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Exclusive Event Coming Up! Alex Sepkus Jewelry Trunk Show

Meet Candace Edelman G.G.
COO & Stone Buyer for Alex Sepkus

Come enjoy this rare opportunity to explore a diverse sampling of Alex’s masterfully crafted gold and platinum jewelry,
gathered in one place.

Saturday March 7th 11-5 PM
Sunday March 8th 12- 2PM

The event is open to the public.
R.S.V.P – Linda at 727-725-1808 or Linda@sydentelgalleries.com

Meet the Artist: Hessam Abrishami

Seeking a society free from the limitations of modern day Iran, Hessam left his home country to expand his knowledge and awareness of the outside, changing world. Following the great influence of the ancient history that surrounded him as a child, his quest to excel as an artist took him to Italy, one of the historically great epicenters of the art world. He began his higher education in Pietro Vanucci, at the Accademia di Belle Arti and perfected his craft diligently, leading to 20,000 private collectors world-wide, over $60 million in sales, hundreds of one-man gallery shows, over 25 international exhibitions, and multiple works in museums. Like all artists, Hessam’s works convey a unique view of the world, colored by his individual beliefs and experiences. Hessam is deeply optimistic — he believes strongly in the goodness of people and this world, which is reflected in not only his art, but in his personal values. When asked if it is difficult to see a favorite painting leave in the arms of a collector, possibly never to be seen again, Hessam has said, “No, I have enjoyed making it and now I want it to bring happiness to someone else.” For Hessam, artwork does not belong solely to the artist, but also to those who enjoy it. Hessam’s approach to art is intuitive and free by nature, yet disciplined by his strong foundation in artistic fundamentals. Inspiration comes from any and all interactions that happen with and around him. This is all encompassing; life, people, animals, love, romance, intimacy, beauty, dance, music, celebration. As Hessam says, “Basically everything that makes me feel good is what I strive to deliver to others with my work.” When asked if it is difficult to see a favorite painting leave in the arms of a collector, possibly never to be seen again, Hessam has said, “No, I have enjoyed making it and now I want it to bring happiness to someone else.” He goes on to express that the artwork does not belong solely to the artist, but in fact, it belongs to the people. Hessam’s art is his way of helping to make the world a free and joyful place. Hessam’s approach to art is intuitive and free by nature, yet disciplined by his strong foundation in artistic fundamentals. Hessam Abrishami has diligently worked from his early years to gain the freedom and education necessary to make his life’s vision come true. Hessam currently has over 20,000 private collectors world-wide and has exhibited in over 100 One-Man Gallery Shows, over 25 International Exhibitions, and multiple Museums. Hessam was recently presented with the “Key to the City” of Ormond Beach, Florida where his work is currently displayed in the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Hessam has also been invited by the American Liberty University in association with California Polytechnic University in Pomona to receive an Honorary Doctorate to commemorate his achievements as a fine art painter. Hessam’s art has become much more than a grand collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. It has become a legacy. The inspiration, passion and beauty of his art are just a few reasons why his work is so widely collected.

Meet the Artist: Borowski

From a bag of sand pulled from the earth to a finished piece of handcrafted art, glassmaking runs deep in the Borowski family. Going back decades and across multiple generations, each member of the Borowski family dedicates themselves to honing their craft and perfecting the art of glassmaking with every piece they create.

The artist Stanislaw Borowski, one of the big names in the European studio-glass movement of the late 1970s, achieved a previously unseen quality in his engraved and sculptural works. Compellingly presented in numerous exhibitions, they have reached a wide audience in Europe, Asia, and the USA.

 

Stani, the youngest son in this family, was born in 1981 and graduated from Koln Design Academy in Germany. As a newly born artist, he is the most intelligent and potential multi-media artist in modern art circle.

His artworks are mostly collected by museums and collectors all over the world.  In addition to his paintings and sculptures, made from bronze, metal and glass, he creates many unusual sculptures for the Artist Edition as well as colourful objects for the Studio Line and the Outdoor Objects collections.

Glass has always held a very special fascination for people. No other material plays with light, colour and form to such an extent, or appears to forge such a natural connection with its environment. Even its production seems to be almost magical – from sandy raw materials to crystal clear beauty.

So it is no wonder that glass has been a constant inspiration to artists to create fascinating works of art. This means that the contemporary Studio Glass Movement is a young and exciting art form that has been in continual development and of increasing importance since the 1960s. Our family has contributed significantly to its development. In the 1970s my father had already gained international respect and recognition with his engravings and sculptures. Numerous masterpieces created by my father and my brothers, Pawel and Stani Jan Borowski, are now exhibited in renowned international galleries, museums and private collections. Borowski glass manufacture ranks among the most acclaimed artistic glass studios in the world.

But what exactly is it about these objects that international buyers and collectors value so much? Firstly there is the completely emotional aspect: an often quite spontaneous excitement at the wealth of ideas, the explosion of colours, this zest for life that these works embody. Every single one of them – be it a masterpiece, one of a collection or edition – is a quite special, unmistakable, life-affirming art concept, unique to Borowski, and is hard to match.

It is therefore all the more fascinating that each and every one of these light, bright and colourful unique pieces has undergone such a complex production process. An old and demanding skill that only very few manufacturers today possess. Indeed, I believe that is exactly the attraction for collectors and art-lovers – this special quality: the unique mixture of craft skills and joie de vivre!

With our three collections: Art Objects, Studio Line and Outdoor Objects we hope to incorporate these elements into your daily life. These collections embody the same vibrant art concept as the Borowski masterpieces. They admirably fulfill their purpose as vase, fruit bowl or candle-holder, are displayed as much sought-after collectors’ items in all sorts of different locations, stand in gardens or on terraces, draw admiring glances in parks or on balconies, make people smile and linger. They embody our artists’ wealth of ideas and the craft skills of our glassmakers in equal measure. Each piece in the collection has been worked with great love and care an

d meets the highest quality demands.

With Art Objects, Studio Line and Outdoor Objects we can pass on our fascination for glass to you – and what distinguishes the work that our family does: Love, Passion and Perfection.

We wish you great joy and pleasure on your journey through our collections.

Wiktor Borowski

Owner of Glasstudio Borowski GmbH


Don't miss your chance to Meet Wiktor Borowski

Glass has always held a very special fascination for people. No other material plays with light, colour and form to such an extent, or appears to forge such a natural connection with its environment. Even its production seems to be almost magical – from sandy raw materials to crystal clear beauty. So it is no wonder that glass has been a constant inspiration to artists to create fascinating works of art. This means that the contemporary Studio Glass Movement is a young and exciting art form that has been in continual development and of increasing importance since the 1960s. Our family has contributed significantly to its development. In the 1970s my father had already gained international respect and recognition with his engravings and sculptures. Numerous masterpieces created by my father and my brothers, Pawel and Stani Jan Borowski, are now exhibited in renowned international galleries, museums and private collections. Borowski glass manufacture ranks among the most acclaimed artistic glass studios in the world. But what exactly is it about these objects that international buyers and collectors value so much? Firstly there is the completely emotional aspect: an often quite spontaneous excitement at the wealth of ideas, the explosion of colours, this zest for life that these works embody. Every single one of them – be it a masterpiece, one of a collection or edition – is a quite special, unmistakable, life-affirming art concept, unique to Borowski, and is hard to match. It is therefore all the more fascinating that each and every one of these light, bright and colourful unique pieces has undergone such a complex production process. An old and demanding skill that only very few manufacturers today possess. Indeed, I believe that is exactly the attraction for collectors and art-lovers – this special quality: the unique mixture of craft skills and joie de vivre! With our three collections: Art Objects, Studio Line and Outdoor Objects we hope to incorporate these elements into your daily life. These collections embody the same vibrant art concept as the Borowski masterpieces. They admirably fulfill their purpose as vase, fruit bowl or candle-holder, are displayed as much sought-after collectors’ items in all sorts of different locations, stand in gardens or on terraces, draw admiring glances in parks or on balconies, make people smile and linger. They embody our artists’ wealth of ideas and the craft skills of our glassmakers in equal measure. Each piece in the collection has been worked with great love and care an d meets the highest quality demands. With Art Objects, Studio Line and Outdoor Objects we can pass on our fascination for glass to you – and what distinguishes the work that our family does: Love, Passion and Perfection. We wish you great joy and pleasure on your journey through our collections. Wiktor Borowski Owner of Glasstudio Borowski GmbH

Holidays at the Gallery

Intention is everything, especially when buying holiday gifts for those you love most. This year, avoid the crowded malls and department store chaos. Slow down a little this season and allow Syd Entel Galleries to help you find a piece of art, glass or jewelry that will take their breath away. Fine Art and glass sculptures are beautiful choices to light up your holiday gifting. 

Our annual Holiday Open House features national and internationally recognized artists with a theme of a crystal holiday. See what sparkles and catches your eye, with an evening of fine art and holiday cheer on

Saturday, November 23rd | 6pm-8pm

 

 

Another relaxed shopping experience rolls around Friday, December 6th with the Safety Harbor Sip & Shop. Downtown merchants including the gallery will be open late from 5pm-9pm. Visit Syd Entel for the most exclusive gift ideas. 

Save the Date!

From a bag of sand pulled from the earth to a finished piece of handcrafted art, glassmaking runs deep in the Borowski family. Going back decades and across multiple generations, each member of the Borowski family dedicates themselves to honing their craft and perfecting the art of glassmaking with every piece they create.

Don't miss your chance to meet artist, Wiktor Borowski and enjoy an evening of fun and unique glasswork.

Meet the Artist: Thomas Arvid

Thomas Arvid possesses an unerring ability to refine a moment. In doing so he captures our wonder and has become an art world phenomenon. Art Business News (May 2003) credits him with "launching a major art trend . . ." with his oversized still life compositions of wine and the rituals surrounding it. Arvid astounds viewers with the intricate details of his images and with his mastery of light, depth, and reflection.

The magic of his painting is in Arvid's ability to visualize and chronicle an entire scene beyond the frame – to tell a story of enjoyment and the good life – using lush color and adroit composition. Arvid is passionate about art and wine: a collector of both, he strives to capture the pleasure of a life well-lived on each canvas. An Atlanta resident and fresh-faced father of two young sons, the self-taught artist insists that wine should be approachable; his paintings are an embodiment of the casual way that we enjoy wine today. He is an appealing role model for a lifestyle of easy elegance and unpretentious charm.

 

Arvid's approach to wine and painting is surprising, given his background as a Detroit native raised to parlay his inherent artistic talent into a secure job in the industrial complex. Instead, Arvid made the leap into pursuing his art as a career, and with the support of his art historian wife and inspiration garnered during a backpacking trip through Europe, he began painting full time.

Drawn to wine by his focus on the color red, Arvid knew he had discovered something when his paintings featuring red wine were being purchased before they were finished. Arvid is awed by the response to his work, "Wine is a great subject because people are familiar with it; they really connect to it. My paintings are really the landscapes between people sharing wine – it's amazing that my collectors find personal fulfillment in my work, especially when I'm just doing what I love."

The aura surrounding Arvid's work is palpable. His international appeal has created such demand that his work is represented by over 50 elite art galleries in the US, Canada, and Japan; collectors are willing to wait years for one of his originals. Influential wineries such as Silver Oak Cellars, Far Niente, and Diamond Creek Winery collect Arvids because he translates the craftsmanship of wine to canvas. Doug Shafer, of Shafer Family Vineyards, likens Arvid's skill to that of a winemaker, "Arvid's style is big and bold, with enough selected detail and softness to create a sense of balance . . . this blend of elements is precisely what winemakers hope to bring to their top vintages."

Today, Thomas Arvid and his wife, Vanessa, head Thomas Arvid Fine Art, Inc., one of the most successful boutique art publishing companies in the country. Founded in 2000, the company distributes Arvid's limited editions and originals across the country and the world. In 2004 they released a retrospective of Arvid's work, "Arvid: Redefining the Modern Still Life," that traces the development of Arvid's style from its beginnings a decade ago to the lifestyle it is today. The book is a fitting chronicle to illustrate one of Arvid's favorite phrases, "Life without art is like dinner without wine. Why bother?"

Show continues through November 16th

PLEASE, Touch the ART

Syd Entel Galleries &

Susan Benjamin Glass, etc.

Invite you to reach out and,

Please, Touch the Art!

It’s no secret that in the art gallery world we are often expected to view with our eyes only. Susan Benjamin invites you to take your hands out of your pockets and Touch the Art. This show is curated with the intention to engage your tactile curiosity. We invite you to get engaged with your surroundings and feel the art and beauty in the space. “Please, Touch the Art” features a collection of artists in all mediums:

ART, GLASS & JEWELRY.

 

 

Join us for a special MEET THE ARTIST event with Lonni Hopkins.
Friday, October 4th, 4pm-7pm

     Our featured jewelry artist, Lonni Hopkins is familiar with the importance of texture. Her beautiful handcrafted jewelry in Sterling silver is meticulously constructed.Each piece is a unique, one-of-a-kind artwork to be treasured.

     Lonni has lived a life of art: from lithography and photography in college, to quilting while raising her children, watercolor, sculpture, and many mediums in between.Her endeavor into Metals started circa 1996. Jewelry seemed a natural progression, pulling from past experiences and artistic expressions, culminating with the acute skill and careful craftsmanship that Metalsmithing demands. Her skills were honed with a variety of master teachers including, John Cogswell, Ronda Coryell, Fabrizio Acquafresca, Andy Cooperman, Betty Helen Longhi, Tom McCarthy. Lonni recently retired from teaching Metalsmithing and Jewelry at H.W. Blake High School for the Arts in Tampa.  The majority of her work is Sterling silver, sometimes including 18K Gold, and sometimes a body of work in Argentium silver. The newest body of work is called the “Abstract Rhythm Series” the works are sculptural and textural, using a process of fusing small components of metal that look like abstract paintings by Kandinsky. You’ll see in the new work hollow forms, and shell forms and domed pieces. Expect to see lots of new stones, layers, and coordinating pieces.

“How light dances across the surface of the metal is an important consideration in the designs. Stones provide a sense of color and contrast.” – Lonni Hopkins

Maya Eventov

Maya Eventov offers paintings that seem more like sculptures on canvas. Her use of the pallet knife allows her to build, shape and carve her subjects to life. She was born in 1964 in Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg, under the former Soviet Union. At a very young age her parents introduced her to the great artistic treasures of the city. She spent countless hours at the magnificent Hermitage Museum studying the works of great masters. The works of the Post-impressionists, and those of the Russian Avant-Garde especially fascinated Maya. The palette of Matisse, Gauguin and Renoir affected her interpretation of color, while Rodchenko, Lissitzki and Malevich influenced her sense of balance and composition.

After excelling in art as a child Maya was accepted at the prestigious High School #109 affiliated with the St. Petersburg State Academy of Industrial and Applied Art. She graduated in 1987 with a Masters degree in graphic art and began illustrating children’s books. She took parting creating murals for concert halls in Moscow, Leningrad, Erevan, and Komsomolsk-na-Amure.

Maya immigrated to Canada in 1990 where she now resides with her husband and two children. Her style has evolved during her life in Canada. She loves the rich, bold and bright colors of the Mediterranean and often portrays scenes from her travels in her paintings. Maya developed her unique technique of etching on oil after being inspired by Faberge Eggs that fascinated her as a child when she saw them in the museum.

 

Andrew Mavin of Axiom Glass lends his strong and experienced  aesthetic as our featured glass artists. His series of thorn vessels and bowls are breathtakingly solid with a delicate curvature, pushing the modern edge. The show also features his mixed media sculpture of glass and stone, which is engaging with its contrast of texture.

Born in 1977 near Detroit, Michigan, Andrew grew up curious with the freedom to explore the outdoors quickly becoming interested in the natural world around him. He displayed a passion for creativity and a clear talent to build. These innate skills developed in his high school metals and jewelry classes, earning him work at a custom jeweler. Soon earning him gold and silver scholastic awards on a national level for his art and designs.

This energy in combination with a scholarship propelled his schooling to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Here Andrew abandon the delicate format of jewelry for the larger scale study of sculpture. However, once exposed to the medium of glass there was no doubt it was the beginning of a life long relationship. “The material holds an excitement I can feel. I see endless possibilities in form, technique, and physical attraction waiting to be discovered.” The fire and soul of hot glass seduced Andrew at once.

Currently, Andrew is producing all of his original glass works to the highest quality and craftsmanship. His limited edition fine craft and fine art sculpture continue to evolve as his techniques flourish and his ideas expand. Installation and custom commission work are available and collected on a national and international level.

Additional artists will include: 

Rolland Poska, PT Tiersky, Fay Miller, Patty Roberts, So Young Park, Susan Gott and more.

Opening Reception
Meet the Artist: Lonni Hopkins
Friday, October 4th
4pm-7pm
RSVP to Meet the Artist Oct 4th
Show continues through October 26th.

 

Andrew Mavin of Axiom Glass lends his strong and experienced  aesthetic as our featured glass artists. His series of thorn vessels and bowls are breathtakingly solid with a delicate curvature, pushing the modern edge. The show also features his mixed media sculpture of glass and stone, which is engaging with its contrast of texture.

Born in 1977 near Detroit, Michigan, Andrew grew up curious with the freedom to explore the outdoors quickly becoming interested in the natural world around him. He displayed a passion for creativity and a clear talent to build. These innate skills developed in his high school metals and jewelry classes, earning him work at a custom jeweler. Soon earning him gold and silver scholastic awards on a national level for his art and designs.

This energy in combination with a scholarship propelled his schooling to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Here Andrew abandon the delicate format of jewelry for the larger scale study of sculpture. However, once exposed to the medium of glass there was no doubt it was the beginning of a life long relationship. “The material holds an excitement I can feel. I see endless possibilities in form, technique, and physical attraction waiting to be discovered.” The fire and soul of hot glass seduced Andrew at once.

Currently, Andrew is producing all of his original glass works to the highest quality and craftsmanship. His limited edition fine craft and fine art sculpture continue to evolve as his techniques flourish and his ideas expand. Installation and custom commission work are available and collected on a national and international level.

the cat behind the hat


Click Here to RSVP for "cat behind the hat" Opening Reception

 

About this Event

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. His artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture, which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate.

Syd Entel Galleries will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection at the 247 Main Street, September 14-September 29. Visitors may explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy” sculptures with names such as Carbonic Walrus, Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast, to name a few.

Additionally, Ted’s cat was never far from his artist thoughts. He drew himself as The Cat Behind the Hat, his cat was the protagonist in several of his Secret Art paintings and, as a fun aside, many of his early advertisements and cartoons had a “cat bystander” witnessing all the action. They hinted at his adventures across the world, his reclusive sensibility despite his fame, and his penchant for the childlike fantasy and humor, which infused nearly every facet of his life.

Despite the unprecedented demand during his lifetime, no limited edition artworks were ever conceived, authorized, or created until this historic project began in 1997, six years after Geisel’s death. That year, this exclusive project put into motion a series of artworks and exhibitions, which firmly established him as one of the most iconic artistic talents of the 20th century.

Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr. Seuss Estate.

In her preface to the popular coffee table book on this collection, The Cat Behind the Hat, Audrey Geisel (Ted Geisel’s widow) writes, “I’m gratified to carry out Ted’s wishes and have these works revealed to the world.” Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the unique artistic vision of Theodor Seuss Geisel!

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Art Makes a House a Home 2

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Join us for Art Makes a House a Home 2 at Syd Entel Galleries

August 17th through September 7th.

Choosing the right art can set a mood and spirit for your home. The gallery will be transformed into room vignettes featuring Syd Entel Galleries' fine art and glass inventory, accented with unique and innovative designs from local ASID designer Barbara Krai and owner of Frickin' Fab Furniture & Decor, Emily Frick.

Buy what you love and be inspired everyday.

"OPEN HOUSE" TRUNK SHOW

Hundreds of unique works of original art available to transform any room. 

Appointments & in home consultations available.

Tuesday - Friday 9:30AM-5:00PM & Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM

 

 

Join us for our lecture series START WITH ART.

Friday, August 23rd at 1pm.

Fine art as a focal piece in a room can transform any space into something transcending.

Join Susan Benjamin, Barbara Krai (ASID Interior Designer), and Emily Frick (Frickin’ Fab Furniture & Decor) as they discuss the importance of design and how to select art for any space. 

Susan Benjamin - owner/curator

 

Barbara Krai - ASID Interior Designer

Emily Frick - frickin' fab furniture & decor

SHOW CATALOG

Join us for our lecture series START WITH ART.

Friday, August 23rd at 1pm.

Fine art as a focal piece in a room can transform any space into something transcending.

Join Susan Benjamin, Barbara Krai (ASID Interior Designer), and Emily Frick (Frickin’ Fab Furniture & Decor) as they discuss the importance of design and how to select art for any space. 

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