Last September, Rosemary Hagen helped her friend Paul Spyropoulos set up his exhibit at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County. This year, they will be sharing space.
The church, located at 1532 Forrest Nelson Blvd. in Port Charlotte, will feature 15 pieces of work from each artist. A ceremony honoring the artists will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday and the exhibit will run until Sept. 30.
“I’ll be exhibiting seven paintings,” Spyropoulos said. “There are two constructions put together from wood I found. I’m also featuring a wood bird sculpture. We set it up last Monday.”
Spyropoulos, a former abstractionist, primarily focuses on nature-derived works with acrylics. He is a member of the Englewood Art Center.
“It was hard to choose what works I wanted to use,” he said. “I chose things I haven’t shown before and decided to feature some sculpture and other wall hangings.”
He said his sculptures, like his acrylics, also tend to be abstract.
While Hagen also has painted works on canvas, she’s also a photographer and plans to feature up to nine photos from her safari in Tanzania.
“It was mostly animals,” Hagen said. “I emphasized elephants, zebras and giraffes in the Serengeti Plain.”
Hagan talked to a Maasai woman who’s the lead wife of a Maasai leader.
“(The leader) had three wives, but could have up to five,” she said. “The Maasai are native to Kenya and Tanzania.”
Hagan said the wife explained Maasai culture, defining her own role like that of an executive secretary. As a lead wife, she presides over the other wives delegating domestic roles.
“They only eat meat and drink the blood of their cattle,” she said. “They don’t eat any vegetables.”
Hagen said Maasai women sell crafts such as baskets, beaded trinkets and some jewelry to the public.
The exhibit is open Sunday afternoons 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursday.
For more information, call 941-624-6385.