Discover Local Artists: at the Show House

The 2010 Red Cross Designers’ Show House takes up residence at CityPlace South Tower in West Palm Beach through February 20. This year, 18 designers transformed four units on the 19th -floor middle-penthouse level of the 20-story luxury tower. Included in the décor are some works of art by local artists.

In Virginia Courtenay’s rooms, Del Ray Beach resident Bethany Krulll’s work is exhibited. Her work stems from her fascination with the complexity and diversity of the natural world, she said.

Bethany Krull
Bethany Krull

“I am intrigued by the idea of nature as specimen, of  nature as deity, and of nature as art.

“Studies of my own extensive collection of natural objects, these porcelain sculptures aim to evoke appreciation, understanding and reverent reflection for nature in these times of ever increasing disconnection from the natural world.”

Krull's "Seed Pod" porcelain sculpture is 6 by 29 by 5 inches and is priced at $1,100.
Krull’s “Seed Pod” porcelain sculpture is 6 by 29 by 5 inches and is priced at $1,100.
Richard Tobias
Richard Tobias

Also in Courtenay’s rooms are works by Richard Tobias of Delray Beach. His “Open Water” is an installation that consists of 20 individual inkjet photographic prints.

“The force of water is like a magnet,” he said. “With each day’s start, to the east the sea opens to the sun.  I’m fascinated by the constant pull into an incomprehensible, surging power beneath the waves, an untamable force riding the currents.  My photographs reflect images of a mere instance in time of such ever-changing, uncontrollable might.  Figuratively unable to penetrate this roiling surface, at this time we must contend with it as yet another barrier.  One can only imagine the potential of our harnessing such a phenomenon.”

"Open Water" -- Each sheet measures 13 by 19 inches and is printed on Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper (Luster). Each image has been published, signed and numbered by Richard Tobias in a limited edition of 3 and dated 2009. Complete portfolio of 20 (framed): $6,000 Individual prints (unframed): $260.
“Open Water” — Each sheet measures 13 by 19 inches and is printed on Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper (Luster). Each image has been published, signed and numbered by Richard Tobias in a limited edition of 3 and dated 2009. Complete portfolio of 20 (framed): $6,000 Individual prints (unframed): $260.
Jefro Williams
Jefro Williams

Not only are some works of Jefro Willams of WestPalm Beach featured in Veronica Volani Inza, Interiors Division Smith and Moore Architects, but he finished the walls in the living room and bathroom.

“All of my artwork is a direct expression of my soul’s voice – singing a song of joy and freedom,” he said.

"Visions of Eco II" is 54 by 60 inches, milk paint on cotton canvas, priced at $1,500.
“Visions of Eco II” is 54 by 60 inches, milk paint on cotton canvas, priced at $1,500.
Barry Seidman
Barry Seidman

Palm Beach Gardens resident photographer Barry Seidman’s work was featured as part of Joseph Pubillones’ living room decor. “Smoke is ephemeral. It is here and then it’s gone. It can never come back or be the same again,” Seidman said.

"Smoke #24" is a 42-by-17-inch metallic chromogenic print, mounted on plexy, aluminum hanging frame, priced at $2,500.
“Smoke #24” is a 42-by-17-inch metallic chromogenic print, mounted on plexy, aluminum hanging frame, priced at $2,500.

The show house runs through February 20. The CityPlace South Tower is at 550 Okeechobee Boulevard. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $30. For more information, please contact Maura Nelson at 561.650.9131, nelsonm@redcross-pbc.org or visit www.redcrossshowhouse.org.

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