Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Arts for ACT Gallery Exhibit Opening September 6, 2013 Meet Dr. Kyra Belan, Lynne Reinas and Suzanne Mikulka

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for September 2013.  This month, ACT Gallery will feature “Scared Ladies” by Dr. Kyra Belan in the main gallery also showing off the main gallery will be Lynne Reinas and Suzanne Mikulka.
"Mary M" part of the Scared Ladies Series by Dr. Kyra Belan

Dr. Kyra Belan artist, author, scholar, and a resident of Cape Coral will exhibit her oil and acrylic paintings, drawings, digital art and mixed media artworks in the main gallery in September.  Belan has been exhibiting across the country and abroad for over two decades, as well as writing her books, articles in journals, creating installations and performance art, while teaching studio art and art history classes at Broward College. This artist received her BFA from Arizona State University, her MFA from Florida State University, and her EdD from Florida International University in fine arts, art history, and higher education. She travels to research, lecture or exhibit within the USA and abroad. Raised in Argentina, Belan is a US citizen.
Dr. Kyra Belan's "Durga & Kali"
Dr. Kyra Belan has developed a style for her two-dimensional works that she calls magic realism. She also researches world mythologies, and is inspired by “sacred ladies” featured in legends from prehistoric to contemporary times. She believes that myths, symbols, and archetypes enrich our lives, and should be present in the arts.  Inspired by the beauty of Nature, and the tales of the divine women, Dr. Belan believes that Mother Earth is sacred.  Belan received numerous awards, honors, and grants, and her artworks are in public and private collections. You can find her books in the libraries across the world, bookstores, college campuses, and amazon.com. You can view more information about the artist on her website at www.kyrabelan.com. During the September 6th opening, the artist will sign copies of her recently published book, Lucid Future.
Untitled by Lynne Reinas

Lynne Reinas filled her first sketchbook with drawings at age 8, but her lifelong love of art was not fully explored until retirement allowed her the opportunity to pursue it.  In 1975, she completed the course requirement to teach decorative ceramics - a phase of art she pursued for 10 years.  Much experimentation with other surfaces and mediums - furniture, gourds, fabric, walls - fulfilled her insatiable appetite for artistic expression.  Her works in watercolors, color pencil, acrylics, pen and oils depicts locations and creatures native to Florida as Lynne sees them.  She is currently working on a series of works entitled Conserve, Preserve & Protect to promote environmental consciousness.   You will find the words Conserve, Preserve & Protect embedded somewhere in each painting in the series.   Lynne’s artwork has been purchased and hangs in many residences throughout SW Florida.

Suzanne Mikulka is an artist, teacher and a breast cancer survivor!  Eight years ago, she moved here to begin a quiet retirement of sun and sand.  With brushes in hand, Suzanne had a purpose and a reason to get up, create and work through her battle with breast cancer.  she paints every day and teaches many times during the week.  She enjoys her students and shares their joy when their paintings are complete.   Suzanne’s paintings reflect the spirit and hope she experiences with every day she is given.
Untitled by Suzanne Mikulka

These exhibits continue through September 30, 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 gallery has featured artists, enjoy some local food and have a glass of wine, and engage in lively artful discussions.