Discover Local Artists: Who are also authors

Some artists like to express their creativity by authoring books. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will present both the art and the books created by a group of artists through an exhibition and lecture series, March 16 through May 18.

Artists participating are Harry Benson, JoAnne Berkow, Geoffrey Bradfield, Carlos Castellanos,  Nancy Ellison, Stephen Gibson, Bruce Helander, John Loring, John Mercurio and Andrew Kato,  Edwina Sandys, Barry Seidman, Jeffery W. Smith and Sandra Thompson.

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Barry Seidman

Photographer Barry Seidman will present photographs from his series Handscapes. His book titled New Eyes, a “photobiography,” is a compilation of his many fine-art photographic series in a signed and numbered, limited edition. Included with each book is a signed original giclee print.

“‘To know it as well as the back of your hand.’ With Handscapes, it is the intimate self-exploration of my left hand as an abstraction, created by the curves and shapes that have always been there, but not really discovered until this moment,” Seidman said.

Seidman: Handscape, #266, Artist’s Proof #1. Archival Lambda print mounted under Plexiglas, 31 by 44 inches. Signed and dated on verso
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Painter and sculptor JoAnne Berkow will show pieces from her ‘Cloud Series,’ which takes a subject that is already abstract and breaks the composition down into individual modules. Berkow is the author of three books, Shades of Love; What They Didn’t Teach You In Art School, and Painted Poetry.

“Considering how realistic my paintings appear, it may surprise the viewer to learn that I tend to think of my work as a stringing together of abstractions,” Berkow said.

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Sunrise by Berkow

Composer, Lyricist, Writer John Mercurio

Andrew Kato Conceiver,  Director

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John Mercurio

For more than 20 years, the successful collaborative team of John Mercurio and Andrew Kato have combined their talents to do what they do best: storytelling. Kato is the idea man and develops the scenario playing an integral part in the creation of the story and how it will be told, suggesting plot points, design elements and other theatrics, while Mercurio writes the book, music and lyrics.
At Artist as Author, they will present “Page to Stage,” a depiction of the importance of the book and how it is developed and translated to renderings and ultimately the stage.

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Andrew Kato

A lecture series, consisting of panel discussions with the artists, will be held April 2, 16 and 30, at 3 p.m. at the Cultural Council Gallery, located at 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (561) 471-2901.

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