"Mermaid Tea Party" Art Exhibition at Amavida Rosemary Beach
Join Amavida Coffee and Tea for the opening of “Mermaid Tea Party” on Saturday, July 5 from 7-9pm. Meet artists Mercedes Rodgers and Sol Davis and learn more about their collaboration. Enjoy live music by Schatzi & the String Boffin and complimentary hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening. Take a dive into the deep and join the party!
What would an underwater tea party look like? Would you attend? Rodgers and Davis explore the whimsical possibilities of this in their latest collaborative creations. Drawing inspiration from mermaid mythology throughout various cultures, anime, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, “Mermaid Tea Party” tells the story of maritime festivity.
Living on the Gulf Coast, both artists are intrigued by the depths and what might reside in places that cannot be seen. While on the surface many of the characters may seem carefree, there are also subtle hints at darkness from the depths. Rodgers’ pottery with Davis’ wood burnings and paintings create a unique deep sea experience that won’t soon be forgotten.
A conceptual artist and potter, Mercedes Rodgers’ work ranges from community-based art pieces to everyday functional pottery. Inspired by the influence Japanese culture has had on ceramic innovations, Rodgers’ work looks to the concept of Wabi-Sabi; the perfection of imperfection and beauty in everyday life. She wants to express her sense of wonder about the world. Her sculptures are a combination of wheel-thrown and hand-built techniques. Rodgers is always interested in examining form and function in her sculptural work. Her work pushes on the line drawn between utility and aesthetic.
Sol Davis, a multi-media painter, derives inspiration from the Harajuku culture of the fashion district in Tokyo, Japan. His style contrasts precise lines and loose colors, creating intriguing and whimsical images. Using a process of wood-burning and oil wash, Davis transforms wood into visual masterpieces that are so full of vibrant detail, you will find new surprises each time you look at them.