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Island Contemporary show comes to Captiva March 21

By Staff | Mar 16, 2009

Beginning on Saturday, March 21, the Captiva Civic Association will host the Island Contemporary Exhibition in the CCA’s community center.

The show was organized by the Art Modern Gallery in Naples and will feature the work of world renowned artists such as Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg and emerging artists like Darryl Pottorf and Stella Farwell.

“Most collectors are looking for the more ‘blue chip’ artworks or works in museum shows [and] often find themselves traveling off island. But this show gives Sanibel and Captiva art-goers a chance to view works of historical significance right here in their back yard,” said gallery director Robert Fontaine of the Art Modern Gallery.

Equally important, Fontaine noted, is the fact that this particular show features internationally emerging artists in addition to revered artists from both Sanibel and Captiva.

“This group show is certainly a wonderful melting pot of creative insights and viewpoints from many ingenious perspectives,” he said.

The premise of this new exhibition is to showcase a collection of works representing the last 50 years of art history while providing an equally fascinating look at the direction of where fine art is heading in terms of style and ever-changing subject matters.

“Artists such as Miro and Picasso, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Christo, are only a few of the historical names showcased during this group show, not to mention works by emerging artists such as Robert Mars, Stella Farwell, Troy Abbott, Dakota Sica, Susan Merritt, Karen Stone, and Darryl Pottorf,” Fontaine said.

According to Fontaine, each piece was handpicked for the exhibition based on how it could fit into the show, with regards to how well the quality of the work matched the caliber of the revered artists who had came before them. “The show is a sort of chronology of movements and icons that have graced the pages of art history and even, at times, our own local art history,” he continued.

There will be 39 pieces in the show coming from private collections and the artists themselves, including paintings, sculpture and paper works.

All of the pieces in the exhibition are for available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds from the sales will benefit the Captiva Civic Association Foundation, the host organization for what Fontaine terms as a unique event.

A “Collector’s Opening Reception” will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CCA community center, complete with light hors d’oeuvres and libations.

The exhibition will also be open for public viewing Sunday, March 22 from noon to 3 p.m.

Please call the Captiva Civic Association to make an appointment for a private viewing between March 23 and April 14.

The Art Modern Gallery is located at 751 12th Avenue South in Naples. If you would like more information about the gallery, visit www.artmoderngallery.com or call 239-263-1137. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday or by appointment.