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Baisden Gallery shows fashion designer’s art, illustrations

Baisden Gallery presents the mixed-media collage paintings of famous fashion designer and illustrator Michael Vollbracht. The exhibit shows what can come from the exquisite melding of Volbacht’s talents as illustrator and designer. Through the years, paper images he loved and collected in New York and throughout the world show up along with other found objects in his paintings. Many of his paintings also have appeared as fashion statements in the form of scarves, jackets and pocketbooks. Born in Quincy, Ill., Vollbracht graduated from the Parson School of Design in New York and went on to work for the design team of Geoffrey Beene. In 2001 he became the designer and creative director of Bill Blass Limited. As an illustrator, he was the in-house illustrator of Henri Blendel in the ‘70s and one of the top illustrators for New York Magazine in the 1989.
In 1979, he set up his own design line and created clothes for celebrities such as Barbara Walters, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Taylor. In between his New York jobs, Vollbracht came to Florida, often when wanting to concentrate on his art and illustrations. It is this stage of his career that is highlighted in the Baisden exhibit, which is also a fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation. Vollbracht has donated a painting for auction during the exhibit. It can be seen at the gallery and bids may be placed at www.biddingforgood.com/sjhfoundation. The bidding ends April 29. In addition to painting, Vollbracht wrote a book called “Nothing Sacred,” in which he names famous names in a witty and slightly irreverent tell-all that includes quotes and photos of many celebrities. The book will be on sale at the gallery. All proceeds from the auction and 10 percent of sales from Vollbracht’s art sold during the exhibition will benefit the children’s hospital foundation. The exhibit is up through June 22. The gallery is at 442 Grand Central Ave., next door to Mise en Place Restaurant. For more information about Vollbracht, go to www.michaelvollbracht.com. For details about the exhibit, go to www.baisdengallery.com or call (813) 250-1511. High school artists display works Gallery 221 at Hillsborough Community College’s Dale Mabry Campus presents Calyx Schenecker Art Infinitum, the annual exhibit of high school art. The photographs, paintings and three-dimensional creations were selected for the show by curator and gallery Director Kathy Gibson, who also chose award-winners. Meet the students and see their work at an awards ceremony and reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. During the event, thousands of dollars will be awarded in college scholarships through an endowment by the Calyx & Beau Schenecker Memorial Fund. Gallery 221 is on the second floor of the Resource Center on the campus at 4001 N. Dale Mabry Highway.

Correspondent Esther Hammer can be reached at [email protected]

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