From 6-10 p.m. on Friday night, February 3, downtown Fort Myers celebrates Art Walk, a monthly self-guided tour of new art exhibits and streetside craft demonstrations taking place in the River District’s 12 art galleries and boutiques, the Art League of Fort Myers on Monroe, Art of the Olympians in the City Pier Building at the end of Hendry Street, Arts for ACT Gallery, Coloring the World on Dean Street, daas Gallery, Enjewel, HOWL Gallery/Tattoo, In One Instant Gallery of Photography, Savvy on First, Space 39, Syzygy Gallery, and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. In addition, ArtFest Fort Myers adds to this month’s festivities by allowing the Art Walk crowd access to 50 of the festival’s finest artists from 5 until 10 p.m.
Here’s more of what there is to see and do in the River District this Friday night:
18. Savvy on First is right next door to Arts for ACT Gallery and across the street from Enjewel. Says owner Lisa Boucher, “Savvy on First provides a fabulous shopping experience for the discriminating and savvy customer at a sensible price. We bring together over 300 artisans to bring you the most current, unique and clever creations, including … art work, unique clothing, gift items, jewelry, handbags and home decor. We carefully select one-of-a-kind pieces that will evoke feelings of joy, amazement, humor and wonder.”
Lisa also proudly notes, “We have just opened a new location at 9405 Cypress Lake Drive. Check us out on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.373817085977475.109420.100000475605297&type=3&l=0aa4175592 and then drop in on us and say hello.”
19. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is the neoclassical revival building with the slender Ionic columns that’s located at 2301 First Street. For this Friday’s Art Walk, the Art Center presents new exhibits featuring the work of popular Sanibel artists Ikki and Polly Matsumoto, along with the equestrian art of Sherry Rohl.
Ikki and Polly Matsumoto met at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, married following graduation and landed in Sanibel Island in the mid-70s. There, they opened an gallery and pursued their respective art careers.
The son of a well-known Tokyo cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, Ikki established a career as a wildlife artist and printmaker.
Polly has been working with fiber as long as she can remember, but she learned to weave when her sister-in-law went to Japan for a few years and asked Polly to store her loom. She now spins, dyes and incorporates weavings, paintings and found objects into mixed media pieces that are filled with earthy colors and rich textures.
Sherry Rohl likes drawing, painting and horses. “Art school, children and life led me to explore other visual modalities,” Rohl explains, “but now art school is a dim memory, the kids are grown, and life has led me back to drawing and painting… and the compelling horse.”
Ms. Rohl studied at the College of Design, Art and Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. She has shown her work in galleries throughout Florida, including The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, the Florida Center for Contemporary Art in Tampa, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Society of Four Arts in Palm Beach.
Caroline Hostettler of Quality Cheese will be at the Opening, with a delicious artisan cheese selection and simple sandwiches.