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Hop on the BIG ARTS cultural party bus

By Staff | Feb 1, 2019

BIG ARTS is hitting the road with a comfortable bus tour that features many of Fort Myers most prominent art galleries on March 20.

It will include stops at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, The Alliance for the Arts, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery, Marcus Jansen’s Unit A and lunch at The Edison. Each visit will include a tour and talk.

“We are very lucky to have so much world class artistic talent right in our own backyard,” Lee Ellen Harder said. “This was a great opportunity to share with the Sanibel and Captiva communities, the amazing culture Southwest Florida has to offer.”

Guests will enjoy a full day of gallery hopping starting with a walk and talk with Jansen in his private gallery. Jansen is one of the most important representatives of postmodern painting in the United States of America where in 2011 he received the award as the most innovative artist of the year. He is one of a handful of international artists and leading combatant of the avant-garde, whose paintings are situated between contemporary and street or graffiti art elements that explore and document the human condition critically, socially and politically.

Following Unit A, the bus will make a stop at The Edison for lunch where guests can enjoy old Florida architecture and a menu of American classics. Afterward, the tour continues with DAAS CO-OP, Southwest Florida’s premier fine arts and crafts cooperative art gallery. Artist and founder David Acevedo will lead guests a on tour of the gallery and discuss their mission of making sure fine art is accessible to all.

The next stop will be the Alliance for the Arts, where guests will view their “33rd Annual All Florida Juried Exhibit.” Exhibitions Coordinator Krista Johnson will lead guests through the exhibition that features pieces created by artists working in a wide variety of media from all over the 65,000 square miles that make up Florida. The juried entries come together for an award-winning and exciting exhibition representing today’s contemporary Florida artists.

The final stop of the tour brings guests to the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, where Director Jade Dellinger will give a talk on the internationally renowned exhibit “GUERRILLA GIRLS: Rattling Cages Since 1985.” The Guerrilla Girls are an internationally-renowned feminist advocacy and art collective that maintain anonymity while confronting and addressing systemic problems of gender and racial parity in the art world. Attacking art institutions for discriminatory and inequitable practices on their own gallery walls, the Guerrilla Girls have designed a participatory chalkboard installation for visitor “complaints” and covered the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery floor-to-ceiling with an immersive selection of the group’s most notable public art/protest poster campaigns.

Tickets are $125 and include transportation, lunch, and wine and bites on the trip back. The pick-up location will be Publix Super Market at Sanibel Beach Place, at 20321 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers.

Tickets go on sale on Feb. 11.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the box office 239-395-0900.