Ebb & Flow: The Magic of Water opens Saturday, March 9 at Penitentiary Glen Reservation

Water covers 70 percent of the earth and comprises 60 percent of the human body. It is an ever-present force in our lives–from the trickle of a faucet in our homes to waves crashing on a beach, to the serenity of a still pond. Experience the power of water through art in this new multi-media show at Penitentiary Glen Reservation.

Opening Reception

The Ebb & Flow: The Magic of Water Spring Art Show opens with a free reception to meet the artists with demonstrations and light refreshments 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9th. The show will then be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  daily through May 12th. Artwork is available for purchase. Admission is free.

During your visit, discover the many interactive exhibits and displays in the Nature Center, including the “Window on Wildlife”. Children can engage with the outdoors in Nature Play, a one-acre outdoor wild play space (weather permitting). Meet native Ohio wildlife at the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center and browse the nature-themed gifts at The Nature Store for bird feeders, t-shirts, field guides, toys, children’s books and more. The Nature Center and Wildlife Center are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. Refreshments are available for purchase.

Penitentiary Glen Reservation is located at 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland (44094). For more information, visit Lake Metroparks.

Artist Bios

Mark Badzik – Mark Badzik’s fascination with fish, so often celebrated in his work, began during his childhood in Cleveland. They first became the subject of photographs captured in his backyard pond with a first-edition Polaroid camera. Although the original subjects have likely passed, Badzik has retained many of these photographs which he still puts to use in his compositions.

By means of his precise technique and photo-realistic style, Badzik successfully evokes the serene, meditative quality of this real-world environment. Numerous heavily glazed paint layers create an illusion of depth, the multiple reflective surfaces responding to light similar to the undulating surface of water.

John A. Sargent lll – John Sargent’s paintings are categorized by intensely realistic representations of nature with a concentration on color and light. His focus on nature is not limited to its appearance but expressed as a vehicle and access to questions both philosophical and spiritual. Sargent’s canvases are rich surfaces that appear smooth from a distance but reveal many layers of shifting thoughts and choices upon closer examination. He also has no reservations in embellishing or disturbing his carefully crafted paintings to produce images that are very much an expression of the world today. Beauty and emotion are paramount. Stillness, reverence and meditation are found in his oil on canvas paintings.

Ray Thurston – A former administrator in the Mentor School System, Ray Thurston retired in 1983 and began looking for a hobby. After attending a wood carving meeting he went out the next day and bought carving tools and a block of wood. Ray hasn’t stopped carving since!

Fish on White Driftwood by Ray Thurston

The intrinsic beauty of different wood species has always been fascinating to Ray and one of his primary goals is to enhance that beauty through his choice of subject matter. His artwork ranges from one-of-a-kind pieces created from driftwood to intricate, realistic carvings. Ray’s desire is to create carvings that the public will enjoy viewing as much as he enjoys carving them.

Eva Volf – I paint the sea. My love of the Ocean flows deeply from childhood memories, renewed with every breaking wave and cleansing salty splash. Inspired by the majesty of the seas and beaches of the world, I channel my emotions of tranquility and fulfillment to the viewer through oil on canvas. Conceptualized at the source, each seascape is sketched at the beach to capture the vision before completion in the studio.

Living, Breathing and Being by Eva Volf

The Ocean contains the wisdom of life in its intricate foam patterns and secretive depths; its infinitely changing character is a useful metaphor to keep life in perspective. I hope that my works elevate the spirit of whomever views them.

Pictured In Cover Photo:  Fantail by Mark Badzik