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Two new artists join Tower Gallery

By Staff | Feb 8, 2019

Tower Art Gallery recently announced that fabric artist Sally Dutko and minimalist acrylic painter Patrick Conolly have joined the fold of artists at the Sanibel venue.

There will be a chance to meet them at the opening reception for the new exhibit, “Life in Bloom,” on Feb. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 51 Tarpon Bay Road. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Dutko is an award-winning artist from New York. She dyes and paints much of the fabric used in her art quilts and mixed-media collages. The works, unlike traditional quilting, are more like painting with fabric and thread. Dutko’s combination of hand-dyed fabric, transferred images and geometric compositions make her artistic vision shine.

“I really get inspired by anything and everything,” she said. “I don’t have a single source that I look to for ideas. I have a wealth of ideas in my head all the time. I am very lucky that way. I’ve never experienced a block, it just comes out in volume all the time.”

With some exceptions, most of Conolly’s art springs spontaneously from his imagination. His brightly-colored canvas paintings, with their smooth semi-gloss surfaces, bring to mind the pop art of mid-century America. But they have a minimalistic, more relaxed tropical vibe that is a perfect fit for the Sanibel and Captiva lifestyle.

“Although I never know quite what will appear on my next canvas; much of my recent work celebrates and reflects the unique beauty of Southwest Florida,” he said. “Lately I’ve been playing around with surfaces both flat and shiny, as well as line work that is somewhat minimal or painted with very bright colors. My larger works may look simple, while my smaller ones can be filled with tiny details.”