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Female Ancestor

Sharp Edges: Snip/Stitch/BANG
Charlotte Mansur, Jane Dennis and
Leslie Stuart Matthews

An Exibition at the Florida Craft Art Gallery
St. Petersberg, Florida
January 13 - February 25, 2017
Opening Reception, Jan. 13, 5:30 - 8:30PM
Gallery talk, Jan. 13, 7:00PM
Meet the artists and 2nd Saturday Art Walk Jan. 14, 5 - 8:30PM

Florida CraftArt Gallery

Three Unique Visions in Metal: Curated by The Oiseaux Sisters
(Susan Andrews and Carolyn Fellman)

Charlotte Mansur: “I work as if the small tin pieces were brush strokes.
I start with an image, and through time spent alone in my studio, the idea behind the image makes itself clear. I liken it to a whisper that gradually turns into a shout, in my mind.”
Charlotte's pieces, "Ancestors’ Secrets" are pictured on both sides here.
Female Ancestor and Male Ancestor.
"Secrets are a part of every family lurking around like old portraits.
The older they are the deeper the sense of mystery for the living."

male ancestor
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Red Dress by Charlotte Mansur
All for thee by Mansur
Red Dress, 18” X 14”, by Charlotte Mansur
Dedicated to the woman in the red dress who was fire hosed
while walking through Gezi Park, Istanbul Turkey in 2013.

All for Thee
, 15 ¼” X 17 ½”, by Charlotte Mansur
For centuries Punch and Judy have been a source of entertainment for children and adults.
Our deep acceptance of violence against women continues today.
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Bushy a tin sculpture
Leslie Stuart Matthews: “I quilt cans. Soda cans, beer cans. I cut the metal with scissors and I sew the colors and patterns together with my sewing machine. You wouldn't believe what you can sew with an old machine. I love that sewing is like construction”.
Bushy 25" x 13"

Spark, 17" x 7"

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Jane Dennis:
“As a printmaker, I had inked metal plates, but flashing, bendable, easy to cut and full of nail holes, filled a gap in my mixed-media vocabulary.
In my mixed-media pieces, I like finding connections within a piece, between concepts, forms and materials.”

Seeking Shelter
Keeping Winter Soft
Seeking Shelter, 24 x 12 x 3 by Jane Dennis
Keeping Winter Soft 23" x 12", by Jane Dennis


The Oiseaux Sisters are two mixed-media artists whose work incorporates humor, movement and metaphor. The materials they use include paper, tin, clay, cloth, carved and painted wood, and found objects. They have created a series of figurative, often biographical or mythological figures/ cupboards which range from small to larger than life size as well as many other figurative pieces which tell stories. The Oiseaux Sisters have made and marketed one of a kind craft as well as exhibiting in many solo and group shows around the country.

They are currently curating this show at the Florida Craft Art Gallery, 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersberg, Florida.

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