The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center announces two art exhibitions opening at Art Walk on Friday, Jan. 6.
Paint Slinger by artist Lynn Davison will be on display in the downstairs Grand Atrium of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Upstairs in the Capital Gallery, an exhibit called shhh… quiet by artist Ran Adler will be featured.
Opening for both exhibitions will be Jan. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Growing up in Bradenton, artist Lynn Davison attended Ringling School of Art in Sarasota and remembers dropping her mother off at work at the Ringling Museum which became a major influence, still picturing the Rubens’ cartoons in the main room and the Rembrandts in other rooms today. Supporting her studies and honing her skills as a summer quick-sketch artist at an Ohio midway, Davison strives for visual tension expressed through the reaching, groping, and agonizing of angular anatomy – knees, knuckles, and wrists.
The human figure has always been the major focus of her paintings. For Davison, only rarely are other subjects able to impart the power and energy of the nude figure. The recipient of many awards, including the 2021 First Prize, National Competition, Butler Museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio, Davison’s works are included in numerous Florida public and corporate collections, and will be featured in the downstairs Grand Atrium.
Upstairs in the Capital Gallery, shhhh…quiet is based on thoughtful meditation while contemplating and absorbing 108 words stitched on linen. Naples-based assemblage artist Ran Adler breathes new life into natural materials, applying principles of meditation and environmentalism. Working intentionally with beloved materials, Adler finds beauty in life and art. Drawn to Nature’s roughness, randomness and disorder, Ran Adler takes a meditative approach to life and his art.
His gathering of organic materials (while wandering such places as along the banks of the Mississippi River) is the inspirational first step. Ran’s rhythmic, repetitive process of sorting, cutting, weaving, threading, burning and inscribing induces a prayer-like state and clarifies his intention…to share the harmonious transformation of chaos into order. Through his iconic assemblages, that purpose is achieved. There will be an assortment of other suggestions within the gallery that will invite viewers to be quiet and suggest a contemplative state of mind, providing an opportunity for peace, stillness, and reflection so rare to find in today’s world, yet so necessary to seek.
Both shows will be on display through Jan. 25. 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 www.sbdac.com