Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ACT Gallery on June 2, Tom Breckenridge and DAAS@ACT

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for June 2017.  The gallery will also be open on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11am to 4pm for those who could not come to the Friday night Art Walk.  This month, ACT Gallery will feature Tom Breckenridge and DAAS@ACT A DAAS Member Collective.  New Works the ACT Co-op Artists will also be featured. 

Main Gallery – Tom Breckenridge
Tom Breckenridge was born in 1966, in Keosauqua Iowa, but he grew up in Ft. Lauderdale area. Immediately after high school, he went into the Marine Corp. His art styles reflect having traveled to 17 countries and 5 continents. He served in the US Coast Guard, and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1998. His background includes being an insurance agent and owning his own agency. In 2016, Tom brought his art skills to the SW Florida area. It is here he became a full time self-taught artist. He learned his unique style of color and composition using predominantly acrylics as his medium. Tom has a realist and impressionist style. His earlier works include many nautical and beach themes.  Tom produces a wide array of pieces including darker themes, some with emotion and some even with humor, produced numerous pieces of varying styles and commissions. He started showing and selling in the Arts for Act Gallery in September of 2016 and is a familiar figure at Art Walk. He has participated in local art contests such as Art in the Park (runner up), in McDonough Georgia, Daas Coop Plein Aire Paint and Paint the Beach in Fort Myers. You can find his works in the local galleries, Arts for ACT Gallery, Space 39, and Grand Illusion. You can find him painting most weekends at Arts for ACT Gallery, where he is a member artist and volunteer. He hosts paint parties to teach as well as private lessons. His updated body of available works can be found on his website at www.artpal.com/tombreck.
For prints, commissions, party events, and lessons Message fb@TheHatTrickArtist or call
Tom Breckenridge 252-414-0396

White Gallery – DAAS@ACT  A DAAS Member Collective
Arts for ACT Gallery and DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts are joining forces to bring you an exciting collaborative exhibition. DAAS@ACT will feature the works of approximately 25 artists who are currently members of DAAS CO-OP.    

“This is the first time we collaborate with Arts for ACT as an entity. As individual artists, many DAAS members have contributed to their fundraising events or exhibited at the ACT gallery. This [exhibit] will be like bringing a little DAAS into ACT Gallery.” – comments Xavier Brignoni, who is one artists members and co-founder of the cooperative gallery. “We will feature paintings, sculptures and even a selection of artistic jewelry from the members.” – concludes Brignoni, who also serves as vice-president of DAAS CO-OP.

For additional information, please call the gallery at 239-337-5050. For information about DAAS CO-OP and how to become a member, please visit daascoop.com.  Media Contact for DAAS CO-OP:David Acevedo – acevedostudio@yahoo.com or info@daascoop.com  239-980-1394 or 239-590-8645

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pat Cleveland and Annette Brown at ACT Gallery for May 2017

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and art walk for May 2017.  The gallery will also be open on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11am to 4pm for those who could not come to the Friday night Art Walk.  This month, ACT Gallery will feature “A Retrospective” by Pat Cleveland and the mixed media art of Annette Brown.  New Works from over 25 Co-op Artists will also be featured.  

Main Gallery – Pat Cleveland – A Retrospective

 Pat began painting at age three when her mother, an artist herself, put a brush in her hand and gave her a small canvas to paint on. Born in New Jersey, she graduated from Traphagen School of Design New York, N.Y., then worked as an interior designer for Bloomingdales until 1975 when she moved to Florida. where she was a designer at Robb and Stucky.
After retiring Pat became a member of several local art leagues showing her work in group and solo exhibits winning awards and notices. In 1996 one of her paintings won an award in an international competition sponsored by Artis Spectrum Magazine, New York City and was featured in an issue of that magazine.  An active member of art organizations, Pat taught creative workshops and art programs for adults and children.

Pat’s work has been presented by Rick Moore Fine Art Gallery, Naples,Fl., Sanibel Gallery, Seaweed Gallery both of Sanibel, Fl., Witt and Witt Gallery, Ft. Myers Fl., Wildchild Gallery,Matlacha,Fl.,Syzygy Gallery, Ft. Myers,Fl., Images Gallery, Lakeland,Fl.,Arts for ACT Gallery, Ft. Myers, Fl. Her work is in many private collections including such notables as Lily Tomlin the actress, Russian Ice Dance Olympic Gold Medalists, local and national collectors.

Pat developed macular degeneration in 2013 which has made her legally blind. She 
continues to paint considering the vision change not as a challenge but as an opportunity for creative growth. Her paintings are oil on canvas and her subject matter varies from landscapes, animals, florals, and still life. In 2013 Pat was one of six featured artists of ACT for their annual fundraiser auction. In 2016 Pat received an award from ACT for 28 years of donating to the auction..
This exhibit has some of Pat’s work before and after the vision changes.

“This retrospective exhibit contains a selection of early and new paintings. Since macular degeneration has changed my vision to a great extent, the viewer will note that I am using a strong color palette and less detail as well. It is a new way of seeing  and expressing my thoughts and feelings and I have been enjoying the transition from my earlier style of work. it has given me a sense of freedom from painting with more detail.” ~ Pat Cleveland

White Gallery – Annette Brown

Annette Brown is a mixed media artist that incorporates found objects and collage into her works.  Often working in acrylics, she has taken classes with Verron Ennis and Leo Johnson. 
Annette’s work is both innovative and aesthetic