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Theme of Singing Stone Gallery exhibit is all-American


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Artist Susan Goehring said she knew she had to do something patriotic for an art show opening July 4.

“A flag came to mind,” said Goehring, of Clearwater, who is one of 26 artists featured in Handmade in America, on display through Aug. 31 at Singing Stone Gallery. “I started thinking more about it and how to do it in layers.”

The result is a three-layer glass piece with each layer a color of the red, white and blue American flag.

It drew a lot of attention when the show opened on the afternoon of the holiday.

The show features works in clay, oils, bronze, silver, stained glass and other mediums. And while some artists are local, others are not.

Gallery owners Nataly and Don Balk started Singing Stone six years ago, showing custom-made jewelry in art shows. They opened the gallery and studio, where he creates pieces from raw materials, more than four years ago. Soon, they realized they had extra space where they could exhibit the works of others.

“We wanted to give back by helping others to participate in showing off their work,” Nataly Balk said.

The first Handmade in America show was two years ago during the Republican National Convention. They decided to repeat the theme this year, she said. They took applications from across the country with no charge to apply.

“We ended up with a great collection of emerging master artists in the show,” she said.

Lynn Rattray, of Carrollwood, has a colorful rooster on display done in acrylic paint on canvas. Called “The Senator,” it is part of a series.

“I was in Ybor one day and I kept having roosters come in front of me,” she said.

Dore’ Anderson, of Dade City, produced an ethereal bronze sculpture titled “Once Upon A Time.”

“I used actual feathers in it,” Anderson said. “I like to find objects and incorporate them in my work.”

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