Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, February 6, from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for our February featured artists: Pop-Surrealist, Jerry McGreens in the main gallery. Showing off the main gallery: Painter, Stephen Heymann combines nature and abstraction for a fresh new look and the Art by Kids with Cancer Fundraising Project. This exhibit continues through March 2, 2015.
Jerry McGreens began his art career after high school. He took on an apprenticeship to tattoo, while attending some art classes on campus at UNLV. After his apprenticeship was over, he began tattooing full time in his home city of Las Vegas. Ten years later, he moved to Florida to continue his career. Jerry always dabbled in painting, but work had kept him too busy. After spending an additional ten years tattooing and recreating someone else's ideas, he felt the need to express his own through painting full time.
Jerry’s art consists of a dark blend of cute and creepy that invites the viewer to move into a world where these creatures have their own agendas. These eccentric souls explore their odd worlds and guide us through what is their reality. The world around him, his dreams, and other artists that he comes in contact with musically, lyrically, and artistically inspires him. Funny things that may occur in his daily life, ridiculous things, that humans do is also a big inspiration.
Jerry states, “What makes my world go round are: My wife, our Boston Terriers, self sustainable home farming, wrenching on, and restoring vintage import motorcycles and of course...to PAINT!”
In the White Gallery – The Art by Kids with Cancer“The Art by Kids with Cancer exhibit” is produced, drawn and painted by the children at The Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The program raises awareness in the general community as to the importance of the arts in healing and the challenges faced by local families of children diagnosed with cancer.
The Young Artists Awards, a not-for-profit organization serving area children, mats and frames and then showcases, sells, and auctions selected pieces of the children’s artwork. Trained volunteers will be available to talk about the artwork and program during the opening. More information can be found at www.youngartistsawards.org. The program will also be accepting donations of art supplies during the opening on February 6. Small canvases, acrylic paints, brushes, and frames are especially needed.
Stephen Heymann is a new resident of Fort Myers from Jacksonville, Florida. His inspiration is derived from his varied personal experiences outdoors, from crewing sailboats and working with the Florida Park Service to spending three months in the wilderness and hiking 1,200 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, Stephen accumulated a large volume of visual references to portray. By studying animals, plants and insects closely, he witnessed endless complexity in both color and form. He believes there is vast intelligence and beauty in nature and strives to convey that through his artwork. By combining realism and abstraction in an ever-evolving process, each of his paintings will typically influence the next. A small blotch of paint in a previous piece may be the main theme in his next endeavor. This process of diving deeper and deeper into his work somewhat resembles an abstract fractal. A never ending and constantly evolving landscape that he and the viewer may explore. It is his hope that his work will encourage people to look closer at their true surroundings and find both inspiration and connectivity in the natural world.