The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its September exhibit “Fire and Ice.” The exhibit will run through September 29, 2015, featuring the work of outstanding artists in the glass and metal medium. Local artist Betty Newman gushed, “This will be an exhibit of unique glass and metal art.”
The exhibit will feature the work of six artists, all of whom have been recognized for the high quality of their work. Metal artist Bryon Wood blasts his art in a 2,600 degree forge. When his steel turns red, he can start forming his vision. As noted by Wood, “Metal is not like clay; you really have to work hard to move it around.” Most of Wood’s art is Florida inspired.
Mike Chamberlain is also a metal artist, but he works with aluminum panels. Chamberlain started in his sign business. He had a lot of scrap aluminum in his shop and started thinking he couldmake wall art out of the aluminum. By scratching the surface of the aluminum, light reflects creating a holographic effect of depth and space.
Vince Anthony and Tami Zadnik partner Anthony’s metal art with Zadnik’s glass in an outstanding collaboration. Anthony’s sculptures are 80% found/recycled materials, and even plastics. Zadnik is a well-known glass artist based in Madeira Beach, Florida. From stained and leaded glass doors and windows to carved art glass sculptures, her products are one-of-a-kind. In the words of Executive Director Hyla Crane, “the collaboration between Anthony and Zadnik is truly breathtaking.”
Charlene Grimes is passionate about her glass carvings. She is a retired family nurse practitioner who mentored for years under the esteemed Norm Dobbins in his glass studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her glass carvings display a delicacy that belies the heavy equipment used to create them, including air compressors and sand blasters.
Susan Gott works with molten glass directly from thefurnace at 2,300°F. Her work embodies an interest in mythological imagery, symbolism and philosophies from historic and ancient cultures. After casting, the mold is destroyed so that each piece is unique.
Robert Branstrator rounds out the field of artists. Branstrator works in both 2D and 3D visual art in various mediums to create relief and 3D sculpture. His work in this exhibit will be metal based.
The exhibit is open to the public and is free of charge. The Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145 and is open from 9 AM to 4 PM daily.
The Center will host a reception for the artists and their art on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. Admission is free to members of the Center, with a modest $5.00 charge for non-members.
For more information concerning Marco Island Center for the Arts, current exhibits, activities and classes, please visit www.marcoislandart.org.