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Art Walk kicks off Labor Day weekend

By Staff | Aug 31, 2011

The next monthly Art Walk will be held this Friday, Sept. 2 with local art galleries and art stops featuring several new exhibits and shows.

Then on Sunday, Sept. 4, the River District Alliance will host a Labor Day Weekend Block Party featuring live music on three stages. Those festivities begin at 6 p.m.

The monthly Art Walk runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. The September Art Walk will include more than a dozen art galleries and art stops and will include new art shows, live music, and the traditional after party.

In October, Art Walk will celebrate its third anniversary. This monthly cultural event draws between 1,500 and 2,500 people each month.

Some highlights of the Sept. 2 Art Walk:

Art of the Olympians – Table Tennis opening reception and exhibition match featuring former U.S. Open and Florida State Champion Marvelous Marvin Leff. Also, “21” featuring original works by 21 international Olympian artists.

Art League of Fort Myers – Opening reception for “Time of Transition” exhibit.

Arts for ACT Gallery – Opening reception for new show featuring artists Philip Heubeck, Sam Brough and Annie St. Martin.

Coloring The World – Opening reception for visiting featured artist Scott Guelcher.

daas Gallery – Opening reception for “Unfair: The Art of Alex Heria.”

The Franklin Shops – Artwork on display by one of America’s greatest wildlife illustrators, John James Audubon.

HOWL Gallery: Opening reception for a new exhibit featuring the fine art of Ohio based rock concert poster icon Derek Hess.

In One Instant – Opening of “Snap Flash Photo: Photography Portfolio of David Dack Maki.”

Leoma Lovegrove – “America America” showcases Lovegrove’s patriotic spirit and brilliant colors. Percentage of sales benefits local NYPD 1013 in tribute to the fallen of the 9/11 attacks on America 10 years ago.

Sidney & Berne Dais Art Center – Opening for master artist Stacie Krupa’s “Sassy Spicy Soulmates – Seahorses, Sea Turtles & Salty, Socialite Friends.”

Another highlight of the very popular evening is the weekly Friday Night Live free concert series which takes place in the Patio de Leon. Sista Sanjah (reggae) will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

Always a collector’s item, new Art Walk buttons will be available at galleries that night. Art Walk has its own T-shirt (in red or black). Shirts are available for a $12 donation at the IberiaBank gallery showcase during Art Walk.

In October, look for the return of the seasonal Saturday Art Fair along the sidewalks of downtown. This will be the third year for the monthly Saturday Art Fair which runs October through April. This year, the art fair is a juried event.

To find out more about the Saturday Art Fair, contact Claudia Goode at 239-337-5050.

A map of Art Walk, transportation, and parking will be distributed by participating galleries. For more information on Art Walk, participating galleries and links to gallery websites, visit www.fortmyersartwalk.com.