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CCA hosts the mixed media of Susan Scott

By Staff | Feb 2, 2011

On Thursday, Feb. 10, Captiva artist — and part-time ballroom dance champion — Susan Scott will debut at the Captiva Civic Association in her first solo exhibition.

Scott’s exhibit will be a blend of quilts, watercolors and collage, making “hybrid media” seem like a more apt description than “mixed media.”

That’s because Scott allows her inspiration and technique to blur the lines between defined media, weaving a tapestry on the canvas and painting stitches into textiles.

Scott graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with a degree in Fine Arts. She pursued a career in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York, with a focus on Commercial Interior Design, later narrowing her scope of work to specializing in Health Care and Long Term Care facilities.

Throughout her professional life, Scott has dabbled in various media, but she said she always comes back to her first love of watercolor.

But six years ago, Scott discovered a new passion.

“There’s a wonderful group of women in Sanibel who quilt and who had seen my work. I’ve always been a seamstress — I made all my clothes in school — and I gravitated to it,” Scott said, noting that she immediately immersed herself in the rich colors and patterns of fabric.

And even more recently, Scott discovered another passion that inspires her work — ballroom dancing.

After getting her start on the 2010 Dancing with the Islands’ Stars at the Sanibel Community House, Scott threw herself into dancing, traveling as far as Puerto Rico to perform in professional competitions. She’s won several top awards in various competitions.

“My costumes have all these stones and beads and they’re just so beautiful. They inspire me. I even wear my dance shoes when I paint — just in case I want to practice,” Scott said. “My dance has taken me outside of the box. It’s a different planet — and it makes you think on a different level. Dancing is the purest form of art, I believe that. It really frees you. It just comes from within.”

Scott said she paints like she dances — taking creative cues from the canvas and materials she’s working with, much like a dancer is moved by the music.

“My work is organic, there’s no hard edge. I don’t have a plan, and the work develops as I go along,” Scott said, noting that some pieces in her show have titles such as “Feeling Groovy,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Out of the Womb.”

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place at the Captiva Civic Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

“I’m excited because I don’t show my art often. Art is so subjective, and I’m excited for people to see this other side of me,” Scott said.

For more information about the exhibit, call the Captiva Civic Association at 472-2111.