The Alliance for the Arts invites the public to its opening art reception for We Contain Multitudes on Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The free event features works by both Deb Zwetsch and Zan Lombardo. Light refreshments will be provided.
Deb Zwetsch and Zan Lombardo built a relationship as collaborative artists to specifically create the works for this show. They have “channeled multitudes” together, harnessing watercolor paints and liquid silk dyes to create works of imbibition.
Elusive skunk apes peer between the trunks of pines, saw palmettos and bald cypress trees. A veritable yearbook of character portraits of local mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects is juxtaposed with a litany of leftovers from the trauma of Hurricane Ian. The moon in all its phases is featured as it influences all creatures and phenomena of the natural world. Human figures wear the silken skins of other beings as they interact with them, whether that be listening to the choruses of frogs in the rain, considering the fecundity of a rookery, facing the imposing mass of a brown bear, darting from the silver spears of mullet schools, or gasping at a graceful nest of snakes. The artists show them embodied, not separate.
“Collaboration is not to be undertaken by the weak or faint of heart,” both artists said in a statement for the exhibition. “Collaborative struggle has required enormous amounts of flexibility and integrity. The result is concrete, visible evidence that channeling the creation together is possible. The artists’ intentions are for their artworks to embrace this resplendence and acknowledge that life is overwhelmingly abundant and well worth their effort, laughter, and tears. They remind us to be humble and to keep expanding out into the universe.”
John Rizza will be featured in the theatre gallery. The member gallery will showcase the students of Terry Lynn Spry. She has been a dedicated painting instructor at the Alliance for the Arts for several years.
Receptions are open to the public and do not require tickets or reservations. While gallery admission is free, a $5 suggested donation keeps AFTA programming affordable and accessible. Call 239-939-2787 for details.
The exhibits will be on view from Feb. 2 – 24 at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Visit artinlee.org for more info.