Saturday, July 20, 2013

August 2013 Exhibits at Arts for ACT Gallery in the River District

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, August 2, 2013 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for August 2013.  This month, ACT Gallery will feature the art of Illustrator Joe Lemay, Photographer and Naïve Painter Cheryl Hucke and the mother and daughter duo exhibit of Christina and Carol Machula.
Joe LeMay was born and raised in the Midwest, Joe made the move down to Southwest Florida in 1998. In 2004 he went to study art in Savannah, Georgia where he graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. After getting his Bachelor of Fine Arts he returned to Fort Myers and began working in freelance illustration.  His freelance work has included children’s book illustration, logo design, poster design and comic strip illustration. The majority of this work is typified by oddball characters both fictional and right out of pop culture, infused with a humorous and satirical tone.  His gallery work blends elements of his illustration background with an abstract expressionistic style.  Subjects in the paintings exist within a world of bleeding colors that serve as a virtual playground for a variety of characters and creatures.  It is a take on illustration that places some traditional subject matter and characters in a non traditional physical environment.

Joe is currently living and working out of Fort Myers, Florida.
"Friendship" by Joe LeMay
Cheryl Hucke has a degree in graphic design. She worked for many years as a floral designer.  She is greatly inspired by nature.  She mainly paints with acrylics and enjoys photography.  Cheryl will be featured off the main gallery, this exhibit will feature both photography and naïve paintings.    
"Glassy Waters" by Cheryl Hucke

Mother and daughter duo exhibit, Christina and Carol Machula will be featured in the white gallery room.  Christina Machuca is a new artist to southwest Florida.  From Evansville, Indiana, Christina received her Bachelor’s degree in Art from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 2006.  Christina has always found inspiration in music.  Over the years, Christina has experimented with a wide variety of mediums and subject matter, but has found that she enjoys using acrylic on canvas the most due to her rapid method of painting. Christina uses a bold color palette to transform even the most somber, dark, or dilapidated subject matter into vibrantly colored pieces.
"Flowers" by Christina Machuca

Mother, Carol Machuca has been experimenting with art since childhood.  She has exhibited in several galleries in southern Indiana. Carol has found much pleasure and inspiration from all the masters, as well as fellow local artists, but the most inspiring have been her daughter Christina.  Carol's favorite medium is acrylic on canvas. Though her passion is flowers, she also enjoys lizards, birds, and occasionally an abstract thrown into the mix.
"Lizard" by Carol Machuca

These exhibits continue through September 2, 2013.