Jan. 27, 2004 – Mango Tango Art Gallery's 3rd annual Mixed Palette Exhibition opens Friday evening on St. Thomas with a reception where guests will be able to meet and mingle with six of the seven participating artists.
"This is a highly charged show of energetic talent," gallery owner Jane Coombes says. "The variety of media used by the participants is central to the concept of the exhibition, which celebrates diversity in art."
Represented are M. Lisa Etre, Patty Tacquard, and Mandy Thody and her 12-year-old daughter, Merryn McDonald, of St. John; Brian Murphy making his debut in the gallery, from St. Thomas; Judith King of St. Croix; and regular visitor to the territory Shari Erickson. All but Erickson will be on hand Friday to discuss their work.
Tacquard and Murphy paint in oil. Murphy concentrates on nature and slice-of-life scenes without people. Tacquard's works explore the use of shadows to make the human figure three dimensional. Etre interprets island people and places in an impressionistic style in acrylic.
Thody excels in watercolor portraiture and also creates raku pottery at the Maho Bay Camps Clay Studios. Her daughter decided that the busts she helped her mother make looked like the heads of dolls; now the two of them craft museum-quality baby dolls with ceramic heads, hands and feet and meticulously sewn clothes. And nowadays Merryn also creates watercolors and ceramic sculpture, too.
King works in encaustic, which is beeswax melted with color resins, on canvas. She uses the medium, which can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, to create fruits and flowers with dramatic textured borders.
Erickson, a Ringling School of Art and Design graduate, first visited the West Indies in 1979. Since then, she has continued to capture her vision of islanders in saturated colors in acrylic on hardboard and on canvas.
Friday's reception is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the gallery, located in Al Cohen's Plaza on Raphune Hill. The show continues for a month. For more information, call 777-3060.
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