The world is my canvas

Barry Seidman | Lighthouse ArtCenter

Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. As artists take paint to canvas, they convey their version of what they see. Photographers capture a moment – what is seen is exactly what is there. What makes the photograph a work of art is the emotions it evokes in its audience.

Such is the case with nationally recognized photographer and Palm Beach Gardens resident Barry Seidman, who is best known for his still-life photography. Harris Private Bank recently held an exhibit that showcased some of the local artist’s work called “New Eyes” to benefit the Lighthouse ArtCenter.

“We were pleased to present this exhibition and support the Lighthouse ArtCenter,” said Michael J. Dyer, managing director of the Harris Private Bank at Phillips Point, 777 S. Flagler Dr. in West Palm Beach. “We’ve received incredible feedback from our clients who attended.”

Lighthouse ArtCenter, located at 395 Seabrook Rd. in Tequesta, is the area’s largest and oldest visual-arts museum as well as an active school for the arts.

The exhibit was slated to end in mid-February but has recently been extended through the summer. Photos can be seen at Harris Bank or at the Lighthouse ArtsCente Museum.

“Barry is a member of the Artists’ Guild,” said Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director Katie Diets. “He is one of the first members of the Artists’ Guild also on display at the museum in the Artists’ Guild Gallery.”

In a featured series on the artist’s website called “Bagged,” the artist shows different fruits and vegetables in brown paper bags. Sounds thrilling, no? In fact, it is visually stunning. The lighting and ensuing shadows cast are brilliant. Who would think something everyday and average could be ripe with beauty?

“Whatever subject Barry takes on he does with perfection,” said Diets. “He is an artist to the core.”

The show features about 90 pieces including close-ups of hands, eyes, raspberries, flowers and the moon.

For more information call Harris Private Bank at (561) 366-4221. For hours and admission information to the museum at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, call (561) 746-3101 or visit www.lighthousearts.org. Admission to the museum is free on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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