Some pictures from the opening of The Fine Art of Contemporary Craft at Watson MacRae Gallery, on the beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida. It was a night in the company of lovely work, and amazing artists, all nature entranced and correspondingly obsessive in detail.
And I met in person, for real, my friend from afar, the amazing ceramicist, Claire Prenton. Her pieces for the show are poetry, the porcelain elements all inspired by the shells she collected during her first visit and exhibit on the island. We found out that we're like the oldest of friends, though we grew up on different continents. I think we both knew we would be. More of her intricately extraordinary, nature channelling work to be found here, on her website.
Works by Akiko Sugiyama, Cassie Ryalls, and Vicki Grant
Wall pieces by Akiko Sugiyama
And of course there was the pre-opening dance.
Claire caught Mom and I shaking our groove things.
Thank you, Maureen Watson, who makes it all happen, always, to perfection, and congratulations on the beautifully expanded new space, my gallery home away from home. Thank you Hollis Jeffcoat, who composes a room as if it were one of her own elegant paintings. It was a beautiful night.