Join the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in celebrating Beth Carter Bell, one of Southwest Florida’s most prolific artists.
The “I’earth” exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an opening night reception with an artist meet and greet, cocktails and inspiring art in the grand atrium.
Since 2008, Beth Carter Bell has accrued a phenomenal body of work ranging from video, photography, sculpture, painting, installation and performance. As humanity is facing a survival challenge that we are not prepared for, we are confronting an alarming need for new ideas. Beth’s work springs to the front lines of our cultural and environmental crisis, to propose and illustrate a new, distinct, and altogether surprising role for the arts in the cultural evolution of humanity.
I’earth is a project that started in 2014 by Beth, which was inspired by the work of Tiite Baquero and particularly in reference to his work regarding his investigation into the role of art in the future of humanity and of all life on Earth. The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center is in for a landmark exhibit by artist Beth Carter Bell. As a two-time winner of the ever coveted “Berne’s Choice Award” at SBDAC, Beth has labored for the past six years in the preparation of the I’earth exhibit.
However, the timing for the exhibit could never have been more appropriate, considering the fact that humanity is going through a global pandemic and the U.S. is in an economic recession along with civil unrest and confrontation with authorities spread nationwide.
One reason why the I’earth exhibit is so timely is because it is about hope for humanity and it is a response to the state of the world. It is not a response with criticism and condemnation of what is happening, rather it is about how to move forward from here on. Beth believes that the culture that brought us to this point is not the culture that will lead us away from social, economic, and environmental disaster.
Her exhibit suggests that we, humanity, can and should evolve culturally towards a better version of ourselves with better stewardship of the planet and better relations between humanity and all of the other species who call planet earth home. Creatures, who like us, just want to live and have their place in the world.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the heart of the downtown Fort Myers River District. Always call ahead at 239-333-1933 or visit the website at www.sbdac.com to check for possible schedule changes.