Furniture as Art:
Bronze, Aluminum & Iron
The Sculptured Furniture of Kelly Gale Amen
The Palm Beach County Cultural Council’s Neighborhood Arts Residency Program (NARP) will benefit from sales of the work of sculptor Kelly Gale Amen which goes on exhibit today at the Sculpture Center at Esperante’, according to William E. Ray, Cultural Council president.
NARP is a community outreach service of the Cultural Council which provides $3,00 fellowships to area artists — both visual and performing — to work with residents, including children, in transitional or disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Palm Beach County to complete art projects such as murals, community chorus performances, and video documentaries. The program began in 1994 with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and is competitive; 12 artists are funded annually for projects, which have served neighborhoods from Delray Beach to Jupiter. Currently, funding comes from Palm Beach County sales of Florida’s new arts license plate and from corporate donations.
Amen, a Houston resident, offered to donate the percentage of sales of his Esperante’ work which would go to a commercial gallery if one were involved, according to Ray. The Amen show — “Furniture as Art: Bronze, Aluminum and Stone” — opens at 6 p.m. today with a champagne and chocolate reception given by the artist through the Cultural Council. For sales information, call the Cultural Council at (407) 471-2901 or 930-2787 (Boca/Delray). The Sculpture Center at Esperante is located 222 Lakeview Avenue in West Palm Beach.