In the month of June, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is celebrating Pride month and featuring the art of LGBTQ+ member artist Spencer Elles.
The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, June 4 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk.
The exhibition will be on display through June 26.
Spencer Elles is a multifaceted queer artist currently residing in Fort Myers. In addition to being being a full-time videographer, musical artist and online content creator, he has been a working digital illustrator since 2003, originally specializing in graphic illustrations for band merchandise, album art and event flyers. After coming out as an openly gay artist in his early 20’s, he has since been creating a large body of homo-erotic works that he proudly displays alongside the non-sexually charged pieces of his portfolio. He openly sites most of his artistic inspiration from his “nerdy” love of anime, video games, punk-culture and gay Japanese adult comics.
The concept behind this exhibition titled “uhhhh… I guess this is my art show or whatever. (AKA the duality of man) yes… that’s the full title” is to display the juxtaposition of what he describes as “the 2 sides of his brain”- the silly, uplifting, cheeky little punk kid he is at heart and the “sexually-charged” that lies beneath it all, often exemplified thru his lyrics as a gay rap artist.
Also in June, the classes hosted by published author Winslow E. Dixon continue. Topics include book publishing, selfcare and homeopathic home living, among others. For a class schedule and sign-up link visit www.daascoop.com/events.
The gallery invites all Southwest Florida art collectors, supporters and enthusiasts to join us for the opening reception on June 4. DAAS Co-Op is located at 1815 Fowler St., in the Butterfly Estates complex in Fort Myers. The gallery’s temporary business hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information about the venue or how to become a member can be found at www.daascoop.com or by calling 239-590-8645.