Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Gallery in downtown Lake Worth will feature the exhibit “Yang/Yin and Everythin’ in Be-Twin” Jan. 18-30.
“Yang/Yin and Everythin’ in Be-Twin” explores the battle of opposites and the intertwining of the sames, in art and in life.
Gallery artists MaryEllen Dohrs, Linda Manganaro and Betty Wilson, all veterans of the complexities of building an artist identity in a left brain/right brain world, each have developed an identifiable brand, an art that when viewed is easy attributed to that individual. Within their genres of style are the variations that twins and twines — the Yin and Yang.
MaryEllen Dohrs, well known nationally and among sports figures worldwide for her kinetic portrayal of basketball players, sumo wrestlers and hockey players, brings her skills to the creation of snails, turtles, frogs and pigs. Her ability to anatomically nail any living species on the planet evokes commissions from those wanting sports figures to look like their children to those wanting an exact replica of a dog or a goat. Dohrs’ teaching abilities have earned her a loyal following of students who have worked under her supervision for decades.
Betty Wilson, Palm Beach County’s chief booster of the arts and the artists creating them, has a thriving gallery on South Dixie Highway called the Craft Gallery, where she has hosted the Artists of Palm Beach County and the Ceramics League of the Palm Beaches. Adults and children flock to Wilson’s venue to learn how to work in both clay and glass. As a member of the Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Gallery, Wilson is one of its best-selling artists. Her fused glass fish are collected by locals and tourists alike. Images of her hundreds of smaller fish gathering in a school to chase one of the larger varieties could be a signature for this exhibit.
Linda Manganaro has created some of the iconic arts references of this show. An arts and antique dealer, Manganaro juxtaposes all that is opposite into complete and harmonious relationships. At first, the viewer sees tension in the presentation, a presentation that then morphs into a thought-provoking whole concept. The viewer also sees references to a wide variety of influences in Manganaro’s works, but each combine to be a unique and highly sought-after Manganaro original. Her materials, a collage of three-dimensional found pieces, are analyzed, conjected upon and then adopted by many visitors to the gallery. Each week Manganaro brings new visions and ideas to play. A flood of oppositional creations will wash through the gallery during this showing.
The exhibit opens Friday, Jan. 18 with a wine and cheese reception and closes on Wednesday, Jan. 30. This event is free to the public and part of the exciting Evenings on the Avenue presented by the Lake Worth DCA and LULA.
Clay-Glass-Metal-Stone Cooperative Gallery is sponsored by the Flamingo Clay Studio, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to provide affordable studio and gallery space for three-dimensional artists. The gallery is located at 605 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Gallery openings are held the first and third Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. with many special events in-between.
ABOVE: School of Fish by Betty Wilson.