Englewood artists share spotlight in Charlotte

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY ROSEMARY HAGEN
Giraffes are among the many subjects from Englewood artist and photographer Rosemary Hagen at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Charlotte exhibit in September.

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.”

 SUN FILE PHOTO Paul Spyropoulos will display his paintings and sculptures at an exhibit throughout September at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.

SUN FILE PHOTO
Paul Spyropoulos will display his paintings and sculptures at an exhibit throughout September at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.

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.”

 PHOTO PROVIDED BY ROSEMARY HAGEN Rosemary Hagen’s wildlife photography will be featured at September’s artist exhibit at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY ROSEMARY HAGEN
Rosemary Hagen’s wildlife photography will be featured at September’s artist exhibit at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Charlotte County.

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.

 PHOTO PROVIDED Englewood artist Paul Spyropoulos’ “Woman with Yellow Flowers” will be one of his works featured at an exhibit at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Charlotte this month.

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Englewood artist Paul Spyropoulos’ “Woman with Yellow Flowers” will be one of his works featured at an exhibit at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Charlotte this month.

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Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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