Two Artists Exhibit Fused Glass & Paintings at MCC Venice

(Venice, Fla., Sept. 6, 2005) - An exhibit of works by fused glass artist Liana Martin and painter Ed Williams will open with a reception from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Manatee Community College (MCC) Venice Fine Art Gallery, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Martin expresses her passion for nature and wildlife in unique fused glass works created with torch and kiln. Founder of  the Suncoast Glass Guild (for glass artists on the Gulf Coast), she has a Firebug Designs studio in Venice and her works appear in jewelry and gift shops in the U.S. and Germany.

Williams, born and raised on an Oklahoma ranch, feels an affinity with the American Indian. A retiree from Sun Company, he previously worked in and traveled to Pennsylvania, Texas and New Mexico and his first paintings were inspired by the pueblos of New Mexico. Currently, his focus is on Florida's Miccosukee Indians and their traditions.

The exhibit, located in the library foyer, continues through Oct. 8. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call (941) 408-1476.

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