Siesta Key, FL: Turtle Beach Resort an Inn launched the opening of a new art gallery called: The Gallery at Turtle Beach Resort. The new addition to the resort will feature a permanent exhibit of work by Gail Rubinfeld (one of the resort’s co-owners) and her late sister, Miri Rosenfeld, along with work by their father, Elliott Rodgers. The Gallery, located at 9049 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, Fl. is open daily 9am-5pm or by appointment by calling 941-349-4554.
Rubinfeld graduated from Pratt Institute, NY. Her background includes fashion design in New York, real estate, interior design and has been an Innkeeper along with her husband David of Turtle Beach Resort for the past 20 years. Rubinfeld didn’t begin painting with passion until after the death of her identical twin sister, Miri Rosenfeld, who was also an artist. “She sent me art supplies in the mail just before she died,” Rubinfeld says. “I took that as a sign. I started taking my art seriously after that.”
In memory of her twin sister, Rubinfeld donates a percentage from artwork sales to “Ma’agan,” a drop-in care center in Jerusalem, supporting people affected with cancer with life-affirming art, music and dance classes. www.lifesdoor.org.
To Rubinfeld, art is a labor of love. Her work encompasses abstract collage, oil painting portraits, figures and landscapes. According to Rubinfeld, “My non-figurative art captures spontaneous moments in time. In my portrait work, I strive to find a person’s essence, and then strip away everything superficial. Either way, I like to work quickly and bring a sense of immediacy to the image.”
Rubinfeld works from her Siesta Key, Florida studio and her art is in private collections in the United States, Israel, UK and Switzerland. Visit: www.gailrubinfeld.com; www.turtlebeachresort.com.