Some pictures from the opening of The Fine Art of Contemporary Craft at Watson MacRae Gallery, on the beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida. It was a night in the company of lovely work, and amazing artists, all nature entranced and correspondingly obsessive in detail.

And I met in person, for real, my friend from afar, the amazing ceramicist, Claire Prenton. Her pieces for the show are poetry, the porcelain elements all inspired by the shells she collected during her first visit and exhibit on the island. We found out that we’re like the oldest of friends, though we grew up on different continents. I think we both knew we would be. More of her intricately extraordinary, nature channelling work to be found here, on her website.

Works by Akiko Sugiyama, Cassie Ryalls, and Vicki Grant

Wall pieces by Akiko Sugiyama

And of course there was the pre-opening dance.

Claire caught Mom and I shaking our groove things.
Thank you, Maureen Watson, who makes it all happen, always, to perfection, and congratulations on the beautifully expanded new space, my gallery home away from home. Thank you Hollis Jeffcoat, who composes a room as if it were one of her own elegant paintings. It was a beautiful night.


  1. January 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm Alison

    Wow- the show looks like it was amazing, as does your work. Sanibel is beautiful and the weather has been so nice. Congratulations on your double openings!

  2. January 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm Amy

    Thank you Alison! It’s been a crazy time leading up to it, but much joy has followed. And yes, thirty degrees warmer this visit, worked a lot better!

  3. January 19, 2013 at 12:58 am Daydreamer

    It looks like it was a fun evening, Amy! Your works look Beautiful and are showing in good company! I’m glad to see you and your Mom Groovin’ Along!! It looks so warm down there… we are in the grips of a real Winter spell right now!
    Congratulations again for these shows…. your diligent focus and hard work has paid off!!!

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