For Immediate Release:
April 12, 2019
il Fiore, The flowers of Italy: nature, imagery, and symbolism
new paintings by Sandra Iafrate at The Byrne Gallery
The Byrne Gallery is proud to present “il Fiore, The flowers of Italy: nature, imagery, and symbolism.” This new exhibition of oil paintings by Sandra Iafrate for the months of May and June explores both the wild and cultivated the flowers of Italy which are so much a part of the landscape and culture, and are ever so apparent in every Italian art form. Please join us for a special reception for the artist on Saturday, May 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend! The show will open on May 1st and continue through June 30th.
Sandra has exhibited at the Byrne Gallery since 2013. During this time she has displayed her paintings in numerous exhibitions in the Spring months. Many of her shows have focused on floral themes and she is very well known for her exuberant Abundance series which featured cascades of giant blossoms. Now, with il Fiore, she has taken a new and singular look at flowers--each with their own unique and individual appeal. In this solo exhibit, Sandra studies the poppy, sunflower and wild iris. She expresses each of their distinct personalities through creative and moving compositions and lets them tell their own stories.
Some of the new oil paintings and mixed media work are accompanied by sonnets, narratives and lyrics. Il Fiore also touches upon the flower as a symbol of love with some reference to Botticelli, Da Vinci and Dante Alighieri's Il Fiore and of course, the red rose: rosa rossa.
Sandra is an international artist and instructor producing original and published work which is sold in several countries. She was born in the Niagara Peninsula, Canada, and has lived and trained in the United States, England; Melbourne, Australia and Toronto, Canada. She initially studied writing and journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and City University London, England, and over the past 20 years has focused her creative ability on visual arts. She has spent several years learning classical drawing and painting with renowned artists including the late Kevin Taylor at Brighton Arts Society in Melbourne, Australia and Juan Martinez at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. Sandra has also brought twists and turns in her work, using interesting substrates such as barn wood and raw linen, and a mix of mediums creating a classical contemporary mix.
Don’t miss this splendid exhibit where you will sense the scent of Spring in the air!
The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street in Middleburg, Virginia. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986. www.byrnegallery.com