What is arguably the most anticipated show of the year at Progress Energy Art Gallery, the Annual Members' Show, opens on June 4 with a festive reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit continues through July 31.
More than 20 artists have entered their work in the seventh annual show.
"We now have live music for our June 4th (opening)," said Nancy Ciesla, gallery director. Performers are the Suncoast Recorder Ensemble, who will play from 7 to 8 p.m. "It just so happened that Pat Deighton, who heads up the group, stopped by on the way to the (Richey) Suncoast Theatre," she said. "Within about five minutes, we set it up."
It was Deighton's first visit to the gallery.
In addition, Sweetbay Supermarket is sending wine and cheese for the event.
Among the works in the show are watercolors by Mimi Jozwiak; mixed media by Terry Kinderman Preston; oils by Eva Berman, Matt Ellrod and Gladys DePrias; and acrylics by Harv Berman, Beverly Miller, Phil Reed, Carol Spicuglia, Ralph Butler, Lourdes Simon and C.W. Tanner.
Also in the show are works by painter and sculptor Harry Farmlett, digital photography by Gordon Engebretson, photographs by Melanie Achenbach and Madelyn McMillan Wise, sculptures of fused glass and aluminum by Lloyd Johnson, and paintings by Fran McLean and others.
"Our members are the lifeblood of the gallery, Ciesla said. "The Members' Show is always one of the most exciting, because the artists really bring out their best for this one."
Many of the works will be for sale, ranging in price from $30 for a print to $2,000 or more for an original, according to Ted Thomas, who does marketing and promotions for the gallery.
A second reception honoring the artists will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 2, Thomas said.
The gallery is an arm of Greater New Port Richey Main Street and has been in operation since May of 2003.