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Safety Harbor safari leads to colorful glass creatures at gallery


If you want to go where the wild things are, plan an expedition to Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass.

Here, glassy-eyed creatures roam the carpet, some with rusty metal hides, others with purple-striped feathers.

There are crabs, crocodiles, birds and armadillos (upside down and right side up).

Whoa! That 4-foot-long chameleon with the swirling eyeballs is unfurling its tongue at you.

Fear not. This blown-glass menagerie won't eat your pet, can live indoors or out, and will even light up your garden at night.

About 40 colorful critters make up the Borowski glass collection, on display at the gallery through June 6.

"These pieces are just so much fun," said gallery owner Susan Benjamin. "Each one is filled with humor and makes me laugh."

All are one of a kind and born from abstraction, reflecting the whimsical and playful minds of their creators, members of the European Borowski family.

Stanislaw Borowski, an internationally renowned artist of engraved glass and glass sculptures, founded Glasstudio Borowski in 1990. Since 1993, the studio has been managed by his sons Pawel and Wiktor.

The works of the Borowski family can be seen in private collections, museums and galleries around the world.

With their juicy color palettes, the sculptures make beautiful garden sculptures or exquisite showpieces, Benjamin said.

Not all are animal-like. One is fashioned like a sports car, another a joker. Some function as serving pieces.

"Everything glass appeals to me," said Benjamin, "and I'm always looking for something unique, but I've simply fallen in love with this collection."

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Borowski glass collection

The collection is at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass, 247 Main St. in Safety Harbor, through June 6. The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Visit or call (727) 725-1808.

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