Saturday, March 3, 2012

Judith Copeland at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery

Judith Copeland: Wood Sculptress 

Exhibit runs: May  1, 2012 - May 27, 2012
Opening: May 4th, 5:30 to 8:00pm


The Fifth Avenue Gallery is pleased to present the brilliant wood sculptures of Judith Copeland.  Judith has been carving wood with a mallet and chisel since 1967. " Twenty years living in Brevard has introduced me to the pleasures of orange, grapefruit, avocado, seagrape  and carrot woods, just to mention a few."

This show is a combination of her Shell Shapes and  Figurative work, an offering to the viewer of how Judith sees her world.  She discovered that she  had the strange talent of taking away material  to reveal a form. Judith mainly carves by hand, but in the last few years she has incorporated an electric chisel.  " I like the fact that I am taking a once living thing and giving it new life."

Judith states that in the past decade she has witnessed the passing of many friends and  family members. "In several of my figurative sculptures I have tried to pour out my heart through symbolism. 'Woman from the Sea' is a tribute to my younger sister who died from breast cancer. 'Final Serenity', 'Trinity' and 'The Three Graces' are all personal glimpses, that hopefully are not too personal to be appreciated  for their beauty alone."

The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery was established in 1975. It is artist owned and operated. The gallery is located in EGAD, the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, across the street from the Foosaner Museum of Art. The Gallery telephone # is 321-259-8261. Visit them on line: www.fifthavenueartgallery.com and on Facebook.

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