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:
9. Gallery Showcase and Information Center at IberiaBank (Bayview Court at First Street) is the place for Art Walk T-shirts as well as buttons, maps, and brochures.
10. At The Franklin Shops on First Street, Art Walkers will find artistic treasures in Blind Dog Photography, Bryson Lunger Art, Dan-Signs, Frills, Joe Rossi Art Studio, Lourdes Mora-Shay Art, Natasha Cuevas Photography, Ocasio Casa, and Vincent Valle Photography. You’ll find the Franklin Shops on the corner of Broadway and First Streets.
11. Hotel Indigo is Fort Myers’ most exclusive boutique hotel. Part of the InterContinental Hotel Group, the hotel is known for plush guest rooms and swank public spaces that are transformed seasonally through changing signage, aromas, music and artwork. And artwork is definitely on display in the hotel lobby, where Matlacha artist Leoma Lovegrove has recently hung four “van Goghs” she was inspired to paint following a stop in Auvers during a trip to Europe.
“When I got back home, I wanted to reproduce the brilliant yellows of van Gogh’s wheatfield against the deep blue Normandy Sky,” Lovegrove said. She set to work and completed a dozen paintings in just three days and then hung them on the ceiling of her Matlacha studio, Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens.
Seven of the paintings have been sold, and one was inadvertently destroyed. But the four remaining works are on display at Hotel Indigo.
But don’t expect the paintings to be mere copies of van Gogh’s work. Lovegrove employed her own brush strokes and color palette, which even included neon paint. “This series also was the first time I used splattering,” she said. “But I don’t just throw paint haphazardly. There is method to my madness. I am true to the impressionistic style. [But] I Leomatized his portraits,” she said.
12. Lovegrove’s van Goghs are not the only work on display at Hotel Indigo. Upstairs in Indigo’s rooftop Phi in the Sky lounge is David Acevedo’s mural, The Heart of the City’s Sky.
Owners Tim and Catherine O’Brien commissioned the work in August following a month-long competition that Acevedo won because of his superb attention to detail, space, color and deep concentration on Fort Myers’ cultural society.
Says the hotel’s social media director, Kayla Dacosta, “David is not only a sensational artist, but his spirit runs deep and his work is an obvious statement of all things beautiful and exceptional in the world. He grasps color and moves paint in such a way that viewers feel awakened by his work. Hotel Indigo is very pleased and grateful to have David lending inspiration to the Phi in the Sky!”