"Ila R. Seltzer, Recent Work" a New Sculpture Show at the Design Gallery in Burnsville, North Carolina

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Announcing a new show and public reception at The Design Gallery in Burnsville, North Carolina feturing the "Recent Work" of Ila R. Seltzer, sculptor. The show can be viewed Monday through Saturday from October 20 through Thanksgiving weekend.

Ila R. Seltzer is first and foremost a sculptor. Visitors to her new one person show at The Design Gallery may try to label her a textile artist because she sculpts with fabric.

She has used many other mediums for her sculpture but has become widely recognized for her incredible “soft” sculpture. Ila writes in her artist statement that she creates three dimensional objects with organically dyed fabrics inspired by the colors and forms of nature. “Leaves, flowers, shells, the human body - so similar yet so different. These appear in my pieces as abstractions that hint at their original being. I give strength to a delicate petal or lush frond with techniques of my own - combinations of soft and stiff materials, application of metallic threads and sparkling beads in myriad patterns and densities. These enable me to manipulate the materials into flowing and sensual forms.”

Ila, currently a resident of Burnsville, NC, graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Music. A second degree in Sculpture and Art History from Florida State University and a Masters in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison would lead one to believe that she would have spent her life as an artist, but she had a detour in the business world as a CPA before finally spending full time creating sculpture that she says “ seeks to enrich the spirit through the beauty and joy of nature.” It’s hard to imagine the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville without the display of her “Five Leaves” sculpture. Eight foot high leaves that hang from the two story ceiling greet visitors in the main building.

Earlier this year Ila’s work was featured in the Eleven Eleven Sculpture space in Washington, DC. and at the Upstairs Gallery in Tryon, NC. She also won a cash award at the Fall Celebration of the Arts sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council in Spruce Pine, NC. which is no small feat since the area is dominated by more artists per capita than any where else in the United States. Ila states that she continues to explore the creative possibilities of her medium “using materials in new ways, reaching beyond the traditional techniques, cultivating a living treasure in sculpture that will renew our excitement and appreciation of nature.” Quite frankly, a look at her current work may take your breath away.

The newest show of recent works will be at The Design Gallery in Burnsville, NC. This will include some award winning pieces as well as some work not shown before. The show opens October 20th with a public reception Friday, October 28th from 7-9pm. The Design Gallery is located at 7 South Main Street in the historic Carriage House across the street from the new Burnsville Town Center. Phone 828-678-9869 or look on the web at http://www.the-design-gallery.com for more information.


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