Three thought-provoking, educational and celebratory exhibits by women and about women using quilts, mixed media and paint will be featured at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Feb. 4 – 23.
The “Women Take Issue” exhibit features the work of Patricia Anderson Turner, Fran Gardner and Beau Wild.
In the conservatory; Her Story and the Our Story collections, will be featured showcasing two nationally traveling quilt collections that illustrate strong women throughout history, curated by Susanne Miller Jones.
Featured in the Capital Gallery on the second floor will be highlights from the “Female Spirit” exhibit featuring Linda Hoffmeister and Katty Smith.
The opening night receptions take place during Art Walk on Friday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. Adding to the female talent that evening, Sheena Brook will be performing live music at Sidney’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden from 7 to 10 p.m. The shows will be on display through Friday, Feb. 23.
Like women around the nation and across the globe, Patricia Anderson Turner of Charlotte Harbor woke up four years ago to a reality that women’s voices were not being heard. Determined to change that, an idea began to form to find a platform where women could speak loudly and be heard clearly. Using art as this voice, Turner called on her friends, female artists of all media from many locations, to make pieces that express their concerns, their pride, and their history.
From each of their studios in multiple states from Florida to Ohio, the artists accepted Turner’s challenge to explore the slippery landscape of American politics, ownership of the female body, immigration, gun control, the accomplishments of women in history – any topic to which they wanted to give voice, perspective and context. Several of the artists will be present to greet visitors and discuss their work.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in downtown Fort Myers. For more info, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.