The artists of Hirdie-Girdie Art Gallery -- at the corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Library Way -- has rolled out the welcome mat for another season.
The colorful, intimate gallery features the works of 15 artists in the following disciplines: oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, photography, fused glass, clay work, wood carving, wood turning, basket weaving, beaded sculptures and, new this season, pressed paper castings. In addition, the gallery offers jewelry created from various metals, beads and glass.
"We're excited about the new season," said island watercolorist and 7-year gallery member Neil Glaser. "We've got some great special events planned and we're looking forward to seeing our old friends and making new ones, too."
Glaser added the fact the gallery's a co-op ensures that there is always an artist on-hand to answer questions or help enrich a visitors experience. "Another thing that sets us apart from other art venues is that most of the pieces here are one-of-a-kind originals."
Proving that point is the newest Hirdie-Girdie artist, Ellen TerBorg Bianchi, whose unique art form is paper casting. Ellen screens and presses paper pulp into a thick sheet of paper, casts it onto a hand-detailed mold and, after it dries, paints and varnishes it. The results have to be seen. No two pieces of her work are exactly alike.
Hiridie-Girdie Art Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Read about the artists and check for special events at www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com.