Perhaps Kermit is the highest paid amphibian in show biz, but he has nothing over sculptor Tim Cotterill's bronze frog pieces, which sell to the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg, and David Hasselhoff at up to $8,000 a pop. The smallest frog fits in the palm of your hand. The largest is around four feet long ("Big Bill," aptly named after the artist's hulking father, who was a big man).
As a child growing up in Leicester, England, Cotterill was obsessed with frogs, but his work really took off when he moved to Venice Beach, California. "Coming from a very industrial region in England, I felt like a seed on concrete, and when I moved to California, my work just blossomed." Cotterill began making frogs in 1991; his business has doubled every year since. He creates 12 limited-edition designs a year. A team of employees then reproduces them for more than 50 galleries across the world. More than 60,000 frogs have sold since 1991.
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What's the artistic appeal of these slimy little creatures that haven't changed for millions of years? As the artist himself says, "The frogs have human-like characteristics. They are fanciful, stylish and they fit with almost any decor." This Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., the artist and his enigmatic frogs will make an appearance at Boca Raton's Pavo Real Gallery (6000 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Call 561-392-5521 or visit www.pavorealgallery.com. -- Mia Leonin
THU 4/10 Oh My G-d
Film looks at an age-old debate
While it might seem, especially in South Florida, that most closet doors have been kicked down, a few still remain deadbolted. The Women's Alliance of South Florida presents a screening of Trembling Before G-d as part of their Girls' Night Out Series. The film offers an insightful look at Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who must reconcile their beliefs with their homosexuality, and it critiques the clash of political and personal views in a religion which continues to stubbornly resist the sexual revolution. Malka, one of the film's stars, will answer questions after the screening on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $7, with proceeds benefiting the Women's Alliance. Call 954-525-3456 or 954-326-8335. -- Audra Schroeder