Encounter II will be showing in the Grand Atrium and Carded: Miniature Masterpieces IV will be featured in the Capital Gallery at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in August. The opening night reception takes place during Art Walk on Friday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Encounter II: Seven Contemporary Cuban Artists Exhibition is composed of artwork from creators of different aesthetic tendencies, expressing moods, feelings and points of view on dissimilar subjects. Diverse interests about the artist’s surroundings, everyday issues, landscapes and objects that have caught their attention have been captured in their art.
The focus of this encounter is on variants of artistic expressions, shining a light on the beautiful diversity of trends and the various ways of assuming art. Participating artists are Aimee Perez, Rigoberto Mena, Lia Galletti, Ismael Gomez Peralta, Asbel Dumpierre, Armando Perez Aleman and Victor Gomez. All of them now live in Miami, bringing with them a strong Cuban influence in their work.
Carded: Miniature Masterpieces IV, a group exhibition curated by Cesar Aguilera, will be showing upstairs. Although miniature art has been in existence for centuries tracing its heritage back to the illustrated manuscripts of scribes in the Far East and Europe prior to the 15th century, the origin of the modern trading card is associated with cigarette cards first issued by the U.S.-based Allen and Ginter tobacco company in 1875. They were the precursors of the sports cards and other trading cards. Artist Ndola Pensy introduced the artist trading card idea to Southwest Florida in 2017 with great reception among artists, and this new tradition was born.
Sidney’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden will be open to the public during Art Walk from 6 p.m. to midnight. Havy Rodriguez from the Miami Splash Band will be performing live at Sidney’s from 7-11 p.m. Rodriguez is a Cuban born singer, songwriter, guitar player, bass player and percussionist that fuses Latin and American music.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. For more info, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.