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Treasure Island Art Guild opens show
Article published on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
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TREASURE ISLAND – The work of five local artists will be featured over the next couple of months during the Treasure Island Art Guild’s winter show at the Treasure Island Community Center.

The showcased artists include Madeline Kirby, Joseph Walles, Susan Walsh, Geri Winston and Gay Womack.

“Capturing a moment in all its’ glory” is the mantra of Kirby, as evidenced in her pastels.

She immerses the viewer in “Calm Evening” with a masterful display of visual poetry. Experience the stunning reflections of Florida’s pristine “Chassowitzka River.” Discordant blue green waves breaking over umber rocks give us “California Surf.” “Palomino” expresses the beauty of its’ golden coat and flowing white mane.

Walles, a photography artist, turned a childhood hobby into a career that sees the world in a unique way.

Walles shoots Shooting in black and white distills an image to its structure, which is expressive in itself as reflected in “Beach Chair.”

High contrast compositions enhance silhouettes in “Waltz the Night Away” and “Caribbean Saloon.” “Happy Hour, South Beach” without the distraction of color, gives the viewer an emotionally charged time of day.

Walsh simulates the bold shapes and bright colors of Matisse in acrylic abstract “In the Courtyard.” Lyrics of songwriter Richard Harris “someone left the cake out in the rain” gives breath to watercolor “McArthur Park.” She prefers abstracts but delves into other techniques with mixed media “Dragonfly” and a delightful “Whimsy.”

The work of self- taught watercolor artist Winston finds itself bathed in the pure pleasure of “expressing oneself” and having “fun” in the process.

As watercolor is uniquely challenging, she successfully allows the light to shine through her mediums’ transparency in “Heron in Hiding” and “Water Over Rocks.”

Luminous color welcomes a sunlit day for “Potted Plants.” A “Peaceful Scene” invites the viewer at days’ end to just ”be.”

Enter the oil painting world of artist Womack, whose impressionistic style gives us exciting brushwork and freshness in “Pelican Point, Maximo Park” and “Inlet, Boca Ciega Bay.” To complement the tranquil setting of “Sundown on Pass-A-Grille Beach” soft pastel hues calm the spontaneity of her style.

In shifting gears to an experimental mode, “Study” evolved into an abstract of colorful forms superimposed over a portrait.

The Treasure Island Community Center is located on 106th Avenue just east of Gulf Boulevard.

Call 547-4575.
Article published on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
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