Current Exhibitions

Light Up the ArtsLight Up the Arts

November 9 - December 31, 2016

Light Up the Arts features stained glass lamps and wall pieces created by Preston Studios.

Preston Studios was founded by Jerry Preston and John Emery in November of 1976 in Melbourne, FL. This exhibition celebrates their fortieth anniversary in a retrospective display that includes past projects and new original lamps inspired by the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1898-1933).

Works by Preston Studios have adorned the homes of celebrity collectors like the late Allen Neuharth and George Plimpton as well as local art aficionados. Over 150 entrances on the Space Coast have been adorned by Preston Studios glass. Preston installations can also be found in Winter Park, Bayhill, Isleworth, and in Bella Collina in Central Florida and also in Boca Raton and Ft Myers in South Florida.

Image credit: Preston Studios, Rose Lamps, stained glass with metal bases. Photo courtesy of Bill Kilborn.


Radiant Messenger: Drawings by China MarksRadiant Messenger: Drawings by China Marks

October 22, 2016 - January 7, 2017

China Marks explores the tangled nature of social relationships and human imperfections through a singular irreverent visual iconography. Describing her work as “process-directed, constructed fabric drawings,” Marks draws with thread. Using commercially available printed fabric, an industrial zigzag sewing machine, a computerized embroidery machine, and a collagist strategy, Marks creates complex narratives that “reflect the world we live in all its glory, horror, and absurdity…”

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Marks was trained as a sculptor, earning an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1976. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, most recently a 2011 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, which named her a Gregory Millard Fellow, and a 2013 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Image credit: China Marks, The New Singing Sensations, Patty and Bird! 2014. Fabric, lace, thread, button, fusible adhesive, 31 x 32". Photo by Jeffrey Scott French.