Annex Studio Residents Collective Opens April 24th

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, April 8, 2016. Works by 2015-2016 Armory Annex Studio Residents Patt Cavanagh, Susan Nash, Erica Howat, Sandra Kuba, and Evan Sahlman will be exhibited at the Armory Lake Worth Annex opening from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The show runs from April 22 through May 20, 2016. Residents were selected through an application process that required an artist statement, plans for the studio space, resume, website, and five images of recent work. Residencies begin in October and are awarded yearly.

Patt Cavanagh works with Acrylic paint and at times with mixed media. The pieces to be exhibited and the Annex Studio Residents’ show is abstract and minimal work inspired by nature and music. Past exhibitions include Small Works at JF Gallery in West Palm Beach FL. 2014, Small Works/Big Art and Vermont Contemporary at Gallery-in-the-Field in Brandon, VT. She has participated in juried and invitational exhibitions in Vermont, New Jersey, Chicago, and San Francisco. Patt was a resident artist at Vermont Studio Center in 1986, 1988, 1991-1995, and 1998. She attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Art Institute, and State University of New York. Patt plays the piano, writes poetry, and has an avid interest in urban design.

Erica Howat began taking classes and workshops in 2008 to learn fiber art techniques after ending her 30-year restaurant career. Howat started her studio residency at the Annex so she could have a space to experiment with design and technique with a focus of showing her work. Drawn to organic fiber, Howat expresses her attraction to texture and form through tapestry weaving, knotting, and basket making. Materials such as yarn, paper, twine, leather, ribbon, reed and natural flora, rocks, and pods are combined into the pieces. Erica said, “Inspiration from the form, texture, and wildness of certain materials brings about a creative flow to make a piece that emphasizes the unique, natural beauty that grows around us and which may otherwise be taken for granted.”

Sandra Kuba is a fiber and clay artist. She studies clay sculpture, hand building, and fiber art at the Armory Art Center and has traveled extensively to workshops to learn felting techniques. Sandra said, “I love how wool fibers are magically transformed.  I experiment with a variety of raw wools and silks and do hand-felting by layering and building with unexpected materials.” Prior to becoming a visual artist, Sandra had a catering company where she expressed her creativity as a chef.

Susan Nash Susan Nash paints landscape, still life, and life-size figures. She has exhibited in numerous galleries, primarily in NYC and the east end of Long Island. Susan earned her B.A. in Art at the University of Bridgeport, CT. She studied at Academia de Belli Arte in Florence, Italy, and in NYC at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts. She received a still life prize from the National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts, NY. Susan has been featured in The New York Times and Dan’s Paper of Bridgehampton, NY. Art Critic Phyllis Braff, wrote of the painting, North Haven Marsh, “Capturing the colorful moment between day and night skies stands out among Susan Nash’s views.” Both the sea and the sky resonate with me in a very personal way” Susan said.

Evan Sahlman works in paint and ceramic sculpture. He earned his BFA at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He serves as an artist assistant and Annex Coordinator. Evan lives in West Palm Beach with his wife Chelsae Anne who is a portrait photographer. Together they challenge each other to pursue a life based in and around the fine arts.

Annex Studio Residents Collective | April 22-May 20, 2016
Show dates: April 22-May 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 21,
2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Wine and lite bites will be served.
1121 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460
Annex Gallery Hours are Wed.-Sat. from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

About The Armory Art Center:  The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be the leading visual arts education and exhibition center of the Palm Beaches. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and 20 exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries. For more information, visit or call 561-832-1776 x33.


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