Arts for ACT Gallery & Boutique is featuring culturally-significant work by two generations of Baquero, the “Dead People for Sale” photography of Jamie Bendola and the impressionist oils and watercolors of local favorite Tracy Owen-Cullimore for this Friday night’s Art Walk.
For this exhibition, father and daughter tandem, Tiité and Kalon Baquero, will transform ACT’s main exhibition room into a place of earthy discovery that celebrates nature, humanity and cultural innovation. In a world of chaos and uncertainty, these two artists will bring hope, confidence, and the vigor necessary to overcome the challenges of a modern day world.
“Gallery visitors will become discoverers of the minute flora and fauna that constitute the environments that in turn, constitute us,” notes Arts for ACT in the press release announcing the exhibition. “Closer looks at these minute beings reveal an inspiring array of lifestyles, adaptations, and modes of survival that we humans might take great note of in the advancement of our own cultural strategies.”
After receiving a diagnosis of ovarian cancer two years ago that necessitated chemo, surgery and a complete abdominal hysterectomy that would have bankrupted her but for the financial support of her friends, 27-year-old Jamie Bendola founded FMCancer. The art-based nonprofit’s mission is simple: provide hope, humor, resources and grants to help young adults both fight cancer and survive the financial ruin it often leaves in its wake. Her new series entitled “Dead People For Sale To Keep People Alive” is a creative series of enhanced photography featuring mega-celebrities that have died. For more information, please visit fmcancer.org.
A long-time avid supporter of ACT, Tracy Owen-Cullimore is a member of the American Impressionists Society, Art League of Fort Myers, the Florida Watercolor Society, Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers Beach Art Association, the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of SW Florida and Sanibel/Captiva Art League. She was a long time acrylic student of the late Art Study founder, Gale Bennett, as well as Lucy Macherowski . She has also studied oil with national masters Rose Frantzen, CW Mundy, Quang Ho and Carolyn Anderson and watercolor under Pat Weaver and Janet Rogers.
“As an artist, my mission is to record moments in time with a personal perspective, not a direct reflection as a photograph would replicate,” states Tracy. “I am not the reporter with a camera, but the artist with a brush.”
Arts for ACT Gallery & Boutique is located at 2265 First Street, in the old Arcade Building in which Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone once watched early films with their wives and friends. The exhibits continue through November 30, 2012. For more information, please telephone 239-337-5050 or visit www.artsforactgallery.com.
[Please click here to see the full schedule of exhibits and events taking place Friday night in the River District for Fort Myers Art Walk.]