The Marquetry Group of South Florida (MGSF)

The Marquetry Group of South Florida (MGSF), formally dissolved in 2003, was comprised of a small group of dedicated members. Their number never exceeded 25, and further declined to only a few in recent years, due to the inability of some to drive. Over the years, members produced many pictures, but not as many as they would have liked. The "show and tell" portion of their meetings was especially enjoyed, when pictures were sometimes critiqued. More talented members demonstrated techniques perfected in their continual pursuit of more professional work. The Group sponsored many local shows and displays. A highlight each year was the Annual Picnic, which afforded the wives an opportunity to view the work of all members.

Members and wives attending the Group's Annual December Picnic at Del Porter's, Boca Raton, and Morikami Park, Delray Beach, Florida.

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The Florida state seal was a project undertaken by the Group for presentation to the State of Florida. The seal itself is 24" in diameter and is mounted on a 3/4" piece of veneer-covered plywood. The picture itself consists of four segments, made by four individuals, and the border was constructed in about six segments by as many individuals. All pieces were assembled and mounted by one member and the entire picture sanded and finished by another. In all, 15 members participated in the project. The completed piece was presented to State Senator Robert Wexler in 1991, and now hangs in the office of Congressman Wexler in Washington, D.C. Below, MGSF members attending a regular meeting of the Group. Clockwise: Jim Lynch, David Zabielski, Ben Glazer (in picture on right); Fred Kerridge (Visitor from East Yorkshire, England), Walt Hammers (in picture on left), Edmund Treciokas, Frank DeVita, Al Koslow.

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