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Opening art reception Friday to showcase female sculptors from Central Florida

RELEASE DATE: March 9, 2006

TAVARES — This month’s Art in the Square exhibit at Tavares City Hall, 201 E. Main St., will open Friday, March 10, with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit will showcase 11 members of the Florida committee of the National Museum of Women in the Art, Central and Central East Region. Several hundred artists and patrons belong to this group, and some of the artists are internationally recognized with their works being collected and displayed worldwide.

For more information about this art exhibit that will last the entire month or the reception March 10, call Tammey Rogers at (352) 742-6338. Some of the artists that will have sculptures on display include:

Sandra Storm — An internationally recognized sculptor, painter and arts instructor, Storm has more than 20 years of sculpting experience. She was commissioned to do major monumental sculptures including a World War II Memorial, the “Bataan-Corregidor Memorial,” the “Harry T. Moore Civil Rights Memorial” and two major Air Force commissions with more than 40 Air Force sculptures completed to date. Also, Storm is currently working on the “Apollo Memorial” for the U.S. Space Walk of Fame near Kennedy Space Center in Titusville. The centerpiece is President Kennedy at the podium, which illustrates his speech about going to the moon.

Mindy Colton — Although this bronze sculptor chose graphic design and illustration for her professional art career, her passion lies in sculpture. She has participated in innumerable juried exhibitions and gallery showings and soon will be participating in Epcot Center’s International Flower & Garden Festival Invitational Sculpture Exhibit. She won the 2001 Mount Dora Arts & Crafts Festival poster contest, was one of three artists who created the last “Lizart Lizard” sponsored by Red Lobster for the City of Orlando Public Arts program, and she was commissioned to create the poster for the 2002 27th Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival.

Cheryl Bogdanowitsch — This mixed-media sculptor has been an artist for the past 25 years and has participated in both group and solo shows. Currently, some of her work is part of the Thresholds-Expressions of Art and Spiritual exhibit which is traveling through the Southeast.

Sandra Sellers — Sellers has intermittently studied art for more than 42 years during which time she attended the Ringling School of Art and Design, Loch Haven Art Center, Crealde Art Center and Valencia Community College. Her unique designs are created from red clay that is embellished with glass, other pieces of clay and found objects.

Yolanda VanKoughnet — VanKoughnet creates one-of-a-kind dolls that portray realism with a special emphasis on facial expressions. Her dolls include subjects that celebrate cultural diversity and run the spectrum from young to old. Her dolls are displayed in galleries and gift shops in Florida, New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, Illinois, Israel and Russia.

Laurie Wack — Wack pursued her formal arts education, graduating cum laude, at the City University of New York. Along with her sculptural work, she also paints and designs jewelry.

Julie Kessler — Kessler has enjoyed drawing and painting portraits of friends and family since she was a child. She began working in clay 11 years ago and her work has continuously evolved. Her whimsical mosaic portraits and masks embrace various colors, textures and sculptural dimension.

Ginger Roberts — Roberts creates fine art dolls that lean toward “realistic fantasy.” Myths, legends and fairytales from around the world inspire her work. Although formally trained in the medical profession, Roberts has been sculpting for 11 years and has developed a unique artistic style.

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