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Rare Ikki Matsumoto painting, other 'cool' art at BA galleries

August 10, 2009
Submitted by CATHY PAUS

Step out of the heat to enjoy the cool art at BIG ARTS. See Ikki Matsumoto's painting, "Fog," and savor the peaceful, chilly, calm feeling. This 20" by 26" acrylic on stretched canvas was painted while the Matsumotos lived in Oregon in the early 1980s, and is a rare find.

Ikki Matsumoto is enamored with nature - birds, fish and wildlife are popular themes in his work. A student of artist Charles Harper in the late 1950s, he became an illustrator and designer. He published a book of "punch-out" animals and later illustrated the 1972 bestseller, "The Joy of Cooking."

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he produced paintings and prints for exhibitions in Sanibel and Tokyo. Now retired from owning an art gallery on Sanibel, he continues to paint and will have an exhibit with his wife, Polly, this December at BIG ARTS.

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'Fog,' an acrylic painting by Ikki Matsumoto, will be on display at BIG Arts beginning on Nov. 16.

Polly and Ikki Matsumoto's new works will be on exhibit in BIG ARTS Founders Gallery from Nov. 16 through Dec. 29. While many of Polly Matsumoto's works are mixed media - weavings on painted canvas with found objects on top or bottom of the piece - she also creates fiber wall hangings.

This summer, Founders Gallery hosts the BIG ARTS Members 2-D/3-D Show, open through Friday, Sept. 18. Founders Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibit is supported by Deborah and John La Gorce.

BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery is hosting an art exhibit with works created by the Sanibel Captiva Art League, open through Thursday, Aug. 27. The San-Cap Art League Exhibit is supported by Visual Arts Patron Season Sponsors June Rosner and Russ Bilgore. Phillips Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Call to artists for Fine Art Juried Sculpture Exhibit

BIG ARTS invites sculptors to submit entries for its October Juried Sculpture Exhibit. Entries must be hand delivered to BIG ARTS on Friday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon; sculpture cannot be accepted prior to receiving day.

More information and prospectus available at BIG ARTS office, or online at

Juror's Talk with Mary Voytek, FGCU Sculpture Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, will be held in Phillips Gallery at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 with an artists reception to follow.

Entry fee for one submission is $25 for current members, $35 for non-members. The second and third entry is $5 for each additional work submitted. Artists are encouraged to bring their own pedestals. Wall sculpture must be ready to hang.

Phillip Gallery's first dedicated sculpture exhibit is co-chaired by Jerry Churchill and Cornelia Reina. This exhibit will present fine art sculpture, as opposed to 3/D craft objects.

"The concept of what constitutes a sculptural object has drastically expanded since the late nineteenth century. Sculptors today work in a variety of media, techniques, and styles. They embrace traditional as well as non-traditional materials, forms, ideas, and methods," said juror Mary Voytek. "As the judge for BIG ARTS Fine Art Sculpture Exhibit, I will select artworks that exhibit significant aesthetic qualities such as originality, craftsmanship, dynamic form, and engaging subject matter. The submitted artworks may be any degree of three-dimensionality from low relief to full round."

All submitted sculpture must be work not previously exhibited at BIG ARTS. Awards will be given to First Place ($500), Second Place ($250) and Third Place ($125), plus two merit awards. All works must be available for purchase. Exhibit open from Oct. 5 through Nov. 13.

Sculpture Exhibit supported by Visual Arts Patron Season Sponsors June Rosner and Russ Bilgore.

All works in Phillips and Founders, including Ikki's "Fog," are for sale.

For further information about exhibits, information about upcoming events at BIG ARTS, to purchase tickets, sign up for workshops or become a member, call 239-395-0900, e-mail or log on to



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