Get out your calendar. If you have an interest in getting exposed to the best fine art that southwest Florida has to offer, then you’re going to be real busy come January.
It all starts in Arcadia on January 9th from 2-4 p.m. That’s when “GALLERY 122 WEST” is holding a reception for painter Michael Vires who is best known for the mural he painted in downtown Punta Gorda titled Cattle Drive Down Marion Avenue, 1903.
On Thursday, January 13th, internationally-renowned Chicagoan E.J. Paprocki will be at DeBruyne Fine Art at 275 Broad Street South in old Naples for the start of a one-man show of his evocative plein air landscapes and figurative oils.
The next day, a one-woman show starts up the road at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the Lee campus of Edison State College. It defies logic that any gallery, regardless of size, is big enough to contain New York artist Marylyn Dintenfass’ works. If you have doubts, then drive by the 5-story Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage on MLK Jr. Boulevard in downtown Fort Myers where her 30,000 square-foot tribute to the automobile, Parallel Park, has just been installed.
Friday, January 14th, is also opening night for “Dali: Master of Surrealism” at New River Fine Art, located at 600 Fifth Avenue South in Naples. This not-to-be-missed show contains rare original watercolors, graceful drawings and etchings that span the master’s early impressionist, transitional surrealist and later classical periods.
At Gardner Colby Gallery at 386 Broad Street South in Olde Naples, Kevin Sloan’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” one-man show starts on January 20th. Sloan’s highly-coveted magical realism combines vivid imagination and allegorical storytelling with subjects ranging from exotic animals, birds and Monarch butterflies to oranges, pears and unusual botanicals.
A reception for figurative impressionist Andre Kohn will be held from 6-9 p.m. on January 21st at Shaw Gallery, located at 761 Fifth Avenue South in Naples. In a time dominated by Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, Kohn has expertly captured the complexity as well as the simplicity and dynamism of the human form in the dancers he portrays in Al Compas del Corazon, Rooftop Tango, and his charcoal, Noches de Buenos Aires.
The month ends with two stellar exhibits, the Jenness Cortez Homage at DeBruyne Fine Art (1/27) and Ramon Pujol’s one-man show at Weatherburn Gallery (1/28).
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