Carey Wagner, Sun Sentinel
May 19, 2009
Wow factor: St. Lawrence Gallery's devotion to watery subjects extends beyond its backyard vista of sandy shores and sunsets. You'll find yourself immersed in aquatic-themed paintings, sculptures, jewelry, antiques and quick gift picks.
Background: Owner Randy Liebig splashed onto the local arts scene in late 2004, creating the nautical concept to stand apart from other galleries. The name comes from the St. Lawrence River, a nod to Liebig's roots in upstate New York. Visits to his hometown, Alexandria Bay, inspired the architect to add a second career as a curator-entrepreneur. There, he found encouragement from gallery owner Michael Ringer, his former high school art teacher and longtime friend. Today, Liebig's 2,000-square-foot space showcases works by Ringer and almost 100 artists nationwide. He has resided in South Florida since 1988.
Editor's picks: Seashell-encrusted paper weights ($10); sterling silver sand-dollar charm on an aqua beaded necklace by Hawaii jewelry designer Catherine Weitzman ($160); handblown glass octopus sculpture created at Michael Hopko's California-based studio ($295); an oil painting of a lakefront Adirondack Mountain setting by Ringer ($8,400).
Around town: 1901 black-and-white photograph of Fort Lauderdale's Stranahan House ($40); alligator sculpture by Roy Butler of Plantation ($2,800); mermaid watercolor portrait by Jorge Leon of Fort Lauderdale ($975); Maine shrimp boat watercolor painting by John Bowen, also of Fort Lauderdale ($1,600).
Socials: Liebig has fundraising socials Friday evenings, with raffles supporting different causes.
- Beth Feinstein-Bartl
St. Lawrence Gallery
Address: 3556 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday
Owner: Randy Liebig
Contact: stlawrencegallery.com or 954-566-8011