The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center offers two spine-tingling art exhibitions in October.
Syzygy’s Dark Art 2020, a group exhibition, will be featured in the Grand Atrium. In the Capital Gallery on the second floor, a solo show by Tonya Barnes entitled The Divine End, will be on display. The opening reception takes place during Art Walk on Friday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. All ages are welcome, however the burlesque act starting at 9 p.m. is an 18 an older show.
The Syzygy Collaborative Art Project presents its 4th annual Dark Art exhibition. This show features the very finest and most notorious collection of juried artwork in Southwest Florida, all dedicated to the spirit of horror, macabre and darkness during the Halloween season.
The Divine End introduces a new collection of works by Tonya Barnes that pertains to the life we are currently living with connected collaboration pieces based on the dark & excitable. Many of these handmade pieces are created without a plan.
Photography is the second stage of her art with the overall goal to instill emotion. Tonya hopes when you see this side of her world is that you will question why she saw what she did – question her reasoning and discover how it relates to your own life. Inspired by the dark and mysterious, Tonya appreciates non-mainstream music, art and social life, avoiding the news and TV like the plague.
Her photography is often done in stages; create or find curious items, work it into a theme, then photograph and edit. Most people describe her work as “moody” and “dark”, something for conversations over coffee or a snifter of brandy and a loosely lit cigar. She’s much inspired by the ‘20s and ‘30s, chunky rhinestone necklaces from Czechoslovakia, vintage horror movies and mythical creatures like Mermaids & Faun. The Divine End is about change and prophecy. It’s about how our lives are connected and where we may end up if we don’t accept the bad with the good and strive for something more celestial.
As always, the opening reception will be an immersive experience with music, live performances, live art, and entertainment in addition to spectacularly spooky original art. Costumes and masks are encouraged.
Both shows will be on display through Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in downtown Fort Myers.
For more information, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.