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Sue Gurland’s Paintings Explore Our Connections To “Wild Things” At Sugar Sand Park Community Center Sept. 10 To Oct. 6. Opening Reception Is Sunday, September 12

“Wild Things” is an apt title for Sue Gurland’s art exhibit at Sugar Sand Park Community Center in Boca Raton, FL. The colorful whimsical animal paintings are sure to please viewers of all ages. The exhibit opens September 10 and runs through October 6, 2021.  The public is invited to the Opening Reception Sunday, September 12 from 2-4. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. The paintings can also be previewed at suelynnart.com where they are available as prints, mugs, t-shirts and more.

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Sand Park Community Center

300 South Military Trail    Boca Raton, FL 33486

 

 

 

 

 

“Black Panther Dreaming of Peace” by Sue Gurland

 

 

 

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ART     EXHIBIT     by    SUE    GURLAND

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY,  SEPTEMBER  12, 2021  

2 – 4 PM  

Children Welcome

 

 

 

Hours:  

Monday – Friday 8 am – 10 pm          Saturday 8 am – 5 pm  

 Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

 

 

 

“Tessie the Dragon” by Sue Gurland

 

Sue Gurland grew up in Woodstock, NY surrounded by artists and nature.  Before retiring to Boca Raton in 2005, Gurland was a high school French teacher, tai chi teacher, and acupuncturist.  In recent years, she has studied the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah and created the workshop “Moving through the Tree of Life: Where Tai Chi meets Kabbalah” at www.movingthroughthetreeoflife.com.  

Gurland’s childhood influences and her lifelong spiritual journey came together when she enrolled in Intuitive Painting: Painting from the Heart taught by Carla Golembe at Old School Square in Delray Beach, FL.  

 

 

“Tree Of Life” by Sue Gurland

 

 

Trusting the Process

 

Gurland tells The Rickie Report, “Carla not only taught me the basics of painting. More importantly, she encouraged my creativity and intuition. My inner hidden child found its path to outer expression.”  Intuitive painting begins with making random marks on a blank canvas. The subject, colors and composition are yet unknown to the artist. “I have no idea what each painting will be about,” said Gurland. “I just trust that the process will guide my heart, hand and brush.”  As Gurland readily acknowledges, it is unsettling to paint without knowing what she is painting. But at some point, she has an “Aha!” moment and sees the rough outline of an animal waiting to emerge.  She then paints over distracting marks, adds definition and applies layers of paint to create texture. Gurland particularly works on each animal’s eyes to animate its spirit.

 

 

Inspired by Maurice Sendak 

 

When asked, Gurland relates that this exhibit’s title, “Wild Things,” is in homage to Maurice Sendak. His book of the same name encouraged children to express their emotions through animal fantasies. Gurland’s paintings, like the book, appeal to the young and the young-at-heart. 

 

 

 

“Blue Leopard” by Sue Gurland

 

 

“We Are One”

 

 

After she finishes a painting, Gurland often discovers a spiritual connection to the image that she wasn’t aware of in the process of creating it. “My hope,” said Gurland, “is that viewers will also feel the interconnection of all living things… We are one.”  

  The paintings are on sale at the exhibit and are also available as prints, mugs, t-shirts, masks, mugs and more at suelynnart.com

For more information, email:  suegboca@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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