The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center announces two art exhibitions opening during Art Walk on Friday, Feb. 2. Where the Desert Meets the Sea by artist Heidi Love Larraz will be featured in the downstairs Grand Atrium and the show, Ella, by artist Cecilia Valadez will be on display in the upstairs Capital Gallery.
Heidi is a realist artist with a slight hint of surrealism. Her work is most often inspired by the natural world, for it is there, in the outdoors, where she has found the majestic subjects that captivate her most. Seen in her work is the sublime power and beauty of nature, often used as metaphor. After graduating from Prescott College in 1991, Heidi began almost immediately working as an intern for the renowned sculptor and master potter, Heath Krieger whose approach to his art and teaching is rooted in Japanese tradition, focusing on constant repetition, detachment from ego, and the continual awareness of shape. Heidi’s artistic trajectory shifted into painting a decade later. She began exploring with drawing, watercolor, and oil, and eventually started studying and learning from Cuban artist Julio Larraz.
For this show, Heidi brings together her impressions of two ecosystems- the high-country deserts of Arizona and Colorado in contrast to the tropical and lush ecosystem of Florida, representing their beauty on large canvases.
Cecilia is a Mexican contemporary artist living in Southwest Florida. Her paintings provide an extraordinary insight into human nature, especially women, which has been the central theme of her work. The woman as the main figure is the subject and the center of her works and is expressed in integrated textures and monochromatic tones. In these forms of expression, she evokes extraordinary visions and transitions of life as the main inspiration, influenced and touched by the new life that she chose to live.
Opening night for both exhibits will be Feb. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. including music under the stars at Sidney’s Rooftop featuring the Kelly Neff Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Both exhibitions will be on display through Feb. 23. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the Fort Myers River District. For more info, call 239-333-1933 or visit www.sbdac.com