Art abounds inside the Gregg family’s Parkland home. About nine years ago, husband-and-wife artists Michael Gregg and Deborah Gregg, both 51, added to their home so that they each had their own creative space and their daughters, now 17-year-old Nina Gregg and 20-year-old Sasha Gregg — to whom they passed on their artistic nature — had a studio to share. Deborah Gregg likens their home to a rotating gallery.
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Now, 43 of the family’s individual creations are being showcased in an exhibit at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery titled “Genetic Predisposition: A Family’s Life in Art.” It includes paintings, sculptures, photography, digital drawings, illustrations and mixed media, all of which are for sale.
Deborah Gregg’s artwork had been featured in a fall 2013 exhibit at the gallery, and then this January, two of Nina Gregg’s creations were displayed there as part of a juried exhibit of artwork by Broward high schoolers. But it wasn’t until Deborah Gregg went to pick up her daughter’s artwork, which had won Best of Show and Honorable Mention, that gallery curator Julie Flaig realized that the two are related. When Flaig called about a week later with the idea of doing a mother-daughter exhibit, Deborah Gregg told her all four family members are artists and suggested a family exhibit.
“She came and saw our work, and she was excited by it,” Michael Gregg said.
Deborah Gregg has been teaching various art classes for youth at the Coral Springs Museum of Art for the last eight years and is a fine jewelry designer and a mixed-media painter and sculptor.
“I always mix materials, so even with my paintings I have found objects as part of the composition,” she said, also noting that she always incorporates text and numerals in her artwork.
She has gallery representation and is a co-founder of the 6 Hands Collaborative, through which she and two other artists lead workshops and lectures, show their artwork and create pieces together. Her creations have been displayed at such art destinations as Art Basel in Miami, The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach and ArtServe, the Broward Art Guild Gallery and FAT Village in Fort Lauderdale, and have won awards including Best of Show.
Her husband has worked in the fields of automotive design, graphic design, advertising and marketing, and is currently the president of a commercial printing company, but creates art on the side. His photography has been published internationally in books, magazines and newspapers, and his artwork has been displayed at Rossetti Fine Art Gallery in Wilton Manors. A few of his sculptures, which he compares to puzzles, are on display in the family’s exhibit.
“The sculptures themselves come from drawings, so when you look at the big sculpture when you first walk into the room, you’ll see a little black-and-white drawing that the sculpture came from, and then you’ll see a purple painting behind it, which happened during the time that I was painting the actual sculpture,” Michael Gregg said.
Eldest daughter Sasha Gregg is a rising college senior at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studies apparel design and recently received a departmental award. She is currently interning for womenswear designer Rosie Assoulin in New York City. She also serves as the head blogger and correspondent for a website she co-founded in August with three classmates to connect apparel design students at their school with the apparel industry.
Among the creations Sasha Gregg has on display in the exhibit are fashion illustrations and mixed-media paintings.
“What I did with the paintings was paint but with an apparel mindset,” she said. “So I tried creating the forms and textures, and I tried weaving with various materials.”
She said one of her earliest art experiences was when she was about 6 years old and her mother would come to her school to do art projects with her class as part of an ongoing program.
“Then ever since then over the summers we’d always do art projects with my mom,” she said.
Her sister, who their mother said approaches art from a conceptual standpoint, is also planning to pursue a career in apparel design. Nina Gregg, a rising senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, teaches sewing classes for teens at SOS Children’s Villages in Coconut Creek and youth fashion design classes her sister implemented at the Coral Springs Museum of Art a few summers ago. Items she handmade are sold in the museum’s gift shop and at Mona’s Kids and My BFF Secret Kloset in Coral Springs.
She was named a 2015 YoungArts Winner by the National YoungArts Foundation for her visual arts work, and she won first place for District 21 in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, open to students in 7th to 12th grades. The collage she submitted is now on display in the U.S. Capitol building for a year.
The exhibit is on display through July 4 at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., and admission is free. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 954-747-4641 or visit SunriseFL.gov.
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