Palate Teaser

   Season might be waning, but the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth refuses to slow down. It recently unveiled two new exhibitions that spotlight two very different forms of artistic expression: sculpture and photography.

Innocent Man, Jeff Whyman

   “Sculpture Selections from the Studio,” on display to May 2, is a vibrant, three-dimensional show featuring art from three Palm Beach County artists. The works vary in size and subject, but all were created using organic materials, including bronze, aluminum, marble and steel.

   Best of all, the exhibition presents a style to fit every taste. Alexander Krivosheiw’s abstract interpretations of the female form dazzle when realized in hand-forged bronze. Jeff Whyman’s heartfelt pieces have a deep folk-art influence, though none of these artists could be categorized as folk, having each exhibited extensively. Whyman layers levels of color to his steel sculptures, imbuing each with a touching sense of animation. My personal favorites come from G.E. Olsen, who created a series of bear sculptures forged from marble; you’ll fall for his charming Curious Bear, who peeks over his display stand as if searching for salmon below.

   You can get to know the artists themselves at two lecture events. Jeff Whyman discusses sculpting in steel on Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m., and Alexander Krivosheiw tackles bronze and aluminum works on Tuesday, April 14 at 3 p.m. The lectures are free for members and $10 for non-members, and a reservation is required.

   In addition to “Sculpture Selections,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of Barry Seidman is on display to April 18. Unlike the artists included in “Sculpture Selections,” Seidman works in the two-dimensional medium of photography, but from a very painterly perspective. A lauded advertising still-life photographer and current Palm Beach Gardens resident, Seidman turned his attention to farmer’s markets to discover his latest muses. His series “Feast for the Eyes” focuses on fruits and vegetables and their innate likeness to the human form. Seidman personifies his subjects by manipulating their positions and presenting them against traditional portraiture backdrops, thereby highlighting their human qualities in multiple ways. Sometimes funny, sometimes stoic, always impressive, Seidman’s work brings a new meaning to the term ‘food porn.’ As with “Sculpture Selections,” Seidman will host an artist talk at the Cultural Council on April 4 from 3 to 4 p.m.

   The Cultural Council’s galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the exhibitions are free to the public. If you attend, share your pictures and thoughts on social media, with #SculptureCulture for “Sculpture Selections” and #PalatePalette for “Feast for the Eyes.”

Brown Eggplant, Barry Seidman


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