Penny Ripley and Robinette Apelgren at Hirdie Girdie

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Hirdie Girdie Gallery welcomes Penny Ripley as a new member artist.
Penny is a glass artist whose inspiration comes from the sandy beaches and blue water that surround her Sanibel Island home.
Even her art medium of glass is derived from the sand itself. She has an eye for combining colors and shapes resulting in beautiful stained glass pieces ranging from wall art and window inserts to mixed media pieces containing metals and wood, and she especially loves to create stained glass works based on pets.
Her artistic endeavors have now evolved to include glass fusion, creating pieces that give the impression of blown glass. Penny appreciates the endless possibilities for mixing colors, creating shapes, and combining materials that working in glass provides.

Robinette Apelgren

The gallery’s guest artist for the month of March is Robinette Apelgren, a watercolor painter. Robinette’s childhood interest in art resulted in a career as an elementary school art teacher in Indiana. Throughout her life, she experimented with several mediums, but watercolor remains her favorite. She enjoys attending classes and workshops with celebrated artists to further hone her craft.
She has taught watercolor and other art classes in New York and Fort Myers, and has written and illustrated three books inspired by life changing events she has experienced. Her subjects include florals, landscapes, and still lifes, and she especially enjoys painting portraits of people and pets. Robinette says that painting allows her to enter another world of looking at creation in a new way and depicting its beauty.
The gallery will be hosting a reception on March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring the artwork of Penny Ripley and Robinette Apelgren. Everyone is invited to meet the gallery artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music by Bob Housler.
Hirdie Girdie Gallery is located at 2490 Library Way on Sanibel. For more details, call 239-395-0027 or visit


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