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BIG ARTS to host Art Vibe at opening reception

By Staff | Nov 28, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED The Kate Skales Band will perform on Dec. 1 at Art Vibe: A Free Celebration of Art, Food and Music, which will be held in conjunction with the opening reception of two of BIG ARTS' fine art exhibits.

BIG ARTS has something different planned for the opening night reception of its fine art exhibits “Altered Realties” and “Handmade: the Art of Ceramics” on Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“We wanted to reach out and invite everyone to experience the excitement of BIG ARTS and enjoy one of the most impressive juried exhibits we have ever mounted,” Marketing Manager Michael Dest said. “More than 121 submissions were received in two days from right here in our own backyard, to artists as far afield as New York and Maryland.”

In addition to the juried shows in the Phillips and Founders galleries, Art Vibe: A Free Celebration of Art, Food and Music will feature live music by the Kate Skales Band in the Boler Garden. There will be hors d’oeuvres from the Paper Fig Kitchen, craft beer by Point Ybel Brewing Company, wine from Bailey’s General Store and coffee by Shift Coffee Bar.

“We were looking for a band that would appeal across a wide demographic and when we heard Kate, we thought her voice and sound matched the energy and feel of the event perfectly,” he said of the four-piece band.

In the Phillips Gallery, “Altered Realites” is a surrealist show that reveals the ways that different artists manipulate underlying form to express their unique, abstracted vision of the world before them. The show features works that represent abnormal or manipulated realities. In the Founders Gallery, “Handmade: the Art of Ceramics” will feature ceramics that are not only functionally beautiful, but also uniquely created. The show explores the possibilities of the medium beyond functionality.

Awards for both exhibits will be announced during the event.

For more information, visit online at www.bigarts.org or call 239-395-0900.

The BIG ARTS main campus is at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.