By Kathy L. Collins

Anne Drewery of Lithia, a wonderfully talented artist, is a part of a fantastic art show taking place at the Octagon Arts Gallery in Clearwater. The show will run from September 6 until October 16. An artists’ reception is set for September 6 from 4-6 p.m.

The show features the students of well known artist, Taylor Ikin. The show focuses on diversity of art mediums and the variety of ways in which they may be applied.

Drewery paints mostly acrylic and does some collage. The pieces chosen for the show are her most recent works. “These are the ones I really enjoyed doing and want to share them with the viewers at the Octagon,” said Drewery.

Drewery has been taking classes with Ikin for several years. Drewery said, “Her class is very much like an open studio where each person is able to do what he or she wishes, with input, advice and critiques from everyone. The camaraderie is delightful, and we are a very close knit group.”

Drewery’s style has changed over the years. “I started in watercolor but soon turned to acrylic and collage. Most of my work in non-representational which leaves the interpretation of it to the viewer regardless of the title,” said Drewery.

In addition to being a superb artist, Drewery is an advocate for the arts. She has been a member of the Brandon Arts Council and is nearing the end of her term as president. Drewery said, “We are a group of eager arts advocates and artists who are promoting all the arts in the Brandon area. We strive to make the community aware of how blessed we are to have such a vibrant arts environment here.”

The Octagon Arts Gallery is located at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Inc. located at 2470 Nursery Rd. in Clearwater.


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