Angie Klein BY HEATHER DAVIS
lant City has a deep rooted heritage when it comes to it’s strawberries. This is the month we celebrate that local legacy, when all over town strawberries appear everywhere. Local artist, Angie Klein, has been busy at work making that “strawberry” magic come alive for the enjoyment of her hometown. Much of Angie’s strawberry art comes from her upbringing in Plant City and all of the exciting memories she has from strawberry season. Her paintings depict scenes, memories, and feelings from those special times. For the past twenty years, Angie has been a muralist, transforming walls and homes with her talent. She has recently focused all of that creative drive into painting series on canvas, such as her strawberries and a spiritual series which draws upon her deep rooted beliefs and faith. You can find Angie’s strawberry renderings not only on canvas, but also on wine glasses, ornaments, signs, t-shirts, pillows and coffee mugs. Often along with her fanciful strawberries, Angie will sneak in a bee or two adding that extra playful quality. This year is shaping up to be extremely busy for Angie as she will be participating as a vendor in this month’s Florida Strawberry Festival. Surprisingly she is one of the few, if not only, artists who will be displaying and selling strawberry themed artwork. Angie’s art will also be on display for the month of February at the Bruton Memorial Library. Not to be overlooked is her series, “Angels Among Us”. Angie has a deep love and passion in reaching out a helping hand to the homeless population. In her artwork, she paints those she has made connections with by rendering them in the most loving and humane way. Seeing these series of paintings begs of us to ask the question - do we really see the Angels among us, those who are often overlooked and not seen for the beautiful humans they are? The artwork of Angie Klein is a deep reflection of the beautiful person she is inside and out. To view more of her artwork you can visit her Facebook or Instagram page @AngieKleinArt or her website @www.angiekleinart.com.