Monday, November 12, 2012

Abstraction, Realism and Cartoons at ACT Gallery in December 2012

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for December 2012.  This month, ACT Gallery will feature abstract multi-dimensional works of Katherine Boren, figurative painter, Ellen Sayet and the works of Doug MacGregor.  Abstraction, Realism, and Cartoons will be showcased this month to close the year 2012! Come downtown to view great art and support ACT Gallery and Boutique. 

"Morning" by Katherine Boren

Katherine Boren
Originally, from New York, Katherine Boren studied at New York University and The New School, graduating from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at solo, juried, group, and member shows in New York, California, and Florida.

Her current series of abstract work experiments with multiple mediums in two dimensions. By focusing on a monochromatic palette and utilizing a combination of non-traditional and found materials in unexpected ways, she emphasizes the reflection of light and the use of various textures, shapes, and different grades of color saturation.

To make original artwork more accessible to the public as well as to benefit ACT, the pieces in this exhibit offered at reduced prices for the holiday season.
See her work at
"Handy Apple" by Ellen Sayet

Ellen Sayet
Ellen loves to sketch and paint but they took a secondary position between two successful careers.  Now retired, the world of art has opened up as her primary focus. Self taught with an occasional drawing class, she enjoys painting realism with “an edge”.

Her figurative paintings are classic drawings with an inventive and creative side.  Most important is producing works of realism and figurative portraiture in oil and pastel, and capturing the mood, personality and inner soul of the subjects.

Doug MacGregor
Doug has been a professional cartoonist for over 32 years.  Local readers have seen his creative artwork in The News-Press for over two decades. He is also a local artist, lecturer and plays a mean blues harmonica.  Currently, Doug is Arts in Healthcare Coordinator for Lee Memorial Health Systems bringing art, music, storytelling and humor to patients and families in the area.

A 1979 graduate of Syracuse University, Doug began his cartooning career drawing sports cartoons for the Daily Orange student newspaper.  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Syracuse. In 1980 he moved to Eastern Connecticut and became editorial cartoonist for the
Norwich Bulletin. In 1988 he moved to Southwest Florida and became full-time editorial cartoonist for The News-Press until June of 2011.  He has also won several state and national awards for his cartoons. Doug is a member of both the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and
the society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Doug works in a variety of mediums. He uses watercolor pencils when he creates his cartoons and children’s book illustrations. Doug also loves to paint in oil and acrylic for charity events and for leisure.  Doug has self-published a number of children’s books including his most recent, Turtellini, The Turbo-Charge Turtle, and Rad Hair Day. His Get Creative, Turn On The Bright Side Of Your Brain is also a popular favorite among the young and young at heart who need to stay creatve.

Check out Doug’s website:

These exhibits continue to Wednesday, January 2, 2013.  

 Arts for ACT Gallery provides a quality, contemporary exhibition gallery featuring original art, limited edition prints, giclees, hand-crafted fine crafts, tee shirts, silver and glass bead jewelry, gourd art, raku, clay, and art cards. It is a “must see” destination for all art lovers and collectors, providing a unique opportunity for everyone to learn and enjoy art.  Highlighting the art of the current featured artist, the front gallery, reminiscent of galleries in SoHo, has 12 to 16 foot high ceilings, distressed brick walls, and warm wooden floors. It is a great opportunity to meet the   featured artists, enjoy some local food and have a glass of wine, and engage in lively artful repartee.