Imagine, the fine arts and fine craft gallery at 38 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, will feature watercolors by Christi Sobel throughout July.

The exhibition opens 6 to 9 p.m. July 5, as part of Skaneateles’ First Friday art walk. Refreshments will be provided, along with entertainment by the Usual Suspects.

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In addition to being a painter and printmaker, Sobel, of Brooktondale, is a scientific illustrator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and biology at Eastern College (St. Davids, Pa.) and a graduate certificate in scientific illustration at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“My work reflects what I find beautiful and interesting in the creation around us, bringing attention to details that might otherwise go unnoticed,” she says. ”It has given me a taste for travel, and a great collection of memories of beautiful places.”

Sobel has worked at and been published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London; taught art classes in a small village in the Central Plateau of Haiti; and painted murals and created illustrations for environmentally conscious organizations.

“I love it when my pen is my passport to travel,” she says.

Recent clients include Audubon, Acorn Designs, the Ithaca Sciencenter, ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, and the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Imagine is located in the lakeside village of Skaneateles, nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. It represents artists from across the country and Canada, along with many Central New York artists, to create one of the most diverse contemporary art collections in the area.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (315) 685-6263 or go to or