Published: July 29, 2009
PLANT CITY – A display at Bruton Memorial Library recently showcased the unique creations of paper sculptor Kelly Savery, a natural artist with no formal training.
Savery began her artistic journey 30 years ago as a form of therapy to keep her mind diverted from debilitating diabetic and arthritic pain.
"I spend so much of my time in pain and, some days, am barely able to move at all. I found myself spending time in front of the television and started working in paper just to try and keep my fingers flexible," she said.
The therapy evolved into the unique art form of making miniature paper sculptures of anything that caught her fancy; from a miniature dollhouse that took three months to complete, to 250 mobiles in paper and clay, to colorful contemporary works that resemble woven cloth.
Savery relocated from her native Connecticut to Plant City last year. She created a miniature dentist office for display at the American Dental Association's annual convention, and her work was featured at a 2009 big cat rescue show and art auction. She has a continuous display of miniature guitars at the Hard Rock Cafe and Casino on Orient Road in Tampa and recently added a sculpted glove in honor of Michael Jackson.
A new and ongoing exhibit of what she calls, "whimsical-art on-a-stick," a variety of paper and clay creations including ships, wildlife clowns and impressionistic works, opened July 21 at the Creative Native Gallery, 5307 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For information, contact her at Kellysgallery @yahoo.com or go to http://kellysgallery.google pages.com/home.
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