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Splashing waves and ode to Boca tree banyan open at museum

Two New York artists share their visions of nature’s tenacity in Boca Raton Museum of Art’s new exhibits.

A free community day in the museum on the north end of Mizner Park is noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Nov. 2. The exhibits formally open Tuesday Nov. 5.

What you’ll see are stunning, mural-size photographs of extreme weather waves in one gallery. They morph into triptychs on wood and imaginative smaller images in a second space. An LED display will become part of the museum’s permanent collection, said museum director Irvin Lippman.

“Waves” is the work of artist and photographer Clifford Ross, known for his Hurricane Waves. The perfect subject matter for a coastal city like Boca. “This is the first time we’ve looked at his entire body of work from the 1990s to see how it evolved,” Lippman said.

The artist happily agrees. “Irvin had a vision. It was an education for me, the links he saw,” Ross said.

Patrons entering the galleries will see Maren Hassinger’s Embrace Love, walls of recycled pink plastic bags. Filled with human breath, they hide love notes inside.

Maren Hassinger’s Tree of Knowledge is based on the 100-year-old banyan tree in Boca’s Pearl City.

The artist herself was monitoring her massive installation, “Tree of Knowledge.” Hanging newspaper tendrils attached to the 18-foot ceiling honor the 100-year-old banyan tree in Boca’s Pearl City.

The museum and Hassinger engaged Pearl City CATS afterschool and summer camp kids and others to help assemble the tendrils. “I did a video showing details of how to do it,” she said.

A true community project, “we collected everyone’s name and they’ll be with a description and a video,” Lippman said.

The exhibit will also include a history of Boca’s 1915 African-American neighborhood, and historic district.

Turns out, this is a big art weekend in Boca. Go to Sunday’s free Community Day at the museum and you’ll find a free, outdoor fine art show in the adjacent amphitheater. Unrelated but a happy coincidence.

Both museum exhibits are on display through March 1. Renown Boca Raton artist and FAU professor Carol Prusa’s Dark Light is on view through Jan. 19. Here’s the link for hours, directions and admission https://www.bocamuseum.org/visit

By Marci Shatzman

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