Out of all the trade events I have attended over the years, our design gallery remains one of my favorite venues. Of course, I may be a bit biased, but I know that we have an exceptional space that any designer would fawn over. Going into the evening hours, the gallery seems to sparkle as just the right lighting highlights the array of artwork, antiques, and unique decorative items on display. This past Friday was no exception as art enthusiasts poured into the gallery to take part in our art reception featuring Linda Cafritz and exhibiting additional local artists. Linda’s paintings, comprised of acrylic and collage, masterfully combine vibrant colors that convey a sense of warmth while seemingly capturing her effervescent personality on canvas.
The atmosphere was undoubtedly festive as friendly faces carefully admired each art piece, enthusiastically chatted with fellow attendees, and gladly indulged in snacks and drinks provided by Bar Ro’d. Linda was well supported by friends, family, and gallery clientele who were eager to view her latest art collection. Buffy Cafritz, a beloved Washingtonian known for her charitable work and contribution to the arts, was also in attendance.
I enjoyed mingling with the other artists, displaying their artwork, as well. Mark Schwenk, a longtime friend of ours, had a strong showing of new metalwork sculptures. While I still can’t decide which is my favorite, his incorporation of rusty tools into three of his sculptures was quite clever. We were lucky to have his colleague Cheryl Langlais, an accomplished photographer, snap pictures of the event. Another Mark, Mark Willcher to be exact, got countless positive reactions to his latest sculptures featuring Buddha, an egg, and chicken feet. Did that description peak your interest? You HAVE to stop by to see them! Next up, Fabiano Amin, a Brazilian born artist, elicited many smiles with his lighthearted artwork that has a pop art feel. I especially enjoy his American flag series, which he began painting in celebration of his twenty-five years as an American. I also talked with Levent de Paris who has a gift for charming impressionist paintings. He informed me that he has been spending a lot of time painting local parks, so we should see more work from him soon!
There’s no doubt our art event was a success, but it leaves me longing for the next exhibition that will fill the gallery with a buzz of energy. With all the detail-oriented planning involved, it is probably best to take a momentary hiatus. For now, I will enjoy working in such a lovely environment day in and day out, and I know it is only a matter of time before we host our next BIG event.
Jessica Watts is an Associate with SR/A Interior Design. She holds an interior design degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has been honing her design skills for the past 10+ years. Before joining SR/A, she worked as a residential designer and also interned with acclaimed west coast designer, Timothy Corrigan.