Friday, February 13, 2015

March 2015 at ACT Gallery ArtPoems, The Everharts and Mary Michelle Scott

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, March 6, from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for our March featured artists: Group Exhibit by ArtPoems in the main gallery. Showing off the main gallery: Photographer, Mary Michelle Scott, and The Everhart’s Beth and Bill, “A Small Vacation” a fresh new look at vintage photography.  These exhibits continue through March 30, 2015. 

Donna Quixote and Her Sidekick by Kellen Beck Mills 
In the Main Gallery – ArtPoems Group Exhibit
ArtPoems, a creative collaboration of artists and poets, celebrates its ninth season as a cultural exhibit /event with a month long gallery show at Art for ACTS Gallery.  22 poems and 22 art works will be on exhibit.  During the opening, several poets will read their work.  This year, eleven artists and eleven poets collaborated and inspired each other to create new art and new poetry. Paired earlier in the season, the artists and poets exchanged poetry and art. Each artist created new artwork inspired by a poem and each poet wrote a new poem inspired by the artwork. In total 22 new creations resulted. Visual arts and spoken word art enthusiasts, this exhibit is a must-see!

In the White Gallery – The Everharts-Beth and Bill
A Small Vacation – An Installation of Found Snapshots

Vintage Found Photo for the Installation
Beth and Bill Everhart’s collaborative exhibition, titled A Small Vacation, was originally presented at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, New York. At the time, they had been collecting found snapshots for a number of years and were interested in using them in some way in an art installation. The fact that it had been a bitterly cold winter that year in New York may have drawn them to images of people enjoying themselves in the sunshine and frolicking on the beach.  At some point they realized that they could select certain snapshots so that they linked together in an unbroken horizon line of water. It became the impetus for the show and a way for them to visually recreate a much needed small vacation of their own.

The artists first met when they were graduate students at Hunter College in New York City and both received their Masters of Fine Arts degrees from Hunter. Bill and Beth married in 1991, and have resided in Fort Myers, Florida for the past ten years. Beth’s photography has been widely exhibited in New York, as well as Southwest Florida, and internationally. Bill is currently working on a book proposal concerning the influence of the Kennedy assassination on themes found in American pop music. This will be their first collaborative exhibit at the Arts for Act Gallery.

 Off the Main Gallery – Mary Michelle Scott

Mary Michelle Scott has lived in SW Florida for the last twenty years. She moved here to accept a job as a Radiation Therapist treating cancer patients. This has been her primary career since 1986, with photography, digital/ conceptual art, and writing being a very passionate hobby. The hobby grew to a second career when the youngest of her three sons began school at Savannah College of Art and Design and she realized that dreams really could come true watching him pursue his dream. Her family and friends strongly supported her new goals in life as she began to live her own dream.
Untitled by Mary Michelle Scott
She is known for being an Army brat most of her life before twenty, then a wife, Mama Scott to three sons, a daughter-in-law and many “adopted” children, care giver to her much loved patients, artist, dreamer and most importantly a believer of the Fiery Tails that were inspired by the ‘Grimm’ tales of our childhood that shaped her creative dreams, writing, and images. She created Fiery Tail Imagery to showcase her work and to allow others to enjoy her artwork. Her childhood in West Germany greatly influenced her work, being surrounded by an immense history and vast culture of many different genres of art styles. 

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