Wild about wildlife

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By Patty Roesch
Special to the Beacon
The Cedar Key Arts Center held a Salute to Wildlife March 3. From 5-7 p.m. guests explored the exhibit sipping happily on wine and enjoying the food.
In appreciation of the Suwanne Refuge, the art was to feature the area. Ann Kamzelski and Jack Murphy were among the artists with work on display.
Kamzalski is a digital photographer. Armed with her camera and Photoshop, she creates images that keep the viewer wondering.
Within that frame could be anything from an alligator in the woods to a bird in boots treading the water.  She can do scenic or silly, and is open to making custom piece’s if asked.
Having around 25 years of experience under her belt, she has the patience and expertise to produce perfectly blended images. Kamzalski said she is inspired by the desire to make something different. Not the usual photograph. With prices ranging from $100-$200, a picture can be bought that may use over 49 images.
Murphy is an expert custom wood carver. Inspired when he was in New York, he has been carving on and off for about 35 years.
Equipped with anything from a chisel to dental tools, Murphy produces work that is to be appreciated. He is a prolific carver with every minute detail showing in each piece.
Ranging from $45-$350, the work is well worth the money. It is as if Murphy has made life out of wood. Not an easy task.
Both artists are meticulous with their work. It is clear time has been put into each work of art. Just when you think you have seen it all, you catch another detail that draws you back in - that one last look.
They caught the theme of the exhibit by the horns. It was as if you were strolling through the woods, right there in the Cedar Key Arts Center.