On July 18, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 the Museum of Geometric and MADI, 3109 Carlisle, will hold an opening reception for From Slovenia, Florida and Dallas with Love: Beti Bricelj, Israel Guevara, Jeff Robinson. All three artists will be present for the opening.
On Sunday July 13, before the opening on the 18th, Beti Bricelj will treat us to a “sneak preview” and talk about her art at a 2:30 Arcadia Salon. Israel and Jeff will give talks at Arcadia Salons in September.
Venezuelan-born Miami artist Israel Guevara is known for his unique investigation of color through the use of bright colors and defined and overlapping lines. This allows viewers to experience constant interaction with his creations, resulting in ever changing colors, shapes dimensions and images. Israel began as an architect, but is now a full-time painter who has exhibited widely in Florida.
During a trip through Texas in the 1960’s, Jeff met a Ft. Worth potter who changed his life. Upon returning to Florida, Jeff abandoned his business major, and enrolled in ceramics at Florida Atlantic University, becoming an apprentice to his ceramic teacher, David Tell. In 1970 Jeff and a group of friends established an artists’ community they named “Good Earth Pottery” in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Artists in the group won numerous awards, but by 1976 Jeff and his friends had relocated Good Earth to a farm in Evening Shade Arkansas, where Jeff continued to work full time as a studio artist, exhibiting in galleries and fine art shows until 1981. Due to an injury sustained at the potter’s wheel, Jeff turned his creative energy to woodworking in the late 1980’s in San Diego, creating one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. After moving to Dallas in 2010, Jeff turned his attention to detailed inlay work, which has led to the immense sculptures he now makes from hundreds of thousands of individual hardwood pieces. Each sculpture takes between 300 and 600 hours to complete. Jeff will illustrate his methods in his Arcadia Salon talk.
Beti Bricelj was born in 1974 in Slovenia and graduated in Fine Arts from the College of Visual Arts in Ljubljana. Having written her thesis on Aboriginal Art, she was invited in the late 90’s by the Dept. of Aboriginal Affairs in Adelaide, South Australia to participate in research of the Aboriginal culture. Since 2002 she has been a member of the Union of Slovene Fine Arts Association, and now lives and works in Postojna. She has participated in numerous independent and joint exhibitions in Slovenia and other European countries.