JF Gallery & Framing celebrates its opening at its new location on Antique Row in West Palm Beach with an exhibit, “In The New,” which runs through August 15 and a reception on July 23 from 5 – 8 p.m.
The opening exhibit will showcase works by Clemente Mimun, Liz Ghitta Segall, Dan Leahy, Delford T. Wilson, Isabel Gouveia, Reema Houwari, Sibel Kocabasi, Susan Battin, Peter Marshall and Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson, as well as sculptures by Chris Riccardo and Joseph Meerbott.
To give you a taste of the upcoming exhibit, here’s some of Liz Segall’s work. Segall, who now lives in North Palm Beach, was raised in New York, and spent most of her life in France. She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, studying art and art history, and she also attended L’Ecole National des Beaux Arts in Paris.
She is compelled to make art, she said. “I am inspired by everything, most specifically, nostalgia for places that I’ve visited as well as places where I’ve never been.”
A song lyric or poem stanza may fixate her, too. In this show, two paintings offer examples of this fixation, which came about after reading a work by Luis Aragon. She graffitied the words onto her works, “Rodin, La Rose et Le Reseda,” and “La Rose, Le Reseda.”
“I was in a political frame of mind,” she explains.” The poem is about the same day asssasination by the Gestapo of Resistance fighters, one Catholic and one Jewish.
Aragon’s poem by the same name is taught to French children “the same way we teach Hiawatha, here,” she said.
Segall does not paint for an audience. “Each painting contains a message from me to me, she said.
“When I’m in my studio painting, I imagine that I’m a safe cracker with my ear to the dial, listening for the click to unlock the lock, and then, I make a mark on the canvas, which unleashes a conversation between myself and the painting.
“I love when viewers look at the work and connect and respond emotionally. That’s what I hope for.”
When you visit the JF Gallery exhibit, and view Segall’s work, what do you see in it, and what conversation does it start?”
Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres are offered at the opening exhibition. JF Gallery & Framing, formerly known as My Frame Shop & Gallery, was founded in 2003. Owner Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson will offer quality framing as well as art exhibits at her new location. Its address is 3901 South Dixie Highway, Suite B., West Palm Beach. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.jfgallery.com or call (561) 478-8281.