In August, DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is showcasing the art of textile artist Kasara Castell Whelan.
The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk. The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, Aug. 28.
Castell Whelan is an Artist feltmaker and a Texture lover. She is a member of the NEFG (Northeast Feltmaker Guild) and has a background in art and sales. She has a degree in Etching (Aguafuerte) and Textile Design. The artist has been living and working in USA for 22 years, finally settling in Southwest Florida.
After organizing Peru and India exhibitions back in birth country of Argentina, Castell Whelan discovered her true rooted passion for Tapestries. From weaving to felting and recently paper, she plugged herself to find ways to express her emotions and love through this style of art. Her life wasn’t exactly a path of roses, as she explains; finding ways to learn new techniques wasn’t an easy task.
Most of the art the artist displays is self-taught and created via hours of trial and error.
“I’ve been fortunate to take lessons from great teachers throughout my life that have truly impacted my learning in a positive way and helped guide my development when life took sudden turns,” says the artist, who also has an avid interest in reading and learning about old civilizations and their mystics ways.
“Learning how they [old civilizations]viewed life hundreds of years ago, the circumstances they faced and the knowledge they passed on to generations to come are topics that constantly inspire me to create new art that is normally concealed in my work,” says Castell Whelan.
DAAS Co-Op Art Gallery & Gifts is located at 1815 Fowler St. in the Butterfly Estates complex in downtown Fort Myers. The gallery’s business hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information about the venue can be found at www.daascoop.com or by calling 239-590-8645.