Throughout Lynne’s life, she has studied and mastered numerous art medias including stained/fused glass, jewelry and stone metal smithing, pen and ink, oil colors and acrylic. Three of her books on design and instruction of stained and fused glass items were published and distributed throughout the US and Canada and internet. In Wisconsin, she was associated with different art galleries selling various mediums of her artwork. Her recent move to Florida inspired her to create ocean type art. Her continual search for unique art led her to develop Jelly Fish that are hand formed from acrylic using heat and manipulated into the shapes and assembled . The “Bug” is created with fused glass bodies, wrapped in lead came; legs, antenna and wings are formed out of wire that is soldered to the came. The glass stand alone items are created using many layers of glass fused
Shirley Hales - November 2017
Harbour View Gallery May Featured Artists Reception Tuesday, November 7th 6-8pm. Shirley Hales, Watercolor Artist and Bev Spana, Acrylic Painting.
Their work will be on display through November. The gallery is located at 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Suite 104. In the Shops at Cape Harbour, Cape Coral, FL.
Shirley Hales, Watercolor Artist
Shirley has worked as a professional artist for 15 years. She began her art career in the Washington, DC area before moving to Florida in 2005. Although proficient in numerous art mediums her medium of choice is watercolor. Shirley’s paintings capture her enjoyment of nature with her passion for artistic realism in a wide range of subjects.
Her favorites include landscapes, brilliant sunsets, nautical scenes and wildlife. Shirley’s award-winning work has been featured in major publications, in juried exhibits and is held in private and corporate collections around the world. She has produced watercolor illustrations for a world-wide public relations firm and readily accepts commissioned work for her clients.
Shirley is the Founder and past President of Harbour View Gallery located in Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, Florida.She recently retired from Harbour View Gallery and is considering new artistic endeavors. Her creation of the gallery and introduction of the first annual 2010 “Paint the Cape” plein air competition and exhibition resulted in her nomination for the Southwest Florida 2010 Angels of the Arts, Arts Organization Leader of the Year Award. In 2013 she was one of seven Cape Coral artists selected for the Alliance of the Arts Annual Art Studio Tour.
Bev Spana - November 2017
Beverly Spana, Glass Painting
Beverly Spana Funktional Art began in 1997 with her first experience in glass painting. Finding her inspiration for that turned her to furniture painting, floor cloth painting, some jewelry making, and glass fusing.
Here, at Harbour View Gallery, she is featuring glass painting. With emphasis on the glass painting, each piece is painted by her. French porcelain paints created specifically for glass and porcelain are used in the process. After the painted glass cures it requires a low temperature firing for permanence and durability to hold up to every day use. Because of this process the items can be placed in the dishwasher. The more delicate glass should be hand washed in order to avoid breakage.
Bev is originally from Massillon Ohio and was transplanted to Nokomis Florida in 1966 with her family. She’s been a resident of Cape Coral since 1978.
Her family and friends and pets are her greatest assets/loves. They inspire her in all that she does.
Francine Gerson - October 2017
Francine Gerson has tried to allow her world travels to stimulate her glass pieces. She visualizes how a finished piece will look with the light from the front and from behind. She starts by placing pieces of iridescent or colored glass on a base backing. Then she adds glass from the same color family or contrasting glass. Francine then rotates her creation throughout the process so she can see it from different directions. Then she fires her piece once or twice in the kiln to get the desired effect and shape.
Francine’s art training started early at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Art Institute. She started her stained glass training at the Standing Rock Studios in Kent, OH. After moving to Florida in 2005, Francine took classes in fused glass at the Center of the Arts of Bonita Springs. She found this medium of working with glass to be what she was looking for. She continued training in Bonita and the Cape Coral Art Studio before she ventured out on her own.
Francine’s commissions include creating the League of Environmental Education Vision Award presented to Clyde Butcher and the annual Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine Awards for outstanding achievement.
Harbour View Gallery October Featured Artists Reception
Tuesday, October 3rd 6-8pm.
Judi Fuchs - October 2017
Judi Fuchs hails from New York and is a graduate of the School of Visual arts with a degree in cartooning. She began her career in photography at Norcross Greeting Cards and while teaching special education, continued to pursue photography as a hobby. Digital photography has allowed her to further develop her passion for creating images of natural settings, animal life, and flowers. She has lived in Bonita Springs over the past 18 years, providing ample opportunity for her to capture the textures and colors of Southwest Florida with her unique eye.
Her intent is to express the wonders and beauty of nature that exist in the local environment. she is fascinated with the textures and colors that surround us. She tries to enhance her photographs with different techniques by using her computer to capture different visual effects. She hopes to continue to grow her talents so that she can best create appreciation of the world around us.
Harbour View Gallery October Featured Artists Reception
Tuesday, October 3rd 6-8pm.
Sally Schmett - September 2017
Sally Schmett, Pastel Artist
This year, Sally Schmett with her husband Fred became permanent residents of Cape Coral, Florida. Until then Indiana had always been their home.
Although Sally’s life was spent solely there, it was an adventure of extremes- from the north and the shores of Lake Michigan to the furthest southern hills in the “boot” of Indiana. This environment always offered thought-provoking subjects for her art: steel mills, landscapes, waterscapes, and people.
Everything Sally sees, feels and experiences influences her artwork to become the threads woven into her art. Often Sally has her camera in hand--trying to capture life as it happens. To the best of her ability she recreates these images with chalk pastels.
This versatile medium can look classical or modern depending on the texture and depth applied to her pictures.
By working primarily in pastels, she finds the variety of hues necessary for painting life's vibrant colors--especially Florida flora and fauna.
Sally Schmett’s paintings are often on panel. In combining wood and pastel another dimension of texture is added.
Through experimentation with the type of wood panel there can be a change in depth and realism. It is her goal that through her art she mirrors the simple beauty of life around us.
Sally Schmett has both a BS and MS in Education from Indiana University.
Her works have been selected for many juried art shows. The pastel artwork “Sweet Jenny” (steel mill), hangs in the Youngstown Historical Museum.
Harbour View Gallery September Featured Artists Reception
Tuesday, September 5th 6-8pm.
Marc Geldon - September 2017
Marc Geldon, Ceramic Artist
40 years ago, Marc began his passion with pottery. While finishing his undergraduate degrees in advertising at the U of FL, he took courses in ceramics, eventually obtaining Masters both in Ceramics and Fine Arts at Northern Illinois University.
No matter where Marc settled, he always maintained a ceramic studio. He taught at Universities, sold at art shows and various galleries around the country. Marc has won awards at the Peachtree Art Festival in Atlanta and Coconut Point in Miami. Marc owned and operated his own gallery in Atlanta called “Somewhere in Time.”
15 years ago, Marc moved to SW FL and became an avid fisherman, spending time on the waters of Sanibel and Captiva Islands. A fascination with marine life, coral reefs, the ocean and sunsets emerged. His style changed to incorporate these loves into his pieces. He developed his signature “rainbow glaze” that would mirror swirling ocean and beautiful sunsets. He combined this with his wheel thrown pottery and incorporated figures of marine life into his pieces. He also wanted something functional, so all his glazes are lead free and safe for any type of use. All his works are one of a kind and hand signed on the bottom of the piece.