Artists from all over Florida submitted more than 530 pieces for consideration in the Alliance for the Arts’ Annual All Florida Exhibition. The juror, Mark Ormond, narrowed the list to 57 pieces which were unveiled to the public during an opening celebration on March 9. The exhibit will continue until March 29 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Betsy DJamoos was awarded $1,000 for Best in Show for her abstract piece “Natural Vibrations.Elisabeth Arena  won a $250 Golden Colors Gift Certificate for her 2nd place for her graphite work “The Contemplative Crow.” Gay Germain won $100 for 3rd place for her acrylic piece Sculpture Garden Reductive III.” David Belling, Sherry Rohl, Tammra Sigler and Buck Ward were awarded Juror’s Choice Awards.

“My intuition guides my palette, brush strokes and knowing when the painting is finished,” says Best In Show Winner DJamoos. “All my paintings start out with intuitive marks on a white canvas and the piece evolves from that flow.”

Full list of exhibiting artists include: Kaitlyn Handley, Hilda Champion, Beverly Yankwitt, Paul Dengler, Alane Enyart, David Belling, Betsy DJamoos, Susan Rienzo, Roxanne Hanney, Carolyn Steele, Ellen Miller, J.T. Phillippe, Elisabeth Arena, Imani Gibbs, Sherri Hubby, Maggie DeMarco, Tammra Sigler, Grayson Stoff, Buck Ward, Stephen Staack, Barbara Groenteman, Gregory Presley, Katrina Parker, Paula Rucket, Julio Pacheco Delgado, Deborah LaFogg Docherty, Megan Kissinger, Jeff and Dale Ocasio, Taylor Scalzo, Susan Ritter, Gay Germain, Christine Di Staola, Diane Schultz, Carol Stream, Vae Hamilton, Sharon Rodgers, Dirce Kennedy, Jolie Black, Mariapia Malerba, Luba Drahosz, Dianne GreenWoman Wickes, Peter Zell, Roseline Young, Sherry Rohl, Mark Wlaz, Victoria Milne, Tracy Owen Cullimore, Susan Martin and Deborah Martin.

“It’s exciting to host artists from across all the pockets of Florida,” says exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “The submissions truly showcase the breadth and creative talent of Florida’s independent artists.”

The Alliance for the Arts presents a limited run of Grounded by George Brant March 22-25 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919. The production is directed by Theatre Conspiracy Founder and Artistic Producing Director Bill Taylor and stars Katie Pankow as The Pilot. This one-woman show targets our assumptions about war, family, and the power of storytelling.

Grounded is the story of an ace fighter pilot who becomes pregnant and gets reassigned to operating drones from a windowless trailer on an Air Force base in the desert outside Las Vegas. Hunting terrorists by day and coming home to her family by night, the boundaries between reality and the screen – between the desert where she lives and the desert where she fights – blur as the pilot struggles to navigate her dual identities.

Katie Pankow is a classically trained actress based in South Florida. She has previously starred in Lend Me A Tenor, BIG ARTS Strauss Theatre; Swell Party, Theatre Conspiracy; The Odd Couple (Female Version), Off-Broadway Palm, Ajax in Iraq, University of Florida. A bit of a jack-of-all-trades, Katie is a published poet, an award-winning radio news journalist, and a decorated artist.

“This visceral production demands a strong female actor who can own the show and we’re thrilled to welcome Katie, one of the best in southwest Florida,” says Bill Taylor. “Grounded is a riveting play filled with powerful storytelling about the dualities of war and family.”

Individual tickets to each show are $25, $11 for students or $22 for Alliance members. Performances run March 22 – 24 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 25.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 239-939-2787 or visit

What the Critics Say

2012 Smith Prize Winner – Recognizing outstanding achievement for plays focused on American politics

“Gripping” —The New York Times

“A searing piece of writing”—The Guardian

“Compelling and provocative” —San Francisco Chronicle

“As close to perfection as is possible to imagine…Grounded is a powerful, hallucinogenic experience.” – What’s On Stage

“Thought provoking, thoroughly engrossing…pulses with the rhythms of an epic war poem” – TheatreMania

The Fort Myers Film Festival will present multiple screenings at the Alliance for the Arts on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. No reservation is required. A $10 suggested donation helps keep programming affordable and accessible.

10:15 a.m. The Arcade Creek Project:  A Mosaic of Sustainability (30 minutes)

Eradication. Restoration. Education.  The largest student run environment study in the world

11:00 a.m. Let It Shine: The Story of the Women’s March(22 minutes)

There are certain things in life that only work if you show up. Democracy is one of them.

11:30 a.m. Gauze: Unraveling Global Health Care (26 minutes)

24 countries.  174 hospitals.  65 international healthcare experts.

1 documentary film that compares / contrasts healthcare around the world.

12:15 p.m.    Lost Springs (40 minutes)

The last frontier was Florida. We’re experiencing an environmental genocide and all of Florida will suffer this fate unless we have leadership that agrees the protection of our waters is a priority. It’s the law and we have a right to clean water in our state. Experiencing a landscape scarred by government failure, an artist must come to grips with the impending loss of her subject matter: a collection of majestic freshwater springs exposed only for a short time before being smothered and forgotten beneath waters held back by an aging and purposeless dam.