Storm Stories: A Juried Exhibition

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DateSeptember 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023

Location 10091 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919 United States


Event details

On View September 1-30

Soft opening reception: September 1, 5-7pm, this free event will include light refreshments

Closing reception: September 28, 5-7pm, this free event will include light bites and refreshments

Our September Gallery is a year in the making. This Juried Exhibition is in conjunction with the oral history project, Storm Stories. We created this project in the wake of Hurricane Ian. We saw a great need for healing in our community after the devastating storm. By collecting stories of people’s experiences during the storm and by asking local artists to use their experiences to create art, we hope to help our community find beauty and begin the process of healing.

Exhibiting artists will include: Robert Allen, Stefanie Babb, Charles Baker, Laura Ball, Elita Barfield, Austin Bell, Linda Benson, Meagan Bonesteel, Laura Borror, Danielle Brant, Stacey Brown, Leslie Brunn, June Burke, Ramon Chirinos, Tracy Owen Cullimore, Sharyn Dahn, Dana Donkle, Marian Fuller, David Giansante, Julie Griffin, Sherry Haney, Sue Higgins-Ferrell, Peter Horan, Rose Jung, Jane Lane, Leoma Lovegrove, Pam Lowe, Doug MacGregor, Dave Mancini, Ying McLane, Susan Miller, Richard Plummer, Nanci Polomski, Dennis Porter, Carole Price, Ellen Prior, Josey Prior, Vickie Resor, John Rizza, Sharon Rodgers, Leah Schneider, Lynne Schwartz, Nancy Searle, Julie Siler Olander, Pat St. Onge, Dominick Tascher, Eric Taubert, Christopher Tuscan, John Warminski, Alex Wilkinson, and Deborah Zwetsch.

This exhibition is sponsored by PDS Architecture, LCEC, Knox Services, Wildcat Renovation, LLC, and Sanibel Air and Electric.

Details on related events happening throughout September can be found here. 

In the Theatre Lobby: Hope, the Other Side of Hurricane Ian by Kinfay Moroti

Hope: The Others Side of Hurricane Ian shows how the deadly storm united people in the one thing that couldn’t be destroyed. Hope.
Families, friends and volunteers across Southwest Florida met moments of hurt with hopeful acts of caring. Nonprofits, businesses and government agencies provided vital resources and infrastructure repairs. These compelling moments captured in pictures, reflect the endured hurt and shared determination of people — to keep hope alive.
Kinfay Moroti (The Hope Artist):
Kinfay Moroti leads Hopeful Images- an initiative that helps organizations share their stories through photojournalism, messaging, and storytelling campaigns. Better Together, The Heights Foundation, and Our Mother’s Home are a few of the organizations Kinfay works with. Kinfay captured moments inside Lee Health’s COVID-19 intensive care unite (ICU) in 2020. The compelling moments were the first from an ICU to be shared with the world via USA Today. Kinfay’s coverage of Hurrican Ian was instrumental in getting aide to Southwest Florida. Prior to Hopeful Images, Kinfay was an award-winning photojournalist for The News-Press/USA Today Network from 2004-19. His is a U.S. Air Force veteran and father.
Connect with Kinfay: Facebook: Kinfay Mororti – Instagram: @Kinfay – Email: [email protected]

In the Member’s Gallery: Tamara Culp and Jodi Enders

Tamara Culp

Tamara Culp moved from the high desert country of Colorado to Florida to be closer to water in 2015.
Since childhood, water has held a special place in her heart as a sanctuary and a haven. A long time
jewelry artist in the mountains, known for her silver landscapes, she began using pencils, watercolors,
and soft pastels to bring to life the verdant greens and sparkling Gulf water landscapes of her new home.

Jodi Enders

Jodi has always been pulled toward exploration, a place where the constant running of the mind halts. She can enjoy simple pleasures and enrichment by analyzing the world on a deeper level than the average individual may grant themselves the time to do.

As an acrylic landscape impressionist, she focuses her brushstrokes on the relationships of each shape of color and their role in the collective ambiance of the scene. She depicts characteristic types of vegetation, animals, iconic architecture, lifestyle, and the times of day that light up all the individually beautifully crafted elements that collectively speak to the hearts of certain individuals

She aspires for her paintings to transport the viewer to excitement, serenity, good memories, and an uplifting time in their life. Potentially a place they want to dedicate effort to ensure they will return to that slice of paradise. Encouraging freedom and adventure of the spirit is the determination of why Jodi portrays unique and memorable scenes on the canvas.

In the Theatre: For those of us who live at the shoreline by Sasha Wortzel

Sasha Wortzel is a visual artist and filmmaker using video, installation, sculpture, sound, and performance to explore how this country’s past and present are inextricably linked through resonant spaces and their hauntings. Raised in South Florida (Miccosukee and Seminole lands) and based in New York City (Lenape lands), Wortzel specifically attends to sites and stories systematically erased or ignored from these regions’ histories. Tangled dynamics of desire and loss layered in the landscape and reverberating across time form a through-line in her work.

Wortzel’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem, Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, and Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places. Recent films include How to Carry Water (CPH:Dox, 2023); This is an Address (MoMA Doc Fortnight, 2020), distributed by Field of Vision; and Happy Birthday Marsha! (2018; co-director Tourmaline), which won special mention at Outfest and is distributed by Frameline. Wortzel has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, and New York Magazine. She received an MFA in integrated media arts from Hunter College.