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BIG ARTS brings in art work from all over the globe

By Staff | Oct 26, 2017

Ryota Matsumoto won the "Gracie" award for his piece "Still from Cities of Inextricable Velocities." ASHLEY GOODMAN

The 26th annual International Society of Experimental Artists’ Juried Exhibition and Symposium which debuted at BIG ARTS earlier this month displays work from artists from as far as Japan.

The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 27, features 87 pieces – of all different types of mediums in Phillips Gallery. Art work from ISEA board members can be viewed in the Founders Gallery, all of the pieces are for sale.

“This is really a good show,” said Bea Pappas, fourth vice president of the International Society of Experimental Artists.

Two Sanibel artists, Deborah Butler, recording secretary of the International Society of Experimental Artists, and Joan Klutch, have pieces in the exhibit.

“There are a lot of wonderful techniques here – some that are very new. Some of it may seem to be traditional but it really isn’t because it may have some unusual technique or material to it,” Butler said.

The artist reception will take place Friday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served – awards will also be presented. The exhibit is juried by Jade Dellinger, director of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College. The exhibit gives approximately $10,000 in awards every year.

The symposium, which is scheduled for Oct. 23-29 will give participating artists a taste of the island. Artists will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, demos and tour Useppa Island and other galleries in Fort Myers. The symposium will be hosted by Sundial Resort & Spa.

ISEA was originally founded in 1991 by Maxine Masterfield and Gracie Hegeman after both women felt tied down by the rules of art exhibits of other leading national and international art groups. The annual juried ISEA exhibits have been held in Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington State and California. The highest achievement, the “Gracie” award, is given out to a different artist every year.

Both the Phillips and Founders Galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the show, call 239-395-0900.