Thursday, September 18, 2014

Danielle Branchaud - Sandra Yeyati - Marianne Cushing at ACT Gallery

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, October 03, from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for our October featured artists: “Disparate Forces” by Artist Danielle Branchaud and the photography of Sandra Yeyati.  Book signing with Marianne Cushing, “Mahalas Lane.”   This exhibit continues through November 3, 2014. 

Dissolve by Danielle Branchaud

In the Main Gallery – “Disparate Forces” An exhibition of selected works by Danielle Branchaud for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
“Disparate Forces” will try to convey Branchaud’s  work as contrasting forces within or without a person that affects the progress of our lives. Most of the artwork features the emotional and subconscious translation of such forces, be it violent and unbalanced or hopeful and uplifting. Regardless of where such reactions fall on the emotional spectrum, each is essential to the development of the human spirit.  “In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the purposes of the ACT program and gallery, Ive carefully chosen old and new works to reflect the issues presented. Although during the emotional development of a person there are bound to be obstacles, nothing compares to the onslaught of negative forces that occur to one who has been the recipient of violence, be it physical, sexual or mental. In honor of those who have overcome such obstacles, I present these works with written narratives to correlate to the illustration of that emotional progress; of the propensity for the human spirit to overcome such forces. I myself have only tasted the tiniest fraction of such negative forces; but I observe the ability of people, particularly women, to rise up from the ashes of abuse and neglect. Through this art I wish to share the incredible endurance of the human spirit and the value of every life,” states Danielle Branchaud.
Danielle’s  work walks a tightrope between fantasy and surrealism, into an honest realm of pure visceral emotion.  Her new work is intended to reach new depths, delving into her personal world of dreamscapes. The nightmarish imagery used to illuminate those unconscious thoughts serve as further exploration into the things that make us human.  She was born in Canada in 1985. Danielle has been painting with acrylics since 2003, resides in Florida, and is continuing her series work as well as various commissions and projects.

Hope by Sandra Yeyati

In the White Gallery - Naples Photographer Explores Beauty in Decay
In a show titled “Decay is Beautiful,” emerging photo artist Sandra Yeyati will display more than 40 of her works in the white gallery.  While several of Yeyati's pieces have been juried into local and national competitions and displayed in Naples and Fort Myers galleries, as well as the pages of Gulfshore Life magazine, this is her first major exhibit. All images will be signed, first edition, archival prints of limited lots. In the digital darkroom, Yeyati layers multiple photographs that she has taken of people and textures into one composition, creating painterly images while honoring the photographic elements. Art critic Donald Miller compared one of her pieces to the expressionist paintings of Alexej von Jawlensky.  Yeyati says, “I am mesmerized by the fractal beauty of decay and deterioration as it forms strange patterns in surprising colors and tones. Faces also fascinate me; I look to them for answers to eternal questions about identity and the way our surroundings influence our sense of self. Many of us hide inconceivable secrets behind a simple smile. Every one of my compositions is a confession.”
For more information about the artist, visit

Book Signing with Local author, Marianne Cushing

Meet local author, Marianne Cushing and pick up a signed copy of her novel “Mahalas Lane.”   

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