On Friday, February 6 an exhibit titled MATSUMOTO will go on display for the public to view at the Alliance for the Arts. This unique exhibit features new fiber artwork by Polly Matsumoto and prints by her late husband, renowned artist and designer Ikki Matsumoto, who passed away last year after a long & successful career. The artistic couple spent years in Southwest Florida making their art, and operated a gallery on Sanibel Island for more than a decade.
Ikki Matsumoto was born in 1935, in Tokyo, Japan. He came to the U.S. in 1955 and studied at the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis. He met his future wife, fiber artist Polly Adamson, after transferring to the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio a few years later.
Ikki worked in advertising for more 15 years before moving to Sanibel Island in 1975, where he established a career as a painter and printmaker. He and Polly opened a gallery in 1987 which they operated for more than a decade.
Polly Matsumoto began weaving in the 1960s. Her mixed media works incorporate weavings, paintings, and found objects to create pieces rich with colors and textures.
The MATSUMOTO opening reception on Friday, February 13 from 5-7PM is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display from February 6 through February 28. Prints by Fort Myers artist Mike Kiniry will be displayed in the Member Gallery. Diana Rutherford: 13 Portraits featuring paintings and works on paper will be featured in the Foulds Theatre Lobby.