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Opening reception planned for CCA’s newest exhibit

By Staff | Jan 16, 2019


The Captiva Civic Association will host an opening reception on Jan. 17 for an artists’ invitational exhibition – “Art: Why We Get Up in the Morning?” – located at the Captiva Civic Center.

It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with music, refreshments, and light hors d’oeuvres.

The three exhibiting artists are Katie Gardenia, David Ruhe and Susan Scott.

“All three have unique styles, using diverse mediums in vibrant colors,” Executive Director Paul Garvey said. “Themes and subjects of the pieces vary, ranging from humorous to dramatic, fantasy to realism, contemporary to nature, and awe-inspiring.”

Similar to her former neighbor, Robert Rauschenberg, Gardenia evolved her own three-dimensional art style by incorporating scraps and creative object combinations. Her works include doll sculptures, furniture with hand stitched designs, pillows embellished with lavish beads, hand-tatted, crocheted and knitted necklaces and bracelets, and intricately created purses, shawls, and scarves.


Ruhe has a realistic style with a magical touch. He believes that a painting is more than just a piece on the wall. According to Ruhe, there is a story behind every image and behind that story, even a larger tale of the artist. He has always been attracted to the abundant wildlife and beaches in Florida.

“I like to capture wildlife within intimate, poetic moments. My landscapes are designed to transport the viewer into another world and invite them to explore the story of their surroundings,” Ruhe said. “I also enjoy taking everyday objects and infuse my still life paintings with what I call ‘playful abandon.'”

A resident of Captiva and Sanibel for the past 20 years, Scott is a fine arts graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University. While pursuing a career in the design field, she continued to focus on painting in all styles and mediums. Ten years ago, Scott discovered the fun of playing with fabric, stitches and three-dimensional objects.

“Art: Why We Get Up in the Morning?” is on display through Feb. 7.

For more information, visit online at www.ccacaptiva.org or call 239-472-2111.


The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane. The gallery is open for viewing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; viewings also available by appointment.