Joan Sonnenberg: A retrospective

DateOctober 7 - October 30

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

PriceAdmission to the gallery is free, but a $5 suggested donation keeps programming affordable and accessible


Event details

At the age of 5, Joan became interested in the real and imaginary facets of art and life which have formed the basis of her artwork ever since. 

“Hit the Skids”, Joan B. Sonnenberg, 35 x 52 inches, Mixed media on paper

Interested in geometric patterns achieved through multiple reverse etching processes, Joan superimposes and stacks up to ten images on top of each other until it becomes a complex montage of lines, shapes, and patterns. She strives to alter and combine abstraction with realism; capturing marks made over time through human intervention; the mundane, decaying worn objects, dumpsters, wall graffiti. She also portrays street people, each embedded with stories to tell. She strives to convey the harmonious coexistence of abstraction and realism, transcending and encompassing both doctrines.

Opening Reception: October 7, 5-7pm • See it first. See it free. This event is open to the public. Come meet your neighbors at this free event!



Theatre Lobby: Jade Griffin

“The Embrace”, Jade Griffin, Acrylic and Soft Pastel

Jade Griffin (b.1999) has always had an innate desire to share her individuality through art. She always knew she wanted to become a professional artist from her first art class in grade school. Since then, she has used art as a creative outlet through which she could express her inner emotions and explore her thoughts. This quickly allowed her to find her voice through the process of creation. Jade’s artwork is a visual representation of her mind’s inner exchange, and how she interprets her life experiences through a Black androgynous lens. Jade draws inspiration from a variety of places including her emotional experiences, her lifestyle, music, and her roots in Southern Black and modern-day culture. Jade also likes to cover how the “ideologies” within her upbringing shape the way she thinks and interacts with the world around her today. In her work, she tells stories exploring sexuality, stereotypes, emotion, gender fluidity, and Southern African American and LGBTQ culture. During her career, Jade’s work has been exhibited at the Non- Profit Organization Love Your Rebellion’s Murals on Tour Traveling Group Exhibition (2020-2021), the Alliance For The Art’s Members’ Group Exhibition Challenging Stereotypes (2022), and the “JUST SAY GAY” Group Art Exhibition with Fabulous Art Foundation (2022).

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