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FMHS students, Maria Collier exhibits at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

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The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center announces two art exhibitions that will open at Art Walk on Friday, April 7.
Fort Myers High School International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Exhibition, an annual student artists group show, will be on display in the downstairs Grand Atrium of the art center. Upstairs in the Capital Gallery, Sounds & Color by artist Maria Collier will be featured.
Opening night for both exhibitions will be April 7 from 6 – 10 p.m. including live music under the stars by 3HR Tour from 7 – 11 p.m. at Sidney’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden.
Fort Myers High School returns for the 2023 International Baccalaureate Senior Visual Arts Exhibition, showcasing the creativity of 38 students. During the past two years, these students have created unique works of art and explored the works of historical and contemporary artists, investigated critical theories in art, and created extensive documentation of their art-making processes in a series of sketchbook entries. The multi-talented students are proud to showcase works of art created in fulfillment of the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts requirements. The artworks presented at the Davis Art Center explore a wide range of visual media including traditional and digital photography, acrylic and oil painting, pen and ink, printmaking, fiber arts, sculpture, ceramics and more.

Maria Collier

Maria Collier is a Colombian-born artist who has lived on the coast of SW Florida for over 40 years. She began painting on canvas after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. The healing that occurred from being aligned with her true passion comes across in the joyful colors she uses in her work. Maria is an intuitive artist driven by music, her muse and inspiration. She uses music and dance as a guide in choosing her vibrant and lively color palette. The pieces are poured and scraped, and go from the floor to the easel, and back again. She builds layer upon layer, relying on the interaction of each to create an unanticipated relationship of color and texture. She uses door stops, trowels, foam brushes, or floor and window squeegees along with the music playing in her studio to help bring life to all her work, allowing the surprise of small moments and unexpected detail to come through.
Both art exhibitions will be on display through April 28. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.
For more information, call 239-333-1933 or visit the website at www.sbdac.com

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