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“Leap of Faith” Exhibit Opens Friday at 530 Burns Gallery

The group show featuring Todd Babb, Susan von Gries, and Marleen De Waele will host an opening reception on March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Presented by 530 Burns Gallery February 24, 2022

Marleen De Waele, Nature's Color Eruption. 48" x 60"

Leap of Faith is a group show featuring fine art by exclusively Florida artists. Susan von Gries is a local who has lived in Sarasota for the past 20 years, and Todd Babb is a sculptor who currently resides on the west coast of Florida. Marleen De Waele is the newest addition to the gallery, showcasing her take on botanical scenes in Florida. The combination of Susan’s textual pieces, paired with Todd’s resin sculptures and Marleen’s natural scenes, is a trio destined for success.

Todd Babb, Sky Ballet: Leap of Faith. 7" x 24" x 6"

Todd Babb is a sculptor who is known for his hand-painted resin sculptures of dancers. His wife, a former ballerina, is the inspiration behind his wildly successful “Sky Ballet” line. His sculptures have been on display at the Naples Museum of FL, in numerous publications, and can be seen in several galleries throughout the United States.

Todd Babb, Sky Ballet: Freedom. 10" x 25" x 6" 

After he experimented for years with materials, Todd found the use of hand-carved resins to be the perfect substance. The unexpectedly light weight of the pieces adds yet another element of conversational allure. Just as important as the sculptural qualities of each piece is the finish: the bronzed effect is accomplished through a personally developed technique of layering several specific materials.

Susan von Gries, Aquatic Splash. 48" x 36"

Susan von Gries is an artist who has built quite a name for herself on a national scale; she’s exhibited from San Francisco to Sarasota, but calls 530 Burns Gallery her exclusive home. Having lived in South America and Europe, she’s inspired by art from all over the world, but in her latest series, she transitions from a pop of color into a “shades of blue” aesthetic. The blue and turquoise waters of Sarasota and Siesta Key are the main inspiration behind this series. Her technique involves painting in many layers to reveal unordinary colors hidden behind the blue tones she’s created. This is a new direction for her; it has an organic feel to it. Let her latest exhibition bring the healing waters of Siesta Key into your home and make it the serene place it was destined to be.

Marleen De Waele, Modern Vines. 48" x 36"

The newest addition to 530’s roster of artists comes from Florida’s east coast. Marleen De Waele – De Bock is an impressionistic painter who has fine-tuned her skill to Florida’s natural landscapes. Inspired by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, her latest works offer her personal interpretation of these botanics mixed with a flare of color. Her work from this past year is based on nature and imaginative landscapes. They are colorful, large-scale pieces. Each painting has a fresh, calm quality and offers an insightful look into the state of mind she was in while painting. As Marleen likes to say, “My pieces start in reality but end in a multilayered fantasy.” Let her painted fantasies transport you to the Selby Gardens mentality she was in when they were created!

Susan von Gries, Quiet Sea. 48" x 60"

All three artists have provided 530 Burns Gallery with an exclusive new series that showcases their latest pieces and the inspirations behind them. The contrast of texture and material chosen by each artist, and the impact they’ll bring by exhibiting together, will provide its viewers with a contemporary art experience unlike any other. All new works will be available once the show opens. Whether you’re a new or existing collector, take a “Leap of Faith” with the 530 Burns team, and immerse yourself into a contemporary world of texture, sculpture, and impressionism.

530 Burns Gallery will be showcasing a new exhibition every FIRST FRIDAY of the month that includes the latest works from their roster of artists. Next month they will feature an art exhibition highlighting floral pieces by Laura Varich and Maria Burtis.

Show Details: “Leap of Faith” featuring Todd Babb, Susan von Gries, Marleen De Waele
Show Dates: March 4–March 31
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 2022, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 530 Burns Gallery


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