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Captiva exhibit features island artists

By Staff | Jan 28, 2015

Pat Levinson (left), Eleanor Dominek, Marion Hall and Yola Downey at the exhibit. PHOTO PROVIDED

Four of the top artists from the islands displayed artwork featuring differing styles, mediums and subject matter, at the opening of the Captiva Eclectic Art Show Thursday night (Jan. 15).

The show will remain on display at the Captiva Community Center (CCA) gallery, 11550 Chapin Drive, through the end of the month. It is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After this show closes at the end of the month, the CCA will host the Sanibel Captiva Art League’s “Island Art,” a juried exhibition of more than 60 new pieces on Feb. 5-26.

The Art League also has a show of many of its artists’ works opening Feb. 2 at the Sanibel Library, and its March 15 annual Clothesline Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15 at the Sanibel Community Center.

“This is a beautiful gallery,” said Kathleen C. Taylor, who heads the Sanibel Captiva Art League, of the CCA’s remodeled and enlarged gallery. “And it has virtually no size limit, so these artists can put some of their biggest works on display.”

Artist Pat Levinson mixes paintings and sculpture. PHOTO PROVIDED

As for the artists, she said they are not merely good local artists.

“These are artists who have won lots of prizes over the years,” she said. “They have won all of the national recognition you can think of.”

Their art varies from huge, almost abstract oil paintings by Eleanor Dominek, to Pat Levinson’s often whimsical sculptures, Yola Downey’s traditional landscapes, and Marion Hall’s many realistic often impressionistic watercolors of local birds and wildlife.

If their work was eclectic, so are their backgrounds.

Dominek is a former a Michigan college administrator; Downey a chemist who was born in Poland; Levinson, tends a horse barn when not in residence on Captiva; and Hall worked as a physical therapist with patients who had serious brain injuries.

Shirley Coleman and Terry Coleman at the Jan. 15 show. PHOTO PROVIDED

The artists were chosen by CCA Art Committee Chair Sue Sherlock.

Marion Hall’s watercolors run the gamut from realist to impressionistic. PHOTO PROVIDED