Ann Welly Revels, August Spotlight Artist
We have all been spending more time staying at home and many people used this time to work on landscaping, including tree trimming. This has been a blessing for Titusville artist Ann Welly Revels who collects yard debris and creates tropical treasures. Ann is the August Spotlight Artist at the Downtown Art Gallery, 335 S. Washington Ave , in downtown Titusville. The exhibit of her work may include bits of your palm tree that she has turned into a basket.
Ann has long been fascinated by the tactile feel of fibers and has a keen eye for natural materials in the world around us. Her interest in the environment is reflected in her work. Loom woven wall hangings include branches and grasses as well as yarn. Ann’s handmade paper incorporates petals, leaves, and spices or is embossed by seed pods. Her palm skin baskets are made from the boot that attaches the palm frond to the trunk on certain tropical palms. Where others see tree trimmings on the side of the road as a pile of trash, Ann sees potential works of art.
“Every piece of palm fiber is different depending on the species and the season. Each has a personality. I never know exactly what I will create until I begin to shape it. Once dried, the basket tells me what sort of embellishment, if any, or what plant or animal I should woodburn on the surface. It’s such a hands-on process that I really feel I am collaborating with the materials. My goal is to allow others to experience this gift from our tropical paradise.”
Her work can be viewed Mondays and Thursday through Saturday 11 am to 3 pm at the Downtown Art Gallery. For more information call 321-268-0122 or check out their Facebook page.