First Gallery Walk of the new year
The Grove was quite lively last night, I guess being the last of weekend of the holidays, people wanted to get out.
My friend Pauline Goldsmith had a showing at FrameWorks on Commodore Plaza. Her work will be up all month. Pauline is active in many volunteer positions in the local art world, both in the theater and the visual arts. She strives to help others understand the joy the arts can impart. Her love of watercolors and botanical art are a consuming part of her life.
"My love of South Florida's lush tropical vegetation has encouraged me to use watercolors to translate their beauty to paper, so that it can be shared with everyone. In my attempts to render these plant likenesses into visual art, I have become attached to their subtle transformations in different lights," says Pauline.
Also at FrameWorks, is the art of Mai Yap. Born in Panama of Chinese parents, Mai as been able to magically blend East and West on canvas. Her artistry led her to pursue the focus of her current work, to change the way people look at flowers --from flowers as common products of nature, to flowers as unique miracles of the earth. Through her technique of "extreme close ups," she tries to compel the viewer to observe flowers in great detail.
She is currently teaching at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. That's Mai at right, standing with FrameWorks' Donna Sweeny.
"The color in my flowers surpasses shape and form. I hope that they will delight the viewer's senses and enlighten the mind, bringing great enjoyment," says Mai.
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