Tuesday, December 9, 2014

January 2, 2015 ACT Gallery features Martha Dodd, Ellen Sayet and John Scopps

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, January 2, from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for our January featured artists: Realist Oil Painter Martha Dodd in the main gallery. Showing off the main gallery: Stills and Figurative Works of Ellen Sayet and the Abstracts of John Scoppa.  This exhibit continues through February 2, 2015.  

In the Main Gallery – Martha Dodd  Painting has been Martha Dodd's passion and full time occupation for the past 27 years. 
Martha Dodd resides in Fort Myers, Florida, and works in her art studio there. She enjoys painting people, animals, and landscapes. While Martha often travels to client's homes to paint unique murals, working hand in hand with interior decorators, designers, and architects, her goal is to focus more and more on portraits, and capturing life in a natural setting. Her original paintings are created in oils, and occasionally acrylic. She prefers to work on large canvases, and her subjects include horses, birds, people, and mermaids.  This past summer she traveled to Europe for a 6 week long tour to study art in Rome, Florence, Vienna, Split, and Paris.  Website, www.followyourartllc.com.   When Martha isn't painting, she enjoys horseback riding, and sailing with her best guy, Marc.

In the White Gallery – John Scoppa

John Scoppa grew up in Boston, MA. He is now a resident of Cape Coral, FL., moving here 3 ½ years ago from Palm Springs, CA. John was a hair and makeup artist for 20 years and began painting 4 years ago.  Intrigued by abstract art and its fascination, John began painting in California beginning with a course at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs.  What attracts John to abstract versus reality paintings are movement, flow and shape. He strives for a composition that moves your eyes through the painting and provides stopping points for you. Allowing your eyes to move through the painting creates a thought or completing an image.

 Off the Main Gallery – Ellen Sayet

Ellen Sayet has always loved sketching and painting but they took a secondary position between two successful careers.  The world of art has opened up as my primary focus since being retired.  Self taught with an occasional drawing class, I enjoy painting realism with “an edge”.  Ellen’s figurative paintings are classic drawings with an inventive and creative side.  Most important to her is producing works of realism and figurative portraiture in oil and pastel, and capturing the mood, personality and inner soul of the subjects.