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FMHS students, Mariapia Malerba exhibits at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

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The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will showcase two new art exhibitions in February. The opening reception takes place on Friday, Feb. 7 during Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m.
Fort Myers High School presents the 2020 International Baccalaureate Senior Visual Arts Exhibition, showcasing the creativity of 48 students. During the past two years, students have not only created unique works of art, they have also explored the works of historical and contemporary artists, investigated critical theories in art, and have created extensive documentation of their art making processes in a series of sketchbook entries.
Students will be presenting works of art created in fulfillment of their 2019 International Baccalaureate Visual Arts requirements. Works presented will explore a wide range of visual media including traditional and digital photography, acrylic and oil painting, printmaking, fiber arts, sculpture, ceramics, and more.

Mariapia Malerba

Showing on the second floor in the Capital Gallery is the most recent work of creative artist Mariapia Malerba, using a technique that is inspired by shodo; a Japanese word used for the art of calligraphy.
Malerba says, “Shodopia is a fusion of the way I paint and the philosophy of the Japanese calligraphy where I explore the connection between east and west culture. A work of shodo is considered a work of art, I am fascinated and inspired by shodo and the zen philosophy behind it.” She makes her own technique “Shodopia” using a tool of common use, the broom.
Inspired by the size of the art gallery, Malerba decided to completely cover all of its walls. Her solo exhibit will feature 208 feet of artwork. She has created an impactful visual, a storytelling about nature and the extinction of animals.
Both shows will be on display through Feb. 28.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. For more info, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239 333 1933

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