Karen Shapiro’s unique sculptures are now showing at KAJ Gallery

KAJ Gallery is now featuring ceramic sculptures created by artist Karen Shapiro. Her work will be on display along with artists Chris Gustin and Paul Tamanian through the end of May.
Shapiro is a ceramic sculptor and raku artist; raku is a soft, glazed, hand-built earthenware having its origins in the tea ceremony of ancient Japan. Shapiro takes objects from everyday life and creates an art piece that is frequently larger-than-life — four to five times larger than the original object.
“Her pieces, many of which are from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, are quite nostalgic,” says Kosmas Ballis, KAJ Gallery co-owner and gallerist. “They have a historical element and are well recognizes which gives Shapiro’s pieces a popular appeal for any collector.”
About KAJ Gallery:
KAJ Gallery’s focus is to bring some of the finest contemporary artwork to the Naples, Florida community. The gallery is a joint venture by longtime friends Jason Taylor and Kosmas Ballis. Taylor is an accomplished plastic surgeon and is currently based in Los Angeles. He specializes in reconstructive cleft palate surgery for children. Ballis attended the Kansas City Art Institute and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University. He’s also an accomplished ceramic sculptor who has work in museums throughout the world.
The Gallery is located at 462 Tamiami Trail between 4th and 5th Avenues North. For more information, call 239-234-7918 or visit www.kajartgallery.com.

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