Skinny Dip: Lisa Rybovich Crallé at Hap Gallery

Sculptures and collages channeling tropical foliage, coral reefs and Caribbean culture

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I had a huge grin on my face as soon as I walked into Hap Gallery this past First Thursday. My first impressions were of Dr. Seuss, Teletubbies, and Oompa Loompas, which made sense when I learned she “channels her South Florida roots by using colors reminiscent of tropical foliage, coral reefs, and Caribbean culture.” I got to meet and have a great conversation with the artist, Lisa Ryobvich Crallé, who told me a bit about the performance aspect she’s creating to go with the sculptural works. I imagine performers in costumes as equally luminous and strange as her sculptures roaming the fantastical, tropical Eden she’s created. The works on paper are abstract collages of cut-out shapes painted with water color,  and the soft layering of pigments create landscapes full of purple bamboo and cotton-candy pink rivers. Lisa’s getting recognition in shows and accolades so if you’re inclined I’d definitely grab a piece of her work sooner rather than later, and then please invite me over so I can see it!

To see more of her work check out Hap’s website and Facebook, or go see it in person. Skinny Dip, featuring sculptures and drawings by Lisa Rybovich Crallé, is on view at Hap Gallery, 916 NW Flanders Street, through Saturday, February 28th.

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