On Saturday, February 17, artist Brenda Spilios will speak on theWhole and Whimsical Life, describing the joy she receives from turning strange, discarded, and broken
things into fanciful creatures that bring smiles of amusement and admiration to those who view them.
Spilios, who was born in Iowa and came to Florida as a school teacher in 1973, calls her sculptures “Whimbots” because of their robotic appearance and whimsical style. She
began her career as a sculptor after her retirement in 2010, stating that her initial inspiration came from an exhibit at the Appleton Museum in Ocala entitled The Art of the
She explains, “I realized that robots are not just machines, but works of art. They are parts fashioned into a whole, and this vision of future technology seemed to connect
with my childhood in Iowa with Depression-era parents who never threw away anything. The idea that castoff parts and unloved objects could be fashioned into a new and exciting whole with a life
and purpose of its own was very exciting to me.”
Spilios, who is also a writer, often writes companion poems about the lives of her Whimbots.
Spilios’ discussion of her work will take place at a fund-raising reception that is open to the public and will include refreshments
and an opportunity to speak with the artist among the original works by approximately 40 other regional artist who are members of the Florida Artist Gallery. A $10 donation is requested. For
more information, call 352-344-9300.