Fort Myers Beach Art Association “Anything Goes” show opens
Fort Myers Beach Art Association Publicity Director also being featured at Shucker's Galleria this month
The Fort Myers Beach Art Association’s new show “Anything Goes” kicks off in its main gallery on Saturday, March 13 and will be joined by a new show in Studio 2 titled “COVID, Arts Collection.”
The non-juried shows will replace the spring juried show, which ends Thursday.
The “COVID, Arts Collection” exhibition includes paintings that artists did during the “COVID lockdown” when the art gallery was closed to the public for several weeks in the early stages of the pandemic. Artists worked from their homes, both nearby and far away.
Fort Myers Beach Art Association Publicity Director Pam Flaherty stated that the association members were presented with a nine-week painting challenge” between April and May.
“Each Wednesday, a photo and title was emailed to the artists. The artists would then either paint the photo or paint a similar subject of their choice. The following Tuesday the artists would share images of their paintings with fellow artists,” Flaherty stated.
Week 1: Fort Myers Beach landmarks
Week 2: Leaves
Week 3: Supplies
Week 4: Palms
Week 5: Pets
Week 6: Drive By
Week 7: Memories
Week 8: Take out / Dine in
Week 9: Doorways
The “Anything Goes” show runs through March 25 and is open to two-dimensional paintings including drawings, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pastel, collage, diptychs, hand pulled prints, serigraphs, woodcuts, batik, photography and sculpture. The only art not allowed is computer art, laser, giclee or iris prints. Without a jury, the only limit to the show is space on the wall. The association has approximately 150 members.
Mini masters are still available for sale at the gallery, located on 3030 Shell Mound Boulevard, off Donora Blvd. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with limited capacity and masking required.
Flaherty’s artwork is being showcased through April 5 at Shucker’s on the Gulfshore’s galleria on 1250 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.
There are 28 works in all – mostly acrylic paintings. Flaherty said she chose “more festive” and “upbeat” pieces for the galleria. “A lot of them are colorful.” Flaherty said she is fond of ammonite fossils. “It’s kind of beachy.”