CGMS Gallery Exhibit To Reflect Theme Of Earth & Sea

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery celebrates the July 4 weekend with its “One if by Land, Two if by Sea” exhibition. The event takes place Friday, July 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening ends with the lighting of peace lanterns that will soar 200 feet into the sky. The holiday event includes a surf and turf sampling of food that will accompany the art made from foraged treasures of the earth and the sea. This gallery party is free to the public.

Lake Worth Artist Kathleen Kirschner joins with gallery artists Julie Sylvester and Valerie Brotherton in this special presentation of art, made from the cast-off debris left in forests and on seashores. Scavenging the beaches, seabeds, back alleys and wooded areas of Palm Beach County, these collectors amass a wide variety of materials that are then turned into unusual works of art.

Kirschner, after visiting local bird-watching preserves, found herself sifting through her collection of driftwood and palm fronds to create a larger-than-life-size great blue heron. This joins her swan and a huge assortment of wall hangings and sculptures that grace the CGMS Gallery.

Both Sylvester and Brotherton gather every shell they use. They, however, take very different approaches to incorporating them into art. Sylvester creates sailing ships, dragons, flowers, butterflies and jewelry from her finds. Brotherton uses her shells, sea vegetation and corals to make abstract sculptures and museum-like specimen collections under glass.

Continuing the summer food fest at the gallery and in keeping with the surf and turf theme, July 4 holiday foods will overflow many serving vessels made by gallery artists. Look for shrimp and crab treats along with pigs in a blanket and surprise treats from the earth. Round that out with sips of beverages, wine and beer.

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 15 South J St. in downtown Lake Worth. Hours are Sunday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Gallery openings are the first and third Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. with many special events in-between. For more information, call Joyce Brown at (215) 205-9441 or e-mail The gallery phone is (561) 588-8344.