Looking for a bit of culture that’s top notch yet easy on the pocketbook? There’s a wonderful exhibit called ‘Florida Women in Art’ being shown at the Nathan D. Rosen Gallery in Boca Raton. The exhibit features four Florida women artists; Mary DeMonte, Adrienne Geffen, Sylvia Tarshis, and Barbara Welte, who come together to make up a colorful and exciting quartet of talent.
Kathy Slutsky, director of the gallery, has brought these wonderful artists to light for everyone to appreciate – yes, everyone – the exhibit is free to the public. And it doesn’t end there. Besides the incredible women artists, also on display is the work of Gustave Wander, aptly dubbed an American Master. His exquisite watercolors are a testimony to his reputation. And for those who would like to learn from this master – Gustave also teaches watercolor at the JCC.
Also on display is some wonderful pottery done by Myra Joacobowitz and Linda Greenwald. Should that medium strike your fancy enough to want to try your own hand at it, pottery classes are also being offered at the JCC. (For cost and schedule on all art classes call 561/499-2973 or 561/852-3223)
All the work on display is available for purchase.
So take a trip to Boca and explore this unique and diverse facility. Maybe take a class. Who knows –you might be the next Master.
‘Florida Women in Art’ – The Artists
Mary DeMonte – Starting in Zimbabwe, Mary custom designed couture clothes and wedding gowns for her boutique. Soon her creations branched into the tourist trade and she launched African ethnic designs screen-printed onto linens, dresses and skirts. She has also created her own diamond and gold jewelry. When her life’s path led her to America, Mary’s work centered on acrylic painting. Her work is greatly influence by the beauty and ethnicity of Africa.
Adrienne Geffen – Adrienne’s love of art started as a child with her fascination for her then preferred medium of choice - Crayola crayons. Today she works in pencil, ink acrylic, and watercolor. Much of her work is influenced by the three years she lived in Israel. Although she has been in the United States 28 years since the experience, the imagery and memories of that time have stayed with her as a source of inspiration.
Sylvia Tarshis – Sylvia has been described as a ‘romantic poet with a paint brush’. Amongst a vast variety of places, her work has most notably been exhibited in the US Capitol Building, Washington, DC. She has also shown in galleries worldwide, creating a global list of collectors.
Barbara Welte – An artist her entire life, Barbara was drawing before she could write. While living in New York for eight years, she was greatly inspired by the city’s beautiful skylines, subways and bridges. Her art is a creation of mixed media that illuminate the interplay of color, while she renders her own interpretation of subjects such as landscapes, cityscapes, sea and space.
The Nathan D. Rosen – Museum Gallery at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center. Ph. 561/558-2504 for more information. www.levisjcc.org.
Anna Collins is a writer, photographer and Realtor.