The Alliance for the Arts’ September exhibit, Fired Up, will feature the works of 29 Florida artists who have created their pieces using fire or heat in some way. The juried entries represent mediums such as ceramics, glass, welded pieces, encaustics and installations.
The opening celebration will be held on Sept. 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. Juror Lee Brotherton will be on hand to present awards including $300 for Best In Show, $125 for second place and $75 for third place. Meet exhibiting artists and juror Lee Brotherton during a conversational walk and talk through the gallery as they discuss their works on Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. during SoCo Second Saturday Art Crawl. This exhibit runs until Sept. 30. Admission to the gallery is free, but a $5 suggested donation helps keep arts programming accessible.
From 93 entries, 46 pieces were selected by the juror. Artists include: Thais Alvarez, Alyssa Baladad, JoAnne Bedient, Gianna Dubay, Patricia Fay, Ehren Fritz Gerhard, Eric Greenblatt, Carrie Keohane, Jay Lana, Sherry Lavendar, Felipe Maldonado, Sandra Fay Mark, Deborah Martin, John Merchant, Rick Plummer, June Powell, John O’Brien, Marcia Preisler, Mary Etta Rokusek, Ronald Sebring, Gale Shamblott, Joel Shapses, Barbara Simon, Toni Ferrell Sutton, Lynn Troyer, Mary Voytek, Beverly Yankwitt, Roseline Young and Peter Zell
This year’s juror is Lee Brotherton. Lee’s fine arts career included serving as an elementary art teacher, art museum work, art gallery manager and sales consultant. During this time, she constantly dreamt of being a full-time artist. In her free time she continued to work in the arts, especially with clay.
Brotherton has over 20 years of creating, marketing and selling pottery recreations and original sculpture and paintings. Her sculptures are in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the world.