First Preview Reception of our 60th Year was a Big Success

Over 340 artists and art supporters attended the preview reception for Joan Brechin Sonnenberg: The Middle Point, Members’ Gallery: Florida Inspiration, and Breaking Through with Color: Artists Reveal the Power of Color on February 22nd.

Attendees were treated to a jazz trio from Edison College, refreshments, and gelato from Sweet Ginger’s.

Five artists received awards for works featured in the exhibitions. The winners from the Florida Inspiration exhibit were: Tanya Trinkaus Glass whose work Coco-Nuts won in the Bold Spontaneity category, Beth Wiese whose work Untitled I won in the Innovation- Experiment category, and Yelizabet Herrera whose work Origin won in the Technical Achievement category. The winners from the Breaking Through With Color exhibition were: Patricia Place Caldwell whose work Juice & Fruit won First Place, Veronica Benning for Sunflower Bouquet on Coral in Vase. Honorable mentions went to Leigh Herndon for her work Layers and Tanya Trinkaus Glass for her work Summer Sail.

From Left to Right: Rich Kiemiri, Elizabeth Kiemiri, Elizabeth Kiegler, Bill Kiegler
From Left to Right: Rich Kumicich, Elizabeth Kumicich, Elizabeth Kiegler, Bill Kiegler

During the evening, artists and patrons enthusiastically browsed works in a variety of media. From the stark weight of Pam Schmidt’s Heavy H-art, created from cast-lead, bondo, and epoxy paint, to the heartful whimsy of Sundance Etienne Latour Genore Hughs Sheppard’s Raison d’Etre, painted with acrylic, each work offered a particular facet of the art culture that is vital to our community.

Breaking Through with Color is on view until Jan. 11th. Florida Inspiration and The Middle Point are on view until Jan. 18th.

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