Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 11am to 4pm for the slower paced art walk for August 2017. This month, ACT Gallery will feature Tonya Bautista- Barnes, a Photographer, Artist and Costume Design, in the main gallery. In the white gallery, 4 Generations of Artists – The family of Celia Malloy. Also showing, New Works from our Co-op Artists!
Main Gallery Artist BIOGRAPHY – Tonya Bautista – Barnes
Photographer, Artist and Costume Designer
Free Warrior Designs brand was originally born on the Big Island of Hawaii. Tonya Bautista-Barnes always loved the splendid look of natural materials like bone, feather, metal, leather and stone. Growing up islander and looking towards her Marianist heritage for inspiration, gave her much creativity and room for growth. Her love for the bright macaw feathers with the neutral tones of the bone and leather gave her the inspiration to create. All of Tonya’s designs are 100% handmade by her and are inspired by the bright colors and natural materials of the earth, air and sea. Using as many materials originating from the US and donated or purchased feathers from bird sanctuaries and private owners throughout the Marianas, Hawaiian Islands and the US. She strives to support as many artists and small businesses as possible.
“Each piece represents a part of myself which will be seen in the individuality and craftsmanship of my work. I choose my Warrior Sisters carefully. I photograph them as I see them and how they wish to see themselves.
Each person I photograph has endured hardships and flourished – proving their strength and determination to RISE. Every woman is a Warrior and should be respected as such. "The true warrior isn’t immune to fear. She fights in spite of it." ~ anonymous (but I'm positive she was a strong woman.).” ~ states, Tonya.
In the White Gallery 4 Generations of Artists – The family of Celia Malloy
An energetic vibe radiates throughout this multi-generational exhibit of visual art, as engaging and diverse as the women who created it. Spanning approximately a half century, this eclectic, yet connected body of work is impressive as it represents varied artistic styles and content. Celia Baiada Malloy, the 97 year old family Matriarch is the main focus of this exhibit. Celia's formative time was spent in the Philadelphia Metro area, and her training of many years ago, is beautifully reflected in unique and elegant acrylics. Daughters Lynne Van Sciver, Taire Malloy, and Donna Malloy, share their mother's interest, along with granddaughter, Cavan Guenther, and great granddaughters, Julia and Scarlett Novak and Stella Guenther. Their collective works both contrast and respond to the familial influence. Lynne's abstract expressionistic style, infused with balance and freedom, has been influenced by training as a psychologist. Taire's charcoal life drawings display a subtle organic style and exude a feeling of calm movement. She studied art at Arizona State, and remains involved with the visual arts in the role of festival director of Art Fest Naples. Donna Kay echoes her mother and grandmother's love of birds which culminated in the publication of Donna's children's book: "Criss Crow, Flying on Sunshine." Donna earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology, Tampa. Cavan, Lynne's daughter, is a former science teacher. She is an accomplished abstract artist and rustic-glam jewelry designer. Her art is a mixture of earth, energy and vintage objects. This delightful exhibition tells the story of connectedness found in art, that flows through generations, moving through time, taking on an exquisite life of its own.
ACT Gallery is also featuring new works by over 25 co-op artists.