Arts for ACT Gallery will hold an opening reception Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. for surrealist Del Holt in the main gallery, and artists Tom Breckenridge and Kate Swanstrom in the white gallery. Additionally, ACT co-op artists and volunteers will also be displaying a variety of Valentine art.
Del Holt, a fine artist and illustrator, was educated in Sweden, Hawaii, California, Arizona and Ohio. He spent more than 10 years teaching art in Arizona and California, and his impressive body of work includes mural, graphic design projects, album and book covers, furniture, and various painting media.
Holt paints his creatures, which range from dogs, to birds to monkeys, within familiar and almost human settings. His canvases refer to our world, often in whimsical and thought-provoking ways. Holt’s art can be found in the impressive collections of Malcom Forbes, Jan Goodall, William Paley, John Houseman and H. David.
Tom Breckenridge was born in in Keosauqua, Iowa, but he grew up in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Immediately after high school, he went into the Marine Corps. His art styles reflect having traveled to 17 countries and five continents. In 2016, Tom brought his art skills to the SW Florida area. It is here he became a full time self-taught artist. He learned his unique style of color and composition using acrylics as his medium.
Kate Swanstrom is a contemporary artist, American born abroad and a world traveler. Kate has been to Africa, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Mexico and all over the U.S. Inspired by gemstones and graduated from Gemology Institute of America. Kate would allow her artistic side to shine even when creating jewelry for competitions.
Now that she is retired from the jewelry industry, Kate has been able to focus on her lifelong dream of creating art. This exhibit continues to Monday, March 1.
The gallery is located at 2265 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. The gallery can be reached at 239-337-5050.