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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Grant Recipient Art Show Opens Friday

City of Fort Myers, Florida - City of Palms

The City of Fort Myers has announced that the annual Fort Myers Individual Artist Grant Recipient Show will open on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 10 p.m., concurrently with Art Walk.

Current and past grant recipients will share a wide-ranging array of their work in diverse genres, media and cutting-edge technique. The artists represented at the show have received grants from the City of Fort Myers because they have demonstrated that they are making a meaningful contribution to the arts and culture of the City. The grants are administered by the City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee. Participating in the show are visual artists David Acevedo, Linda Benson, Katherine Boren, Andy Brown, Cornell Bunting Mark Cranford, Pat Collins, Scott Guelcher, David Hatchett, Lily Hatchett, Ray Hernandez, Krista Johnson, Leo Johnson, David Meo, Christine Penuel, Dana Roes, Terry Lynn Spry, Gregory Van Kirk, Warren Van Kirk and Roseline Young. The exhibit encompasses an array of paintings in oil, acrylics and watercolor, mixed media works and collage, free-standing sculpture and wall-hangings, and wall-sized murals.

In addition, this year’s Individual Artist Grant Recipient Show will feature performance art pieces by Lily Hatchett and Kat Epple (who will be joined by David Hatchett), conceptual artist Mark Cranford, Cornell Bunting, and the Brothers Van Kirk, who are the core of popular Pine Island hipster band Strange Arrangement.

The Fort Myers Individual Artist Grant Recipient Show runs through September 26.

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. For more information and gallery hours, call 239-333-1933 or visit http://www.sbdac.com.

MORE ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANT PROGRAM

The City of Fort Myers individual artist grant program recognizes the importance of the arts to the cultural, educational, and economic well-being of its diverse population. According to the recently-released Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report prepared by the Americans for the Arts in association with the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, Fort Myers’ nonprofit arts and culture sector generates $49.7 million in annual economic activity, generates $32.2 million in household income to local residents, delivers $6.7 million in state and local tax revenues and supports 1,389 full-time equivalent jobs. It is to foster and enhance this level of economic activity and provide its residents and visitors with a full range of cultural experiences that the City of Fort Myers provides funding for arts and cultural programs.

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