Events: Exhibit Opening Reception: Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Second Saturday ArtWalk: Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Featured: The Storyteller’s Closet: Laura Balombini Paintings and Constructions
Diana Samper Colombian Necklace Compositions
Exhibit Dates: April 3 – May 10, 2014
Description: Color, light, texture and whimsy.
Asheville, NC artist Laura Balombini made a national name for herself in the field of contemporary craft as an early pioneer using polymer clay to create sculptures of the human form. Today, Laura uses polymer clay among many other materials such as wire, wood and paint to aid in the construction of both two and three-dimensional pieces. Balombini’s interests lie in telling a story through object and painted canvas; a story the viewer can reinterpret via the artists’ boldly-colored [and sometimes re-imagined] imagery of people, landscapes and animals. Laura recently moved to Asheville from Blue Hill, Maine and her work is influenced in large part by her surroundings. She exhibits and is represented in many galleries and collections throughout the U.S.
Diana Samper is a top freelance advertising director and designer for many U.S. international brands (such as Coca-Cola) throughout South America. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Diana currently lives and works out of Chicago, IL, where she freelances large advertising projects and makes jewelry from indigenous materials. Her “Diverso Studio” necklaces.primarily consist of dyed tagua nuts, dyed bombona seeds (both native to Central and South America) and small, palm tree (hemp; also known in South America as Iraca) baskets or ‘beads,” intricately-woven and also dyed in very bright colors. Diana intertwines these materials to create both sophisticated and “Mardi Gras-like” neckpieces that visually exemplify “fun to wear” and are also very appropriate to Florida’s tropical climate.
These events are free and open to the public. The 2nd Saturday ArtWalk is in cooperation with all galleries and studios downtown as part of a monthly event of the Arts Association St. Petersburg.
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Please contact Michele Tuegel if you would like more information or visual images of the artwork by either of the represented artists above. 727-823-1100 or cell 727-458-0099. firstname.lastname@example.org. Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11 – 6 / NEW! Late Thursday evenings ‘til 8 /Mondays by appt.