Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Water Works Art on exhibit in Winter Garden FL~ Aug. 3 – Sept. 2, 2017

Monday, August 14th, 2017

“Go With the Flow,” sponsored by the Winter Garden Art Association opened August 3 rd and runs through Saturday, September 2 nd.

I Forgot to Breathe by Michelle Irizarry

“I Forgot to Breathe” by Michelle Irizarry

This exhibition displays artwork in a variety of media relating to water created by over 60 local artists including featured artist Michelle Irizarry. All artwork is for sale.

Bobbi Mastrangelo who is known for her manhole themed “Grate Works of Art” art also creates “Water Works” based on water covers of all sizes.

"Water? " by Bobbi Mastrangelo

“Water? ” collagraph 11″ x 14″ by Bobbi Mastrangelo

This embossed print on Bobbi’s handmade paper deals with our water supply. We the people are responsible for its conservation and protection.

"Three Waters" 11' x 14" Fiber Art by Bobbi Mastrangelo

“Three Waters” 11′ x 14″ Fiber Art by Bobbi Mastrangelo

Featured are cast paper replicas of two water valve covers, typically 6- 8″ in diameter and a hand hole cover which averages 4″ in diameter.

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The Winter Garden Art Association hosts its marvelous SOBO Gallery with fascinating themed exhibits throughout the year.    http://wgart.org                                                                                                                                             Directions:  SOBO is located in the “Old Fire Station” at 127 South Boyd Street in Winter Garden FL 34787 – Less than 1 block from Centennial Plaza in Winter Garden’s Historic Downtown.

Hours Tues, Wed,  Thu, Fri, and Sat: 10am – 6pm Closed Sun, Mon, and Major Holidays.

Mastrangelo’s triptych: “Da Gracias Por Agua” Celebrates Water and Cinco De Mayo 2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Triptych “Da Gracias Por Agua” will be exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday in May: CINCO DE MAY-OMA!   Ole!  Reception 6-9 PM

Member Artists of ArtistsRegistry.com. celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with their own interpretations of Mexican life, through the mediums of paintings, drawings, photography or sculpture.

Da Gracias Por Agua (triptych 21" x 48")

Da Gracias Por Agua (triptych 21″ x 48″)

Bobbi Mastrangelo is internationally known for her unique wall relief city-scape interpretations of water covers and manhole covers. Her Triptych created just for this Mexican Themed Event is collectively titled: “Da Gracias Por Agua.” (Give Thanks for Water)

The first sculpture relief, entitled “Agua Sagrada,” pays homage to Jorge Argueta’s Poems in “Hablando con Madre Tierra.” (“Talking with Mother Earth” illustrated by Lucia Angela Pérez) His powerful, inspirational bi-lingual poems explore a young native Salvadoran boy’s connection to Mother Earth. Tetl’s Grandmother taught him about the spirituality of his Nahuatl Ancestors viewing the Earth as being alive with sacred meaning.

Aqua Sagrada (Sacred Water)

Aqua Sagrada (Sacred Water)

The text inscribed around the simulated water fount is “El Agua Es Sagrada.”  (Water is sacred)  “Es La Sangre de La Madre Tierra. (It is the blood of Mother Earth.) Jorge Argueta graciously gave permission for me to use these words from his poem “El Agua.”

 

Los Cuatro Elementos (relief 21" diameter x 6") and El Agua Es Una Bendición

Los Cuatro Elementos (21″ dia. x 6″) & El Agua Es Una Bendición

With water conservation and protection as a recurrent theme, Bobbi envisioned the center piece with “Covers” representing The Four Elements “Los Cuatro Elements:” Tierra, Aire, Agua y Fuego. The four covers float above metallic colored concave wells.

 

El Agua Es Una Bendición

El Agua Es Una Bendición

Bobbi enjoyed researching the ancient Aztec, Mayan and Nahuatl Cultures for the borders and designs of the two outside pieces. Atl, the Aztec symbol for water is located in the center of the starburst design.

But it was the contemporary Water Researcher, Masaru Emoto, author of The True Power of Water who influenced  the text of the above piece.  “Water is a Blessing, Give Thanks for Water,” Bobbi inscribed the Spanish Translation around the water fount: “El Agua Es Una Bendición.  Da Gracias Por Agua.”

Emoto believes that: “It is our individual responsibility to learn all we can about water, the most precious resource on the planet and to help shift the consciousness through our thoughts, words and prayers.  May our understanding of water help to bring peace to all mankind.”

Bobbi felt Spiritually Blessed as she created this triptych and hoped that Argueta’s philosophy about honoring Mother Earth and Emoto’s revelations about water would resonate to the viewers.

 

1st Thursdays

Orlando Museum of Art

2416 North Mills Ave.

Orlando FL 32803

1 (407) 896 4231

www.omart.org.


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