Arts for ACT Gallery features Amanda Zirzow

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The Arts for ACT Gallery will showcase the original artwork of Amanda Zirzow during her first solo exhibition themed “A Starry Night in May.” The opening reception will be Friday, May 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at ACT Gallery and Amanda’s artwork will be on display during the entire month of May.
Amanda Zirzow is a prolific, self-taught artist and an Arts for ACT Gallery member artist and volunteer. Her bold, colorful, expressionist style of artwork is inspired by encounters from wildlife and her scuba diving adventures.
Combined with her unique style, she washes her subjects with texture and colors only found in her imagination. Her high-contrast style with bright colors and bold outlines draws the viewer in and sparks that wow factor.
Additionally, much of Amanda’s art is framed with hand-built wood frames constructed from discarded crab and lobster traps that add a unique, one-of-a-kind look and texture that are as original and unique as the art it encloses.
“Studying the life and works of Van Gogh has been a huge inspiration for me to chase my dreams and work hard,” says Amanda. A Starry Night in May will feature new original artwork with creatures from the land and sea under the setting of the Starry Night, inspired by one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings.
Since graduating from George Mason University with a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences in 2011, Amanda has worked in research labs as a biologist and taught college biology, genetics, and microbiology.
When Amanda moved to Florida in 2016, she worked at Florida SouthWestern State College teaching and managing science laboratories. The natural beauty of South Florida and the wonderful art community encouraged Amanda to paint at every opportunity.
When the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a quarantine, she turned to her first love and passion in life, art. Amanda loves helping others and when she found out she could make a difference in the lives of others by sharing her art and raising money through the sales of her art, she knew this was her path.
Amanda founded Zirzow Gallery, a digital art gallery to showcase and sell her original artwork, in March 2020. In January 2021, she made the move to follow her dreams to pursue a career as a full-time professional artist.
Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First St. in Downtown Fort Myers. For more information, visit


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