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Watercolors, pottery to be exhibited at FMU, Nov. 3-19

Watercolors and mixed media works by Kees Salentijin, and pottery by Sasha and Tari Federer, will be exhibited as part of Francis Marion University's Art Gallery Series, Nov. 3-19.

The displays are open to the public, free of charge, and may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Hyman Fine Arts Center galleries.

Salentijin's exhibit is titled "Between Abstraction and Figuration." Born in Amsterdam in 1947, Salentijin's work is characterized by a duality between figuration and abstraction. He has been a forceful presence in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and other European countries for decades. Strongly influenced by Spanish painters such as Saura and Millares, Salentijin’s style is evocative of spontaneous creation without aesthetic premeditation.

Selections from Salentijin's sketches and notebooks were published as a book earlier this year. Salentijin has developed a personal style that combines expressionist, painterly, vigorous strokes with smaller but equally expressionist marks that are quick and slightly nervous, but sure and on-target.

The Federers' exhibit is titled "Shapes from Within."

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia Republic, Sasha has lived in the U.S. for half of his life, and in Florence for nine years – as a clinical psychiatrist by profession, and as a potter by passion. He studied pottery in Washington and Wisconsin, worked three years as a professional potter in New Hampshire, and served as artist-in-residence with the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Working in clay represents, for me, a timeless desire to combine objects of use with beauty, by creating the unique from the ordinary, and to experience beauty in everyday moments," said Sasha.

Spending much of her life in the Southwest, Tari studied as an art major at Ventura College and the University of California at Santa Barbara. A few years ago, she closed her studio in North Carolina and moved to Florence to marry and join forces with Sasha. Their joining has resulted in a creative collaboration in their quest to create in clay at their studio, Feather Pottery.

"Working with clay represents the interconnectedness with the forces of nature that surround and inspire us, along with the shapes that evolve from deep within. My mission is to combine these shapes and forces into art form and functionality," said Tari.

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Last Published: October 26, 2004 10:39 AM
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