Metaphors: Finding The Poetic In The Mundane | Anja Palombo, Jeffery Cornwell, Meg Pierce 

Metaphors: Finding the Poetic in the Mundane reveal the significance of daily phenomena from the commonplace to the sublime. This exhibition takes familiar concepts and objects and explores them with genuine, intense observation, revealing a deeper, more fulfilling experience in the banal. Sculptures, tapestries, and paintings intimate the smooth curve of a body part, stitching in a garment, or a small view of sky, encouraging the viewer to look deeply and question detail. These works inspire acute observation and insight, create beauty and meaning, and transform the seldom noticed, unremarkable moments into new encounters.


  • Opening Night Reception: March 2, 2023 | Thursday  6:00 – 8:00pm
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  • Open Exhibition Dates: March 3,2023 – March 25,2023 | Visiting hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11-3pm

Anja Berg-Palombo was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, where she had an upbringing full of independent exploration, art, nature and travel.  After some meandering through the German university system, she graduated with her BFA in painting and art history from Wayne State University in Detroit.  She received an MA in applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University and has taught art in Germany, Turkey, India and in Sarasota. She has exhibited artwork on three continents.

Anja gets inspired by the big and small phenomena around her, from the commonplace to the sublime. Her work is about taking familiar concepts and objects, and trying to see and understand them in deeper ways. We can only imagine “new” things by synthesizing our experiences, observations, and insights. Anja is fascinated by the great and poetic metaphors in the mundane. 

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Jeffery Cornwell studied fine art at Ringling College of Art and Design. Apprenticed with Toro Yamamoto and honed his skills freelancing with focus in the drawing media. As a Painter, Jeffery draws his inspiration from the natural environment, more specific the relation of sky and land. He is an exhibiting painter with his work shown in solo and group shows in galleries and alternative spaces. His work has been represented by galleries in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and on the west coast of the United States and is in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

As an educator, Jeffery has been teaching Teen Studios at Ringling College for seventeen years and is the coordinator of the College’s Summer Teen Studio program and is an Adjunct Instructor responsible for teaching advanced foundation Two and Three Dimensional Studio Art at Booker High School, a Visual and Performance Arts Magnet Program. Jeffery lives and works in Sarasota Florida 

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Meg Pierce grew up in Buffalo, NY. A graduate of the College of New
Rochelle, she went on to gain a Masters in Art and Art Education from Columbia University, NY, NY and a MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. She was a teacher of art the Herricks Schools, New Hyde Park, on Long Island from 1969-2001.

Her latest work has been with hand stitching, mixed media, installations, collage and painting featuring vintage fiber, silk flowers, leaves and found objects.

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