Friday, February 11, 2011

Sweet Art Gallery Hits the Artistic Sweet Spot!

Sweet Art Gallery has been  my favorite multi-artist gallery in SW Florida for years.

It’s a refreshingly visual and often musical surprise each time I visit. Some of the new works of over 50 creative artists make me smile, others make me get closer to one or two for a second look at the detail. It’s not a gallery one can just breeze by, and “get it.”
 Then, every two weeks, everything changes, with new works and new artists. Sweet Art Gallery never gets old!

Sometimes it’ll be a pastel or an oil painting l that catches my eye, another time it's an unusual  photograph of a beach in a storm or an eye dazzling acrylic sculpture.
 Curator DeDe Sweet's artists see things in a fresh way.
On my latest visit, I have especially enjoyed the meditation with Tibetan style bowl conducted by Vivian with the Loving Kindness Prayer by Thich Nhat Hanh at the Prayer Shawl Installation and Paintings by Beth Schroeder.
Friend and Beth Schroeder Reciting Prayer
May I be happy, peaceful and light in body and spirit
May I be safe and free from injury
May I be free from anger, anxiety and fear

May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love
May I be free of craving and delusion
See their sources and grow in wisdom

May I touch the seeds of joy in myself everyday
May I be filled with loving kindness
May I be free of attachment and aversion but not be indifferent

Beth’s hand painted ethereal silk shawls with relaxing outdoor images are inspired by Tibetan devotional silk thangkas. Each shawl is handwritten with the words of the above meditative prayer, giving healing and relaxation.
I look forward to seeing  the vibrant men and women of painter Carole Siegel! At this latest exhibit, the blue and black painting of this colorful blue eyed woman garnered more second looks than nearly any other painting.
Two Paintings by Carole Siegel
I met Ruth Dwyer, who’s crafted one of the most beautiful “coffee table” sized books on….Naples artists! Each open two full pages of Artists in their Studios gives an insight into each talented artist’s work, with beautiful photographs by Crae Clements. Now I’ve a few more artists to look up and appreciate their art. This is well worth purchasing. Is your favorite artist not in the book? No problema, a second book is forthcoming.
Artists Ruth Dwyer and Cori Scheft
I bought a lovely painting at Sweet Art Gallery that makes my happy every time I go by. That’s what real art is about. It strikes a chord, resonates and enhances your world. That’s the gift of art.

Here's some other Sweet Art works ...
J C Clinton

Erica Rukin


Sharon Erbe
Lou Moore
 Check their website weekly, and stop by for an open gallery night, an artist’s soiree, or an event with light hors d’oeuvres. DeDe Sweet and Stacey Bolesky always have something to make you want to come back for more!
Stacey Bolesky  and DeDe Sweet

Sweet Art Gallery, 2054 Trade Center Way, Naples, 597-2110,

1 comment:

Frank Zweegers said...

Nice paiting. The "Mad" painting.