On Display at Syd Entel Galleries/Susan Benjamin Glass
The works of three prominent artists highlight the “Fall Season of Treasures in Art and Glass” at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc. in Safety Harbor. The show is open to the public and will continue until October 10. The Galleries is located at 247 Main Street in Safety Harbor and has resumed regular business hours from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Featured in this ‘Fall Season of Treasures in Art and Glass’ showing are still lifes by Johnathon Roy (J.R.) Newton, spectacular blown glass pumpkins by Jack Pine, and mystical birds by flameworker Shane Fero. The fall gallery collection highlights different artists that take their inspiration from nature and the beauty of all that nature reveals.
Painter Johnathan Newton works in oil (Featured Above), and his beautiful hyper-realistic still life on display at the Galleries shows the beauty of a group of pears and apples, enticing you to reach in and grab a bite. Born in Toronto, Newton studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, majoring in Classical Realism with emphasis on the figure. His work adds a beautiful touch to the ‘Fall Season of Treasures in Art and Glass’ Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc.
Newton has shown his work in galleries across North America and has received numerous commissions for portraits, landscapes, figurative and narrative subjects, murals, and trompe l’oeil and is becoming one of the leading realist painters of his generation. His paintings have also been made into limited edition prints.
Glass artist Jack Pine grew up on a farm in Circleville, Ohio, and studied art at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Circleville is home to one of the nation’s largest pumpkin shows, so it is no wonder that so many of his works are beautiful glass pumpkins. He finds inspiration from the colors and shapes of nature. It was his destiny to find the love of glass blowing and now for over 30 years create his award-winning glass pumpkins.(Artwork by Jack Pines LEFT)
Pine’s objective as an artist is to create organic art forms out of class, using incredibly rich colors and a unique style that he has developed by experimenting with a large variety of precious metals and enamels by layering them to create unique designs. It is hard to believe that his colorful works are created only by glass, with no paints involved in the process.
Shane Fero has been flameworker for 40 years. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1953. Fero started creating glass works as a teenager, apprenticing under Jerry & Lee Coker and Roger Smith. Fero is one of the pre-eminent artists with the torch in the glass blowing community. Fero maintains a studio next to Penland School in North Carolina. His work can be found in museums around the world.
Shane Fero’s works typically include birds and totemic spirits. His current bird series began after 9/11 to counter the mood and malaise of that time period. Birds have that special metaphysical and spiritual quality, which is reflected in their colors, gestures, song and flight. He invokes humor and character into these pieces, especially in the titles. Shane has taught flameworking all over the world, and his works are featured in many public and private collections.
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