People found refuge from the cold weather Thursday evening in the warmth of The Foundry Coffee House during the opening reception of the "Flora//Fauna" art show.

"Flora//Fauna" is a juried show featuring artists of varying mediums. Artists were asked to explore the complex infrastructure of animals and plants; the symbiosis of some, the predatory nature of others; and the way life is continually recycled.

Artist Micah Lewis was the guest juror for the show.

"I wanted to work on a call for art and get lots of people involved to do a group show to give those artists more contacts and opportunities," she said.

Instead of artists submitting a piece for the show, Lewis asked them to submit portfolios so she could get a feel for their work; if they were chosen, they would create art around the theme.

Lewis said she was nervous about not knowing what the art would be until after the artists were selected, but enjoyed getting to develop a story for the show with the pieces submitted.

Of the 57 artists who entered, 19 were chosen, and Lewis herself also created a custom piece for the show.

"I didn't want to limit it to just sculptures or just acrylics because the Tyler art scene isn't just one medium — there are so many people with different voices, and I felt like this show could be brought to life with many different perspectives," Lewis said.

Entries included drawings, photographs, sculptures, mixed media pieces, paintings and more.

"It really is cool to watch the process of how this art show came together and to watch the art scene in Tyler grow," said photographer Amanda Cirigliano, one of the artists in the show.

Select pieces by the artists are available for purchase. "Flora//Fauna" will be on view through Feb. 13 in The Foundry Coffee House Gallery.

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