The Alliance for the Arts’ January exhibit, Animal Life, will feature local artists Jeff and Dale Ocasio, Lily Hatchett, Felipe Maldonado and Terry Lynn Spry. Working in different mediums, these artists transform paper, canvas, clay and masking tape into a rampaging herd of artistic wonder. The show runs from Jan. 12 – Feb. 3.
The opening reception will be held on Jan. 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. and is open to the public. A conversational walk and talk with the exhibiting artists will be held on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. during SoCo Second Saturday. Admission to the gallery is free, but a $5 suggested donation helps keep arts programming accessible.
About Jeff & Dale Ocasio
Jeﬀ and Dale Ocasio, husband and wife, work collaboratively to create ocasiocasa artworks. Sculpting with paper masking tape over wire and reclaimed objects is where their artwork begins. Each sculpture is encased with layers of acid‐free glue, color is added with more layers of acrylics, and protected with matte varnish. Many of the duo’s sculptures are documented through digital illustrations and animations. Their work draws attention to the enchantment ordinary things, creatures and nature ‐‐‐shinning a light on hidden worlds.
Join Jeff Ocasio at the Alliance for the Arts in a hands-on workshop to learn the technique of sculpting with masking tape on Jan. 20.
About Lily Hatchett
Hatchett is an award winning visual artist who uses mixed media as her palette. She is a full-time artist, performance artist and independent filmmaker. Performing with paper, her Paper Grotto Live sculptures become containers for video, dance and music.
About Felipe Maldonado
Living and working in Cape Coral, Felipe Maldonado is currently the new department head and ceramics teacher at North Fort Myers High School for the Arts and Media. Felipe is currently working on pursuing a graduate program in the next 2 years, while having the opportunity to be in various shows around the southwest Florida area. Most recently, Felipe had the opportunity to co-present an Florida Gulf Coast University research project at the 2017 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Portland, Oregon.
About Terry Lynn Spry
Terry Lynn’s paintings have been exhibited in national and local juried art shows. She graduated from the Phoenix Institute of Technology with a degree in production art and went on to study with Nina Conner. Terry Lynn’s desire to pass on her passion and love for the arts lead her to teaching at the Alliance for the Arts. Terry Lynn lives in Lehigh Acres Florida with her husband son and 2 dogs. Her first love is oils and painting big and in a juxtapose style.
Spry offers multiple classes throughout the year, including Classical Painting and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.