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February 27 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $25 Members/$35 Non-Members

AST 2016 postcard_final093015We are excited to announce our 5th annual Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, Feb 27th! Art lovers have the opportunity to see work in galleries and museums, but rarely do they have the chance to see the creative spaces where the magic happens.

Explore 11 Creative Spaces featuring 14 Fort Myers based artists during this daylong, self-guided tour. Past attendees have said the tour is “educational”, “inspirational” and “fun”.

The day begins at the Alliance, where ticket holders receive their tour program and have the opportunity to explore onsite art studios including VEMA and Union Artist Studios.

Spend the rest of the day visiting area artists within a 2 mile radius of the Alliance. The event concludes with a closing reception at Marcus Jansen’s UNIT-A Contemporary Art Space at 3PM.



2016 Featured Artists

Jayne Baker – jeweler

Jayne Baker - jewelryJayne Baker began her artistic career early in life at age 12, selling macramé bracelets and necklaces to her classmates.  After high school, Jayne began modeling and living in Chicago, married Brian, and moved to south Fort Myers in 1981. They soon opened the award winning Mad Hatter Restaurant on Sanibel Island, then later Jaynes Victorian Garden Cafe in Fort Myers. Jayne’s love of art and nature spurred her to create unique organic and natural Jaynes Victorian Garden food products as well as garden art and jewelry gift items for many years, selling locally and internationally.

Recently relocated to her home and studio in the Edison Park area,  Jayne now is concentrating her energies on repurposing, reusing, recycling, and upcycling. In the thirty plus years of living in Fort Myers she has accumulated an impressive collection of vintage glass, beads, metals, gemstones, crystals, seashells, and other found items that she transforms into stylish works of art ranging from funky to elegant.

Jayne is currently showing her vintage beads, metals, gemstones, and crystal necklaces, earrings, and bracelets at the Alliance Gift Shop. Being the multi-talented artist that she is, she is also busy creating vintage crystal and glass adorned stepping stones; bead and shell topped pillboxes; recycled garden furniture; shell mirrors; jeweled frames, and has many more projects in the planning stage!

César Aguilera – multimedia artist

Cesar Aguilera - Undeniable Probabilities

Born in Quito, Ecuador, César navigated his childhood by virtue of creative observation, learning from his first curiosities onward that imagination and ingenuity have critical roles to play within our human experiences of life. Exploring these roles has led to a lifetime of experimental works and has taken him through a vast spectrum of mediums, techniques, materials and subject matter. Although his approach is always in flux, his objective remains constant: to use Art as a means of finding solutions to problems that plague our world and the societies that inhabit it. www.cesaraguilera.com

Mila Bridger – photographer

mila bridger1Originally hailing from Poland, Mila Bridger engenders her gorgeously stylized and internationally acclaimed photography with a unique flair of European Expressionism. A nomadic spirit that chooses to call Florida home, her masterful artistic sensibilites have been forged by immersion into countless foreign cultures and societies. Her photography exudes a fervent grace and an individual style. Be it in her conceptual anthologies, her exotic and creative portraitures, or collaborative artistic projects with celebrities, musicians, entrepreneurs, or other gifted artists. Mila’s imagery has been displayed and published internationally and domestically. Selections of Mila’s work are displayed at: www.milabridger.com

Carolyn Gora – fiber/mixed-media artist

Bio PhotoCarolyn Gora is a native Floridian from St. Petersburg and a graduate of the Florida public school system.  She has a BA and an MA in Art Education from University of South Florida.  She started teaching art in 1973 and has taught elementary through high school art and, as an adjunct, at FSW (ECC), University of South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University.  She was a Lee County Golden Apple Teacher, Lee County Middle School Art Teacher of the Year and Florida Middle School Art Teacher of the Year.  Currently she is on the board of the Alliance for the Arts and a member of the City of Fort Myers Public Art Committee and the Events Committee and volunteers for a variety of non-profit organizations.  Since retirement she has been working in mixed media with an emphasis in watercolor and fiber.  She collaborates with artist and friend, Ava Roeder, to create artworks as “CAVA”.  Currently, their piece “Art in Flight in Black and White” is on display at the RSW International Airport.

Tony Myles – photographer

Tony Myles - Escape Familiar HomeWorking exclusively with the medium of film, Cinematic Photographer Tony “Chainsaw” Myles brings a wholly unique approach to his imagery. He translates over twenty years as a professional Cinematographer within the film industry into a photographic methodology that is as structured, planned, and executed as a motion picture production. He employs the literal art of photography as a plastic medium, to create stylized narrative images that are essentially movies without motion. Tony’s work is a stark contrast to modern digital imaging and is a visceral and consciously antithetical commentary on contemporary photographic trends and techniques. In his hands the uses of a camera, film, and lighting are entrenched in a purely creationist mindset. They are the mechanisms he employs and exploits to forge an image. His motion and still imagery have been featured in album artwork, exhibited in galleries, screened theatrically, televised internationally, and have earned a diverse fanbase.

Ava Roeder – fiber/mixed-media artist

Ava RoederAva grew up on a farm in upstate New York where she knew the natural environment best.  Also, having access to visit the great museums and galleries of N.Y.C., she claims, “the best of both worlds.”  The deep rooted feelings and experiences she remembers as a child still have a great influence on the choice of subject and media seen in her work.  Ava has a Master of Science degree in Art Education from the State University of New York. She was one of the founding faculty members of the Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School and the Director of the Visual Arts Program.  Ava is currently serving on the board for the City of Ft. Myers Public Art Committee, volunteering at Lee Memorial Hospital in the Art in Health Program, and a proud Lee County Alliance for the Arts member of the board. After thirty-nine years in the classroom, now with time on hand, Ava is rediscovering her artistic self, working in the studio, enjoying the rhythm of making art, and hobnobbing with the many talented people in our community.

Eric Riemenschneider – painter

Eric Riemenschneider - BOWIEEric Riemenschneider graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Illustration. He is the recipient of several awards including Southwest Florida’s Best Up and Coming Artist, the Angels of the Arts Award, All Florida- Best in Show, Lee County Golden Apple Teacher, Lee County Arts Teacher of the Year, and the Robert Rauschenberg Scholarship.  Eric enjoys painting large-scale oil paintings and creating mixed media digital designs. Yohana de la Torre, publisher of Gulf Coast Times stated, “His art has been a life-long exploration of the human spirit.  Through his work, he captures the essence of the individuals with a unique point of view.  Simply put:  this is impressionism done with a vivid modern approach and an enormous assurance of the handling of his materials.” His work has been exhibited in the Robert Rauschenberg Gallery, Space 39, Tincture Gallery, Selby Gallery, Alliance for the Arts, Big Arts, Howl Gallery, Franklin Gallery, Yabo, Cru, and a solo show at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.  Eric was born in Akron, Ohio and later lived in New York City.  He moved to Sanibel Island twenty years ago, where he met and married Sanibel resident, Katie.  Married for eighteen years, they now have three sons named Clay, Kyle and Rhys.  His home studio is near downtown Ft. Myers in the vicinity of the historic Edison Home.

Dale Weber – mixed media artist

Aleutian by Dale Weber

Mixed media artist, Dale Weber, works with found objects that are no longer able to serve their original purpose.  He only selects discarded material that shows a potential to evolve. For this reason, he prefers the term re-invented rather than recycled.  He believes that although the subject defines itself, the artist redefines the subject. By careful juxtaposition, commonplace objects enter into dialogues expressing his personal views that range from the philosophical to the whimsical.  Each assemblage is as unique as the material used.

His award winning 2D and 3D artwork offers a new perspective on the importance of everyday life.  In his search for the significant hidden within the insignificant, Dale reveals a new dimension of the mundane.  His art is a metaphoric vehicle for the overlooked, abandoned, and forgotten elements within today’s society.  In his own words, “Everything and everyone deserve a second look; a second chance. My goal is for us to re-evaluate our surroundings. Awareness is the first step of change.”

On-Site Artists

Union Artist Studios

David Acevedo (Co-Founder) is a mixed media artist, former co-owner of daas Gallery, Fort Myers Art Walk co-founder, curator and arts writer.

Paul Rodino (Co-Founder) is known for his encaustic photographic works. He is also a photography instructor and former art gallery owner.

Xavier Brignoni is former co-owner of daas Gallery, a jewelry designer and mixed media artist.

Mark Holman is a budding 3D artist who creates innovative wall sculpture with a heavy emphasis on light and shadow, especially colored shadows.

Diana Ripoll is an acrylic mixed media painter and professional faux finisher.


Veron Ennis is a Florida-based modern abstract painter and sculptor.

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Patrick Conolly – mixed media

Barbara Piontek – fiber art

Generously Sponsored by

Florid Division of Cultural Affairs081412


February 27
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25 Members/$35 Non-Members
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