The Selby Gallery‘s upcoming exhibit is a skilled exercise in comparing and contrasting. Opening January 6th the dual exhibit Glass and Charcoal will feature the work of artists Kathleen Elliot and Huguette Despault May. Elliot is a glass artist creating work based on natural imagery. May works primarily in charcoal with an intense concentration for detail.
Their two mediums are particularly different: the dimensionality, lines, texture. The contrast of each can intensify the other’s impact and make for an intriguing pairing. However, in a way, the mediums are similar. Each of the artists work and material have a certain tie to nature. Glass and charcoal – both come from the earth with little interference and is reflected in the art of both Kathleen Elliot and Huguette Despault May. The dual exhibit will likely approach much of the same themes and concepts yet from varying perspectives. A highlight of the exhibit will surely be the artist talk and preview to be held on January 16. Be sure to be on hand and learn more about the work of each of these artists.
Ringling College’s Selby Gallery is a beautiful 3,000 square foot space. Aimed at offering students and the surrounding community exposure to acclaimed artists, the gallery sets out to be “both a center of learning and hub of extracurricular activity.” Selby Gallery has developed a reputation beyond that of a college gallery and into as one of Sarasota’s best destinations for contemporary art.
Glass and Charcoal: The Art of Kathleen Elliot and Huguette Despault May will be on view January 6 through February 12. Luncheon & Artist Talk with Preview: Thurs., Jan. 16, 11:30 am (Call 941.359.7563 for reservations.) Opening reception Friday January 17, 5-7 pm. Director’s Tour Monday, January 27, 11:30 am. Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Tuesday, 10:00 Am – 7:00 PM.