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May 2nd @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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May 2 – May 23
Walk & Talk: Veron Ennis, Curator, May 3, 10AM
Closing Talk with Veron Ennis, May 23, 5PM (Will move to the Art Loft in the Edwards Building at 6PM)
Member Gallery Ernest Settani

"Portrait" by J. Coleman Miller

“Portrait” by J. Coleman Miller

On Friday, May 2 the Alliance for the Arts will present the first ever dedicated gallery show featuring work by members of what’s called the Movement of Aleatoric Modern Artists or MAMA. The show will feature 15 of MAMA’s top artists displaying works in a variety of disciplines, all with one thing in common—their collaboration with nature, chance and the laws that govern the universe. When an element of uncertainty is intentionally incorporated into the concept and creation of a work of art it is referred to as “aleatoric art.” Examples of aleatoric methods can be seen in several of the more recent periods in art but the method became a style, then a school.

"Sorcerer" by Stoffel De Roover

“Sorcerer” by Stoffel De Roover

MAMA pays tribute to the DADAists of the early 20th century, among the many other artists throughout history who have chosen to relinquish partial control of their creative processes to the hands of fate, the laws of physics and the continuum of perpetual chaos which prevails over our universe by design. By learning to value and preserve that which we can never own, to respond and yield to that which we can never predict, and to respect and trust that which we can never control, the aleatoric artist inherits the divine principle of acceptance, and the creative process becomes a cooperative collaboration between the artist’s deliberate intentions and the unpredictable hands of fate. Thus, the aleatoric artist gambles, and either fails or transcends the limitations of the mind and body to reach artistic plateaus previously unattainable.

The Movement of Aleatoric Modern Artists is a hand-picked assemblage of 48 extraordinary painters, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople representing an emerging “period” in art which has spontaneously occurred all over the world with uncanny simultaneity. In response to society’s apathy toward the undermining of our planet’s ecological balance by the ever-advancing technology of industry, every member of our movement has discovered a unique artistic approach that is philosophically, spiritually, and/or functionally aligned with nature. Each artist has selflessly devoted his/her talents to advocating the virtues of our Mother Earth and discovering new ways of collaborating with her design to produce a body of work greater than our abilities alone would allow. MAMA’s members were chosen for their willingness to “roll the dice” (the literal meaning of the root word “alea” in aleatoric), and to take a faithful exploratory leap into the vast unknown realm that is the future of fine art. Click HERE to read more about the artists.

Exhibiting Artists:

  • Ray Cabarga (California)
  • Cristine Cambrea (Florida)
  • Tsvetan Chetashki (Bulgaria)
  • Veron Ennis (Florida)
  • Don Frost (Ontario)
  • Reed Ghazala (Ohio)
  • Beth Holt (Netherlands)
  • Newel Hunter (Washington State)
  • Ted Lincoln (Florida)
  • J Coleman Miller (Texas)
  • Anick Morel (Canada)
  • Allan Rodewald (Texas)
  • Stoffel de Roover (Montreal)
  • Mark Stock (Massachusetts)
  • Art Venti (California)
  • Alex Volborth (1925-2009, Montana)’

The show’s curator, Fort Myers artist Veron Ennis, will hold a Gallery Walk on Saturday, May 3 from 10-11AM. The exhibit remains on display and open to the public during normal business hours until May 23. Artwork by Ernest Settani will be featured in the Member Gallery.


May 2nd
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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