Creating a ‘sensory’ experience

Featuring the artwork of New York City artist CARLA E. REYES,
Miami artist KATIUSKA GONZALEZ and
Fort Lauderdale artist LENA LUCKEY

to be exhibited at
OPENING RECEPTION, OCTOBER 13, 2007, 7:00-10:00PM. All artists will be in attendance.

September 18, 2007, Ft. LauderdaleScratching the Surface, an exhibition of over 40 new works by 3 female artists will be on view at Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance from October 11 through November 3, 2007. Ranging in size from 5″ x 7″ to 5′ x 5′, the entire exhibition of mixed media work is primarily on canvas, some work constructed on cork, stone or wood panels. Although each artist explores different concepts and themes, they all share the expression of their ideas through the creation of highly textural and complex surfaces. The artists also choose unique and unconventional materials to create intricately sculptural surfaces, taking two-dimensional works into the realm of three dimensions, from the purely visual to the tangible and sensual. Materials as diverse as gauze, sand, rocks, gravel, dirt, furniture paste, glue, Popsicle sticks and toothpicks are incorporated within their paintings, creating a visceral, and sensory experience during art making, and for viewers. By combining natural materials into (wo)man-made works, using canvases with earthy palettes and touchable surfaces, these works evoke a deeper nature. Though preconceived in the artists’ imaginations, the works appear organic and uncontrived. Each artist is presenting an individual series of works; while all using nature, in motif and substance, to unearth deep, spiritual, and collective feelings from within.

Artist Carla E. Reyes talks about her work and also accurately describes the common theme of the Scratching the Surface exhibition, “My work is about the basic need to create and using the senses we are given to mirror and interpret the world around us and express our unconscious- to leave something tangible behind to know we are real and that what we experience has substance and a context. The natural elements are used as a way to physically connect with our purest origin- which is nature. Sometimes being reconnected with nature- however contrived or limited can bring us back to who we really are in a primal way. The textures allow for a more sensual experience for the artist and the viewer- encouraging the use of all the senses through feel, touch, depth, as well as visual absorption. We only know we exist through our sensory experiences.”

Leche-Vitrines Art Alliance is located at 3038 North Federal Highway, Times Square Design Plaza, Building F, 2nd floor, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33306 (Southeast corner of Federal Highway (US 1) and Oakland Park Blvd). Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Sunday and evening hours are available by appointment. For more information on an individual artist or artwork images, please contact gallery owner and director Danielle Lanteigne at T: 954.563.2993/ F: 954.563.5658/ email:

The exhibition is on display from October 11 through November 3, 2007. The opening reception is October 13, 7-10pm. All artists will be in attendance. All events are free and open to the public.

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