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Art mirrors music for new Sidney & Berne Davis exhibit

By Staff | Mar 25, 2010

A “quilt” made of vinyl will be one of the pieces on display at “Turn, Turn, Turn — The Artistic Synthesis of Vinyl to Art,” opening at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on April 2.

Last year, Captiva resident and world renowned artist Rene Miville came across a collection of 60,000 vinyl records.

“I’m a music lover, a lot of the music that I love was originally produced on vinyl and, as an audiophile, I love to listen to music on vinyl,” Miville said.

Once he’d acquired the collection, he stored it in a spare building and began picking through the massive assemblage of vinyl that spanned many different musical styles and eras.

“We sorted through the records, and for me it was like an archaeological dig,” Miville said.

As Miville was sifting through the records, an idea formed.

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.

“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to use the album cover art to create sculptures and mobiles, montages and collages?'”

And that’s exactly what happened.

Miville approached the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers with his vinyl vision and, soon after, a call to artists was issued to South Florida – but artists from all over the state responded.

What resulted was an extraordinary exhibit five months in the making – “Turn, Turn, Turn – The Artistic Synthesis of Vinyl to Art.”

“We selected 30 artists and they all came down to collect records for their pieces,” Miville said, noting that one artist took 20 records away with her, planning to melt and shape them into calla lilies. Artists were asked to use the records themselves, the album covers or a combination of both.

“Another artist, Petra Kaiser, collaborated with artist Ronnie Ford to create an actual Buddhist temple,” Miville said.

Also featured in the exhibit will be a 15 foot tall Transformer-style robot and a movable 12 by 12 foot mechanical blind piece.

“There are all these installation pieces, whimsical pieces and what I like about this is that it’s not just your average contemporary exhibition. Everyone is very excited and people are enjoying creating their pieces,” Miville said. “We’re recycling the media into new media.”

The opening reception of “Turn, Turn, Turn” will take place during Art Walk, Friday, April 2, beginning at 6 p.m.

Following the reception at 8 p.m., the jazz and chamber music group PROJECT will perform.

“I hope this will be the signature event that will put downtown Fort Myers on the map as an art destination and I hope there’s going to be a big attendance from the Captiva and Sanibel crowd,” Miville said, adding how anxiously he’s been awaiting the premier of this unique event. “It’s just been a really great experience for me.”

The exhibit will continue through April 23.

For more information about the exhibit, visit www.SBDAC.com or call 239-333-1933.