Thursday, August 16, 2012

September Artists bring Classical Painting, Abstraction and Collage

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for September 2012.  This month, ACT Gallery will feature Jamie L. Golob, Collagist, Dale Weber and Troy Thomas. These creative artists should not be missed.  Come downtown and support ACT Gallery and Boutique.  

Arts for ACT Gallery's Boutique will be featured in the Davis Art Center's Fashion Show on September 7th during Art Walk starting at 7 pm. Come down and see the great fashion items available at our boutique. 

Jamie Golob earned her BFA from Eastern Michigan University and has trained privately in the area of Classical Realism. Her work can be found and has been shown throughout the states.  Jamie pursues her passion as an award winning artist and teacher instructing art/life-drawing and painting workshops abroad. Ms. Golob is affiliated with community outreach efforts and champions fine arts programs in southwest Florida. She is currently the Education Director for Lee County’s Alliance for the Arts and Co-Executive Director of the Southern Atelier in Sarasota Florida. 
Jamie Golob Artist Statement:
“My work is inspired by my impressions of life- the good the bad and the ugly. As I continue to grow not only as a person but as an artist I find myself seeing more and more that in one way or another - everything is connected. I have this sense of urgency in trying to define and understand the world and people around me. There are times that I feel as though being able to express myself through my painting is my only true way of reaching out and belonging to something bigger and complete. I view the arts as a place where all people come together, even if for just one instant, not for any other reason than the simple joy and appreciation of beauty and expression. We may all find something different for ourselves from the very same piece. The greatest thing of all is that beauty in art can be so many things, a certain color or fleeting brush stroke can bring back a memory, a thought, an image of childhood. Sometimes the best memories are even the sad ones. Sad for a while but happy in that they simply must be. Some of my work has a definite subject matter and at times is more abstract in thought- but always expressive. When I paint it is my time to let out my interpretations of what I've seen and have experienced. I find a definite connection between positive and negative in life and so in my art as well. It's the spirit of life that I wish to capture. Happy compliments sorrow just as blue does orange. Turbulent times and days of rest stumble across our paths like multi dimensional textures and sheens of brilliance or opalescence. It's the variety in life and art that ultimately give it harmony. This is something I've purposely sought to include. I find that, as many, I am at times a person of habit. Repetition and a hint of consistency, I feel often, keep me sane. I use patterns and color literally in my work to function as the underlying stability of any situation we may be faced with in life. Sometimes, when life is being particularly tough, this can be our salvation. My hope is that it in my reaching out with every piece I will find common ground with many who can share in my love.” ~ Jamie Golob

Troy Thomas a local artist based in Fort Myers, has been dabbling in art since he was a child.  However, it wasn’t until after returning from a combat mission to Iraq in 2004 that he got serious about creating paintings and other art.  Troy moved to Southwest Florida in 2005 and immediately started getting involved in the local art scene.  He often experiments in other genres of art, but his main passion lies in paintings.  Many of his works include vibrant colors.  His current series of paintings are heavily influenced by geometric abstraction.

Dale Weber's found object assemblages and collages reflect his interest in the eastern aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi combined with his personal view of reincarnation. Since all matter is energy, he feels the inanimate is also destined to lead subsequent lives. He senses that hidden purpose of each bit of refuse he finds and cultivates its new growth. When asked about his process, he replies, "If I listen carefully the relic will speak not of its past but of its possibilities." Under his guidance, its previous life disappears as it takes on a new role.  When dissimilar pieces are enjoined in conversation, individual contexts disappear creating new meanings. Sometimes philosophical; sometimes whimsical; always uniquely different.

September Art Exhibits continue through Monday, October 1, 2012.

Remember ~ Buy at ACT and Save or Change a LIFE! 

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