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Mango Tango Art Gallery to Open ‘Natural Beauty’ Exhibit by Brenda Sylvia

“Sunbathing” by Brenda Sylvia (Submitted photo)

Mango Tango Art Gallery will hold an opening of the stellar Brenda Sylvia “Natural Beauty” exhibition from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. The gallery has watched her creativity and talent grow for more than 16 years. In her first show, she began by painting details on a familiar beach, a rock formation, seagrapes, a broken tree. Each colorful composition by the George Washington University graduate and adjunct art professor caught the attention of locals.

The gallery considers her an expert colorist. Gallery owner Jane Coombes feels fortunate to represent such a talented artist who “captures the essence of the Caribbean.”

In addition to painting well, she deftly writes about her direction and process for the current show:

Natural Beauty Show

“Getting outside into nature is an important part of Brenda Sylvia’s artwork and her life. For anyone lucky enough to live or visit the Virgin Islands, there are daily opportunities to experience breathtaking natural beauty. In her paintings, Brenda captures this beauty and her emotional response to the places she loves. Often, this manifests through her expressive use of color. Vivid color is everywhere, from the glorious sunsets and beautiful flowers to the amazing turquoise water and colorful fish, both outside in nature and now on the walls of the gallery.

“The bright light in the Caribbean showcases the Islands’ beautiful colors. Living on St. Thomas fed Brenda’s obsession with color. When creating her vibrant acrylic paintings, she starts with more than 40 different colors on her palette.  Even with all of those to choose from, she still mixes and alters each color she applies to the canvas.

“Before starting a new painting, Brenda selects a contrasting color to tone the base of the canvas, which creates even more energy as her colors optically interact. For her expressive paint application, she uses brushes of all shapes and sizes.

“Catching the Wave” by Brenda Sylvia (Submitted photo)

“Besides painting, Brenda worked as a first mate and snorkel guide on a catamaran and power boats, an eco-tour kayak guide, and as a fire dancer.  All of these jobs led her outside surrounded by the beauty of the Virgin Islands.  In her 2023 show, “Natural Beauty,” she shares some of the island views she has come to love so much, both above and below the water. Whenever possible, Brenda starts a painting on location, but she also uses for reference some of the many 100s of photos she has taken on her Island adventures.  The natural beauty of the Virgin Islands feeds her soul.  You can experience her love of the Islands through her paintings at the Mango Tango Art Gallery.”

The evening’s celebration includes spirits, appetizers and music by Danny Silber and friends — all in the parking lot with the gallery showcasing new gems inside.

For more information about the show, view www.mangotangoart.com or call 777 3060.

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