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Turf Wars: Art Speaks for the Earth at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

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Four local photojournalists on display in Capital Gallery

The Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center hosts two incredible exhibits opening during Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m.
“Turf Wars: Art Speaks For The Earth” will feature a juried group exhibition and a collection of Clyde Butcher’s work that illuminates the beauty of Florida.
The Capital Gallery (upstairs) will showcase a photojournalist exhibition called “A Moment In Time” featuring Jamie Kuser, Amanda Inscore Whittamore, Andrew West and Kirk Erwin.
Weavers of Char-Lee members Rose Young and Marci Mills put out a call to artists to participate in a group show that focuses on the environment. This group of juried artwork will be juxtaposed with a collection of Clyde Butcher photographs entitled “Living Waters,” on loan from the Aquatic Preserve Society. Also included in the exhibition is a 60 foot installation titled “Currents of Destruction” that will be displayed on the exterior of Davis Art Center building.
The weavers guild and the general public created large fiber rings symbolizing cyano-bacteria pollution to call attention to the problem of water pollution in SW Florida and create a buzz about the exhibit inside.
Awards and prizes will be announced for the “Turf Wars” juried exhibition during opening night directly following a Trashion Fashion Show featuring recycled, repurposed, reimagined material that has been transformed into wearable art and accessories at 7:00 pm.

Patricia Turner

Also taking place to celebrate the month long exhibition are free workshops from 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday in November. On Nov. 6, join them for hands-on mural painting with Zan Lombardo titled “Way Will Open” help create a 4 foot x 30 foot environmental mural. On Nov. 13, be a part of an interactive lecture and discussion with Nobel Peace Prize winner; Dr. Terry Root titled “Climate Change And Global Warming.” And on Nov. 20, join Susan Hedge for “Principles Of Creation,” a gallery talk that relates artwork in the gallery to existence; the nature of things.
“Artists are calling attention to Mother Nature’s need for better stewardship. Local artwork cries for citizens to wake up, fight for change and better protect what we are losing in global warming, greenhouse gases, pollution and apathy. Opening night reception includes Trashion Fashion Show, demonstrating better use of trash into garments,” adds fiber artist Rose Young.
Fiber Art Walk on Nov. 1 in the River District highlights weaver, spinner and quilter demos along First Street in downtown Fort Myers with Zan Lombardo’s “Can-Man and Baggie Maggie” dancing down First Street to the Davis Art Center.

Andrew West

In the upstairs Capital Gallery, get an in depth look at some meaningful and historical images captured and take notice of the story being told in the exhibit “A Moment In Time.” Photojournalism is a different kind of art. Many of its creators do not see themselves as artists, but as truth-tellers who bristle at the notion that they could be creating salable art objects. Yet their work, is realism in its purest expression, straight from nature; it’s creative; it withstands the test of time; it moves us and inspires us to see things differently. The exhibit features works by photographers Jamie Kuser, Amanda Inscore Whittamore, Andrew West and videographer Kirk Erwin.
The Sidney and 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.

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