EASTON — Have you been hunting for seashells at the beach? Seen any mermaids lately? August at the Green Phoenix Gallery brings you both, with an array of whimsical beach- and mermaid-themed creations by artist Maggii Sarfaty.
“I have always been an artist,” Sarfaty said. “My mother and grandmother were, as well. They taught me to appreciate beauty and nature. As a little girl, I played by the river, swam like a fish, and painted and drew daily. I’d spend hours crafting little treasures from my beach-combing finds.”
Sarfaty studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1990, she started a decorative painting business, specializing in murals, trompe l’oeil and painted furniture while simultaneously raising three children with her husband, Dave.
The past eight years, she has been the art director for Talbot County schools’ musical productions.
Recently, health issues have led Sarfaty back to fine art. Now she paints in plein air and in studio, and works in oil, watercolor, gouache, paper mache, fiber art and mixed media assemblage.
“I still search for treasure at the beach,” she said. “I see a boat hull in a piece of driftwood, a mermaid’s tail in a scrap of silk. Those early childhood lessons in observation were invaluable and have made me the artist I am today.”
The gallery will host a reception to meet Sarfaty from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 during Easton’s First Friday Gallery Walk. There will be wine and finger foods.
The Green Phoenix at 31 N. Harrison St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 410-822-7554 or visit www.facebook.com/greenphoenixgallery.