Art for Your Home

Robb & Stucky’s Art of Sani­bel ex­hibit and sem­i­nar spot­lighted works by lo­cal artists

RSWLiving - - Contents - BY KATIE BABKA

This past June, artists came from beau­ti­ful Sani­bel Is­land to Robb & Stucky’s Fort My­ers show­room to dis­play and sell their art. It was a star-stud­ded event, with the stars be­ing the works of art sprin­kled through­out the show­room. Floridain­spired paint­ings, sculp­tures, beaded jewelry and other hand­crafted pieces cre­ated a trop­i­cal am­bi­ence at the lux­ury home fur­nish­ings re­tailer’s show­room.

Christina Wy­att, who works in acrylic and char­coal, was one of many par­tic­i­pat­ing artists. Her pieces spoke to the female form and ex­plored a depth of fem­i­nin­ity through grace. A Florida na­tive, Wy­att grew up in Mi­ami where she lived

un­til mov­ing to Maine to pur­sue a de­gree in fine arts from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Af­ter com­plet­ing school, Wy­att spent time in Vir­ginia be­fore mak­ing her way back to Florida, where she now lives and works full time on her art. De­scrib­ing her paint­ings as her “po­etry,” Wy­att ex­plained that her work is in­spired by “grace found in the nat­u­ral world and by the rev­er­ence in­her­ent in the sanc­tu­ary of peace.” This feel­ing un­ques­tion­ably comes across when view­ing her paint­ings.

An­other gifted artist featured in the show was Me­gan Kissinger, who using acrylic and char­coal cre­ates scenic Florida paint­ings. She has dubbed them “Art of the South­ern Wild.” Among Kissinger’s

dis­play was a paint­ing par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing be­cause of the artist’s us­age of old yard­stick rem­nants on the can­vas. Giv­ing cus­tomers com­pli­men­tary yard­sticks has been a long­stand­ing tra­di­tion at Robb & Stucky. With so many of the mea­sur­ing tools ly­ing around her home—many left by the pre­vi­ous owner—Kissinger was able to in­cor­po­rate them into her art.

Myra Roberts, an acrylic artist who es­sen­tially cap­tures the essence of va­ca­tion bliss in her work, also had a dis­play at the Art of Sani­bel ex­hibit. Her spe­cialty is paint­ing women in trop­i­cal set­tings. Ladies dressed in vin­tage bathing suits are por­trayed en­joy­ing the beach’s sand-and-surf scenery. The con­cept was in­spired by her mother’s vast col­lec­tion of bathing out­fits from the 1940s and later eras. In some of Roberts’ newer works, known as her “Black Suit” se­ries, she uses brighter col­ors and the sil­hou­ettes of the suits. The artist ad­mits that she was par­tially in­spired by the works of Andy Warhol.

An­other note­wor­thy artist, JoAnne Be­di­ent pre­sented her col­lec­tion of “rapid fire” ce­ramic fig­urines. She

has been cre­at­ing her “explosive” art for about 30 years. The term “explosive” is fit­ting be­cause in her work she uses a process known as “rapid fire,” where the pieces quite lit­er­ally ig­nite, cre­at­ing an in­ter­est­ing ef­fect on the fin­ish.

Among the speak­ers at the sem­i­nar was Robb & Stucky in­te­rior de­signer Kim­berly Kreller. She spoke about in­cor­po­rat­ing art into your home, elab­o­rat­ing on the dif­fer­ent eras and themes of art, and of­fer­ing tips on how to dis­play each piece prop­erly. Al­though art can be part of vir­tu­ally any liv­ing space, Kreller stressed the im­por­tance of mat­ting and fram­ing your art. She en­cour­aged home­own­ers to dili­gently re­search their op­tions to get it just right.

As for the va­ri­ety of art on dis­play, Kreller said, “In my opin­ion, each of the artists that joined us was fan­tas­tic. As an artist my­self, I love to see the ex­pres­sion of each artist, whether it is through pho­tog­ra­phy, paint­ing or any form of sculp­ture. Each piece dis­played was as unique as the artist that cre­ated it.”

Be­sides learn­ing about, view­ing and buy­ing art, guests en­joyed tasty bites— poké tuna bowls with Asian slaw and mahi-mahi tacos—from the lo­cal food truck Rollin’ Raw Bar.

TheDancer by Christina Wy­att was among the art­work pre­sented at the Art of Sani­bel ex­hibit.

Robb & Stucky in­te­rior de­signer Kim­berly Kreller spoke at the event.

The Fort My­ers show­room

Wa­ter­color artist Shah Had­jebi (above) and acrylic artist Myra Roberts (be­low) were among the lo­cal artists who pre­sented their works.

From above left: Myra Roberts’ Shell Sis­ters art­work de­picts women do­ing the Sani­bel stoop as they search for seashells; Rollin’ Raw Bar food truck pro­vided seafood de­lights; JoAnne Be­di­ent pre­sented her “rapid fire” ce­ramic sculp­tures.

From left: Kim­berly Kreller dis­cussed the im­por­tance of proper mat­ting and fram­ing; Su­san Sadler, known for her play­ful art and use of color, dis­played her paint­ings.

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