Crossroads: Gauthier, Hamel and Herzog Virtual Opening Reception
DateFebruary 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Time06:00 pm - 07:00 pm
10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919 United States
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Join us for our virtual opening reception with the artists of the Crossroads: Gauthier, Hamel and Herzog exhibition! Dust off your black beret, have your cheese cubed and wine or bubbly water poured tall for this fun night of virtual art and awards! Guests will be able to hear statements form the artists over their work and engage with questions and feedback throughout the night. The outline of the event will include a guided tour of the exhibit.
This reception is free to attend, but an RSVP is required and a suggested donation supports the future of the arts in southwest Florida.
Please note: this interactive and hands-on event is hosted online, which means you get to enjoy it from the comfort of your living room, studio or kitchen table! It will be hosted via Zoom. If you’ve never used zoom before, we suggest you take some time to familiarize yourself with the platform ahead of time and download the app. You can find everything you’ll need at Zoom.us or in the App store on your phone or tablet. An access link will be provided prior to the start of the event.
Julie Gautheir is a French Canadian who has been living in Sarasota, Florida for the past 20 years. Her art reflects a direct inspiration of the seashore that is her adopted home. She has always been fascinated by glass. For her, glass fusing is mad science with endless possibilities. By being self-taught, she discovered the freedom to simply create. Her work is part of a series that explores movement, shape and gravity. Creating a sense of fluidity and motion is her current focus. By creating her own clay mold, she can manipulate the flow of glass inside her kiln. Julie is an open-minded artist who is constantly exploring and expanding her techniques in glass fusion.
Geoff Hamel received his M.F.A in Drawing and Painting from Ohio University. He has exhibited regionally, and nationally and has received numerous awards for his work. Hamel works with a variety of media; such as colored pencil, dry pastels, oils, and oil pastels. He has taught drawing and painting at several Colleges and Universities in South Florida for many years, most recently as an Adjunct Instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University and at Florida Southwestern College. “My journeys and excursions these days have now become dutifully transformed, and are relegated to fixed destinations. . I could argue these destinations are advantages for growth, for opportunities of being and becoming within our context of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the overall spirit which this may lead.”
Kristen Herzog studied drawing and painting at Sweet Briar College and received her Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University with additional graduate training at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work ranges from non-representational to abstract, usually with a landscape or vegetative theme. She works most often in acrylic on canvas or paper and occasionally includes mixed media. Herzog has traveled often to residencies in the US and abroad where she enjoys meeting other artists, writers and musicians, and getting to know the local culture.