That very special day, set aside to celebrate love, is rapidly approaching. The Red Piano Too Art Gallery has assembled a February art exhibit to celebrate “Love in Bloom.”
Tony Cirico is the featured artist for this exhibit. She is a celebrated glass artist who says, “I love working with glass because it is so beautiful and there are no mistakes.”
She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., went to Paul Smith College in the Adirondacks and moved to Hilton Head after graduation. “As a child my grandmother inspired me to create art,” Tony said. “I continued my studies at the College of Charleston with a focus on oil painting. After I married in 2000, I realized painting was no longer for me and I looked to glass as a new outlet for my creativity. Glass is a natural element. The colors in glass are amazing. As my family grew, everyone became involved. My son Dante sold his first piece at 2 years old. My son Rylee, now 8, has also joined us as a artist. Both boys have a page in our 2013 catalog. I owe my husband so much for his support and belief in me as an artist. With his encouragement, I believed in my ability to pursue my art career. We currently wholesale our jewelry line to retailers, galleries and museums. In the last six months, we have expanded into wall art, bowls and platters.”
Tony attended the 2009 Academy Awards gifting suite with her jewelry and in 2011 she was a guest artist for the Teen Choice Awards. A gallery regular, Tony Cirico’s work is a not to be missed collection.
Work by other artists including locals Sandra Smith AKA Renee, Diane Brittan-Dunham, Andrea Glover, Shirley Hunter, Alyne Harris, Demetric Denmark, Ernest Lee, Charles Desuassure, and gallery owner Mary Mack will be creating special pieces that art patrons will surely love and want to collect.
Elayne Scott, gallery assistant and artist, believes and often tells visitors, “Every South Carolinian should own work by artists such as Ernest Lee, who is an absolute icon in our world of the self-taught Southern artist.” Ernest Lee, the Chicken Man, has contributed some very unique “Chickens In Love” to the show.
The Red Piano Too holds the belief that art and love make the world a better place. So come to the gallery to share love and the beauty that is art.
This exhibit is free and open to the public and will be held Saturday, February 9 at 870 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, from 12 to 5 p.m.