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New exhibit opens Friday at Urbanna Harbor Gallery

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On left, Kevin Collins holds his all hand-formed porcelain oyster pedestal vase. On right, Susannah Raine-Haddad stands in front of her mixed media painting of a fuchsia giraffe Na while holding one of Collins’ porcelain flowers. Their exhibit opens Friday, March 21, at Urbanna Harbor Gallery in Urbanna.

Urbanna Harbor Gallery is pleased to present its spring exhibit of original art. Titled “Animal, Vegetable . . . or Mineral,” it will run March 21 through mid-May. Honoring its tradition of presenting established and emerging professional artists, the gallery is introducing two well-established artists from the Richmond area to Rivah Country. The work spans from playful delight to serious and meticulous beauty.

Susannah Raine-Haddad’s work was first seen by the gallery owners when several of her prints were brought in for framing. They later found some of her prints in the gift shop at the Library of Virginia. Enchanted, they found the artist and asked if she ever exhibited and sold her original art. Subject matter and media may change according to her whims, but, she loves to work in mixed media, combining painting in layers along with paper cut-outs, ribbons, nostalgic ephemera, or other applicable items of personal interest to her. The result is generally a fresh and unexpected presentation of animals, people, or other foci that may touch something deeply personal in you, or simply make you smile. Several boutiques carry her prints in the Richmond and Charlottesville areas, but Urbanna Harbor Gallery will be offering several of her originals for sale.

Kevin Collins began producing art at age 12 when he was introduced to ceramics class. A great starting place, he never stopped learning and experimenting in multiple artistic media. Best known for his life-like porcelain flowers, he works in several clay-based art forms, creating items of both beauty and function. All hand-formed, he meticulously paints, signs, and dates each piece. His painting skills also extend into painting wildlife. His exhibit at Urbanna Harbor Gallery will focus more on his ceramic and mosaic creations. His work has been featured in several galleries in areas including Washington, D.C., and Tiffany’s in New York City.

Urbanna Harbor Gallery is at 202 Virginia Street in Urbanna, and is open every day except Mondays. The art gallery and custom framery share the front room, adjoining a moderately large antique mall in the back.

posted 03.19.2014

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