Discover Local Artists: west best and art walk

Fine Art at West Best hosts Collaboration Art Show April 23 through May 5. Featured artists are: Aidana Baldassarre-wearable art,  Anthony Burks Sr.-mixed media, Barbara Cheives- fiber artists, Christina Major-painting, Ilene Adams- photography, Kristy Garloff-painting, Norman Gitzen-sculpture, Rainer Lagemann-sculpture, SAMM-vocalist; photography, Trina Slade-Burks-author; mixed media, Ursula Fernandez-painting, Verónica Volani Inza-painting.


Ursula Fernandez, an artist from Lake Worth who has a studio at West Best, explains that the piece pictured here is one in a series of three that portrays faces of  farmers.

“This man, from my previous hometown in Cuba, is a typical hard-working farmer smoking a cigar that he made from the leaves of tobacco he has cultivated all his life. An old straw hat protects him from the hot sun. His features show that he is old and  tired, but not ready to give up.”

“The Old Farmer,” ink on paper. 25 by  30 1/2 inches, $700

Ilene Adams of Wellington believes that art and beauty bring joy and well-being to individuals and are essential for a well-balanced life.

Working in many mediums, Adams aims for evoke feelings of nostalgia or of imaginary places.

“My photographs deal mostly with nature, but nature through an intense filter,” she said. “Images are put under a microscope and colors are heightened. There is beauty all around us, but how often do we take the time to really see it? These ordinary wildlife images are enhanced to create painterly new images that leave the viewer wondering if they are paintings or photographs? Abstract or realistic?”

“Lillies & Squiggles,” acrylic, 24 by 36 inches, $1,500

Anthony Burks Sr. of  West Palm Beach said that he initially created the piece pictured below  for another art event in the name of the black rhinos that are being slaughtered for their horns on the continent of Africa.

“The people involved with the Rare Species Conservatory educated me on why these animals are becoming extinct,” he said.

“Rhino III,” mixed media, 15 by 40 inches, $3,000

An open house on April 23 runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature a book signing of 2Faced: The Devil’s Advocate by  Trina Slade-Burks at 1 p.m. For information on the exhibit, open house and book signing call Slade-Burks at (561) 714-6674.

Fine Art at West Best is at 2602 S. Dixie Highway, Suite #2 , West Palm Beach. The gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment on Monday through Wednesday. For information on the gallery, call Ursula Fernandez  at (561)301-6848.

Also on April 22 and 23 is a collaboration art walk showcasing works by artists in three nearby galleries.

Participating West Palm Beach galleries are: Dixie Art Loft at Craft Gallery, 5911 South Dixie Highway; JF Gallery & Framing, 3901 S. Dixie Highway, suite B; Mary Woener Fine Arts, 3700 South Dixie Highway #7.

“We are going to be open during Trina’s Collabortion opening day, April 23, to support her and to encourage art enthusiast to gallery hop on Dixie,” explains Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson, owner of JF Gallery & Framing. Hours of the art walk will be  5-8 p.m on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For information on the art walk, call Jamnea Jacas-Finlayson at (561) 478-8281.

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