Southport Galleries hosts Sea + Glass art exhibit

BREAKAWAY, Encaustic on canvas, 24 x 24

BREAKAWAY, Encaustic on canvas, 24 x 24

Southport Galleries, 330 Pequot Avenue, Southport, hosts Sea + Glass art exhibit through June 18.

The exhibit features the artwork of Ruth Hamill, Encaustic on Canvas Seascapes and Maryann Schmidt, Hyperrealist Vintage Glass Vignettes.

Ruth Hamill comes to Southport from Mays Landing, N.J. where she creates transporting seascapes, which offer a pleasing, and meditative escape. More fiction than representational, her interpretations are inspired by her “obsession” with bodies of water. Her whirling and undulating canvases are dynamically rendered in oil and encaustic on — an ancient technique which provides a fresh and contemporary effect still routed in the tradition of landscape painting. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors and representation nationwide. 

Maryann Schmidt’s oils scrutinize everyday objects especially the sunlit sharp edges and the rippled depths and shadows of vintage glassware. The hyperrealist treatment of the antique subjects produces a tactile, sculptural aura.  The celebrated contemporary realist paints in upstate New York where there is no short supply of inspiration in old-fashioned glassware and other “overlooked” objects. While Schmidt’s work invokes certain nostalgia, the result is a crisp, contemporary canvas. The award-winning artist’s credits include the 2011 Official Poster for Walt Disney World’s International Epcot Food and Wine festival.

SEA + GLASS runs from Friday, May 13- Saturday, June 18. Tuesday through Friday, 11-5 and and Saturday until 4 p.m. Always by appointment.

For more information, contact Gallery Executive Director, Jennifer Cargill, [email protected], call 203-292-6124, or visit

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