the gallery is to advocate the theory that a photograph can be as lush and compelling as a painting. Original work on display engages and enriches lives, conceptually and literally.”

The gallery is open to the public and it is located at 601 E. Elkcam Circle, Suite C1. Call 970-2480 for hours or information or check out the website at elizabethevansgallery.com

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