Arts for ACT Gallery will feature the work of MiMi Stirn and Kim Kraft Beckler in November. The gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk
MiMi Stirn’s cherished tools are knives. However, she is a resin art master. Both knives and the resin are unforgiving yet clear and finite when used. Working within the acrylic family is enjoyable for her but working with modeling paste and resin is where the art begins; free form and each application is a form of sculpting. What she loves best about creating art is the freedom of expression without fear of consequence. When Stirn can say her work has turned out well, it is the moment when she can return to the finished piece over the course of several days and repeatedly be transported into the picture itself.
MiMi’s style centers on both working in circular and straight-line motions while respecting Fibonacci sequences in the placement of each element. Bright light, layers of color, and use of metallic pigments are her standard. What she does differently from what she was taught is dirty brushing. Her brushes & knives during the painting process are usually lapped with new colors without washing. The blends are one of a kind. MiMi Stirn brings art is pure symbolism and surrealism embodied in 2D mixed media resins. Stirn holds her degree in business and art from the University of Phoenix and is a certified marketing strategist through Cornell University. When not in the studio, Stirn is a business consultant for the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Kim Kraft Beckler is a naïve artist that has won numerous awards. She is trained in commercial art. Her works are in corporate, personal and celebrity collections here and abroad. She paints on canvas, gourds and furniture.
Come view these creative artworks from the guest artists and support ACT Gallery. This exhibit continues through Monday, Dec. 2. Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. For more details, call 239-337-5050.