Friday, August 21, 2009

Weekend arts picks: Aug. 21-23

The Boys With the Big Beaks Play All Night, by Suzette Urs.

Art: You’d never know that it is still summer, as the local art community appears to be in full swing from Northwood in West Palm Beach to downtown Lake Worth and on south to Boynton Beach.

This photomontage by Sue Stevens
is offered in an edition of five.


At the EG2 Northwood gallery, three “under 30” artists -- Carolyn Sickles, Ryan Toth, and Sue Stevens -- are presenting Paper Piracy, a thought-provoking contemporary exhibition that deals with the practice of appropriation. "The title acts as a pun: Piracy is considered theft, and the works are our personal interpretations of what we are constantly fighting to not lose,” said Sickles, a Florida Atlantic University BFA graduate and current master-level student at Manhattan’s Bank Street. The Paper Piracy exhibition is free of charge; the opening reception is today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gallery, which is located at 408 Northwood Ave. in West Palm Beach; hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call Glen Barefoot at (561) 315-5947.

A cloisonné pendant by Gael and Howard Silverblatt.

In Lake Worth, the Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Cooperative Gallery of more than 20 artists is featuring Susan Bordas, Sheri Goldstein, and Gael and Howard Silverblatt at their opening today from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a wine-and-cheese reception sponsored by wine broker and artist Barbara Eden and building owners Jay and Cathy Bernhardt. Bordas works in clay to create realistic and imaginative sculptures. Goldstein, a glass artist, uses brightly colored dichroic glass to make pieces into abstract shapes with rich textures. The Silverblatts are well known for their narrative cloisonné images fashioned into jewelry and miniature objects. The gallery is located at 605 Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth. For more information, call (561) 588-8344.

Further south in Boynton, the Urs Art Studio Gallery is presenting nine artists: Rick BeauLieu, George Cheskes, Mike Hazzard, Jean Hutchison, Portland Jastram, Vera Rekstad, Naomie St. Amand, and Lorrie Turner, along with gallery owner Suzette Urs. Works include steel sculptures, glass bead art, works on paper and canvas, and photography. The Urs Art Studio Gallery is at 802 N. Federal Highway in Boynton Beach. Today's reception lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call (561) 734-6926. -- K. Deits

A scene from Philipp Stolzl's production of Benvenuto Cellini.

Music: On Saturday, the Lake Worth Playhouse presents another in the Emerging Cinema series of opera performances, and this one is not only a rarity but a production that's already become legendary for its sheer invention. It's Hector Berlioz' Benvenuto Cellini, first performed in 1838 and based on the memoirs of Cellini, the 16th-century Florentine goldsmith and sculptor. The production is the 2007 Philipp Stolzl version at that year's Salzburg Festival, starring Maija Kovalevska and Burkhard Fritz. Just a glimpse of the trailer gives you an idea what you're in for, but this also is a unique chance to see and hear a fascinating opera that Berlioz, who had so little luck with his stage works, said later in life "contains an energy and exuberance, and a brilliance of color such as I may perhaps never find again, and which deserved a better fate." It screens at 12:30 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $18. Call 586-6410 for more information. -- G. Stepanich

Meanwhile, the St. Paul's series of monthly Sunday concerts continues right through the hot months with a detour into jazz. Singers Adriana Samargia and Anita Smith join Larry Mellone and the St. Paul's Jazz Ensemble for an afternoon of standards. 4 p.m. Sunday at the church on Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach. Tickets: $15-$18. Call 278-6003 for more information. -- G. Stepanich

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