Jefro Williams and Studio 1608 are hosting an art event, “Visions+ multiple disciplines. multiple avenues of interpretation,” with more than 30 artists joining together to exhibit their works on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Artworks will include contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography, video and installation art. The show will also feature two reserved spaces outside for eco- friendly art installations, designated by the curator, Jefro Williams.
Here’s a sampling:
Laura Graham of Lake Worth shoots her exotic narratives traditionally, often prints them in sepia, then hand-embellished them.
“I try to ignite the essence of specific events and imagery that I experienced during my travels,” she said. As such, they are personal, epic, site-specific and timeless. “I want to illuminate the magnificent source, scope and essential spirit of my subjects,” she said. Graham has also fashioned her images into miniatures creating unique accessories for the body and home.
Photographic artist Joel Cohen of West Palm Beach is heavily influenced by his training as a graphic artist. “Shapes, shadows, textures and angles are the essence of my art,” he said.
“To this day, every time I see something worth recording, I get excited and can’t wait to see the finished print. Manipulation is kept to a minimum and composition is all done in the viewfinder to preserve the integrity of what I see,” he said. “There are so many beautiful, interesting and dramatic images occurring naturally, that I see no need to manufacture them into something else.
He believes that his images are successful because he’s learned to see the image through the eye of the camera.
J. Paul Heiner of West Palm Beach holds an MFA from Columbia University where he studied and practiced painting and the visual arts concurrently with poetry.
Of the current body of work he’s generated since arriving in South Florida four years ago, he said (spoken like a true poet): “I am seeking at least a narrative draft pulled from the making of composition — the impression of viscera in the materials — problem solving, media, striking of sets, reconstruction, the new and different object, a betterment of story. That’s the hope.”
Inspired by the journals of explorers, particularly those of the early Antarctic explorers, Montana Pritchard began to long for the same kind of an isolated experience.
“Being unable to travel for the long time periods required of the early explorers, I resolved I would dedicate one year, my fortieth, to a personal exploration of both the earth and self.
“I would travel to all seven continents.
“I would see the world juxtaposed in no particular order.”
Above, “3 October Iceland,” is one of the images he captured and brought home with him.
Sibel Kocabasi of Lake Worth believes in the ultimate potential for beauty in art. “Beauty and hope are the strongest way to protest injustice in its forms; political, religious and environmental,” she said. “In the age of globalism, everything has become transparent. The visual landscape has become cluttered. With all the communication available, people are starving for beauty, and hope.”
Studio 1608 is at 1608 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, two blocks south of the Norton Museum. Food and wine will be offered. For information, call (561) 659-1883 or visit http://www.studio1608.com