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Saturday, December 04, 2010

CITY Gallery pays tribute to the late Wally Szyndler.

  Photo Courtesy CITY Gallery
CITY Gallery announces a show of gourd sculptured by the late local artist Wally Szyndler.

The exhibition will be on display from November 30, 2010 through January 1, 2011 with an opening reception Saturday, December 4 from 6-9 pm.

Szyndler became interested in gourd art after finding a book on gourds in a local bookstore. Mostly self-taught, Szyndler learned much of his craft from books but also travelled the country to take workshops.  Early on, he often went on scouting trips to find "diamonds in the rough” at a farmer’s market near Annapolis, MD. In Szyndler's words "my many years of living and working in other countries sparked an enthusiasm for the use of masks in other cultures, especially those of Africa, India and the indigenous peoples of the Americas.  Gourds appealed to me because they are a gift from nature just waiting to be carved and chiseled into a beautiful mask.  It is interesting that from the inception of an idea to the creation of the final product is often very different from what I have visualized, often in my dreams."  

Wally Szyndler passed away on July 10, 2010.  This retrospective offers the community at large an opportunity to celebrate his life and his passion.

All proceed from this show will go to to Art Enables, a studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental and/or mental disabilities.

City Gallery, 804 H ST NE second floor, Washington, DC 20002. 
Gallery hours are  Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm.

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