Hundreds of people turned out for the opening reception of the Alliance for the Arts’ recent exhibit “Layers, Fiber, Collage & Assemblage.” More than 70 area artists submitted 140 pieces representing a wide variety of 2D & 3D mediums for the juried show. The juror, Fort Myers artist Jeffrey Scott Lewis, selected 39 works for the final exhibit, and awards were presented during the opening reception.
Dale & Jeff Ocasio took home $100 for their Best in Show piece “Island Birds, Vincent & Lucia.” It is sculpted layered masking tape over recycled wire with magazine paper collage. The 2nd Place winner, Leo Johnson, won $75 for his collage on canvas called “Mr. Pop.” 3rd Place winner, Sheila Elsea, won $50 for her mixed media collage “Performer: Before the Show.” Juror’s choice awards went to Katherine Boren, Dan Cronin, Juan Diaz, Katie Gardenia, Polly Matsumoto, and Michelle Rothacker.
Participating artists include: Jayne Baker, Katherine Boren, Stacey Brown, KiKi Brewsaugh, Deborah Butler, Donna Chase, Dennis Church, Dan Cronin, Juan Diaz, Sheila Elsea, Patricia Esposito, Ronald Evans, Toni Ferrell, Karen Flanders, Lia Galletti, Katie Gardenia, Gay Germain, Andy Getch, Muffy Clark Gill, Donald Gilmore, Carolyn Gora, Leo Johnson, Mike Kiniry, Kim Goins Kosek, Julie Markytan, Polly Matsumoto, Carolyn McGahey, Kellen Beck Mills, Marilyn Niederman, Jeff & Dale Ocasio, Bea Pappas, James J.R. Roberts, Ava Roeder, Michelle Rothacker, Joel Shapses, Africa Valdez, Dale Weber, Beverly Yankwitt, Barbara Yeomans and Roseline Young.
The exhibit remains on display in the Alliance Main Gallery through November, 1. Acrylic paintings by Andrew Hart are featured in the Member Gallery, and watercolors by Honey Costa are displayed in the Foulds Theatre lobby. The November Alliance Members exhibit “100 Under $200” opens with a reception on Friday, November 7. You can download the prospectus HERE. The next juried exhibit at the Alliance “Printmaking” opens March 6, 2015.