LAPEER — Becky Sharkey was on a mission, and those who visit Gallery 194's latest exhibit gratefully proclaim 'mission accomplished.'
The colorful works of fiber artist Deborah Hyde and glass artist John Fitzpatrick will be on display at Gallery 194 in Lapeer May 30-June 23.
Sharkey, director at Gallery 194, ventured down to the city to bring in the works of glass artist John Fitzpatrick and fiber artist Deborah Hyde, both with works in galleries in Ferndale. Their work is on exhibit at Gallery 194 beginning May 30 and running through June 23. An artists' reception, free and open to the public, will celebrate the exhibit on June 2 from 5-7 p.m.
Fitzpatrick owns the Touch of Light Studio and Gallerie of Handblown Glass on Woodward Ave., and Hyde exhibits at the Lawrence Street Gallery. Sharkey says she made the selections because she was literally 'blown away' by both artists' work.
"We have a lot of requests for glass artists," Sharkey says. "When I walked into John's studio it was just amazing. I don't know how to explain it except it is really beautiful. There's a huge variety and range of techniques used and the colors are phenomenal."
Fitzpatrick's works include vases, bowls, hanging window ornaments and other items in a wide range of shapes and colors. There's an equally wide range when it comes to the price tags on Fitzpatrick's works, Sharkey says, which run from $15 on up to $1,000.
"There are accessible pieces and collector's pieces which is kind of nice," Sharkey says. "People will be fascinated with the variety and creativity of his work. He has some pieces that are glass within glass. It's all just amazing."
Hyde's pieces are equally amazing, Sharkey says, because they're like paintings pieced together with bits of cloth.
"Her work is very striking and you're immediately drawn to them because they are figures," Sharkey says. "Most of (the figures) are women and they're created out of tiny sections of material pieced together to create skin and shadow. Her ability to take material and create these gorgeous images is remarkable."
Gallery 194 is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. As always, there is no charge to take in the exhibits. The gallery also houses a coffee shop and a gift shop featuring items from Lapeer Art Association artists.