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Contemporary art is theme of CCA’s last show of season

By Staff | Mar 12, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED “Publicon Station VI” by Robert Rauschenberg

A collector’s preview and reception is set for the Captiva Civic Association’s final exhibition of the season, which will showcase masters like Robert Rauschenberg, plus emerging and local artists.

The event will take place on March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center.

Open to the public, there will be live music, hors d’oeuvres and a donation bar.

The show is curated and produced by Robert Fontaine, with the Robert Fontaine Gallery.

“The curator is a gallerist from Miami Beach,” Executive Director Paul Garvey said, noting that Fontaine grew up on Captiva and is a former CCA scholarship recipient who attended FGCU.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Gin, Sunny and the Gang” by Rose Gilligan

“This will be his fifth year doing this,” he added of the exhibition.

Fontaine’s business on the east coast is a “blue chip” gallery.

Called “Island Contemporary,” this season’s show is a group exhibition highlighting local and international contemporary artworks by critically-acclaimed and historically-relevant master artists, alongside local and emerging talents. The selection represents the past 100 years of art history.

“It’s a fun interesting show,” Garvey said. “Something you may not see around the island.”

“Some of the art is museum quality,” he added. “And it’s hung as if it would be in a museum.”

PHOTO PROVIDED “Mega Forecast” by RYCA

Along with Rauschenberg, some of the artists will include Stella Farwell, Susan Sherlock, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Rosie Gilligan, Luis Lazo, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Larry Rivers, RYCA, Strook, Vickie Vainionp and Bernar Venet. A mix of known names and up-and-comers.

“We have a few local artists in it,” Garvey said.

He pointed out Sherlock, the former Art Committee chair for the CCA, and Farwell.

“It helps get people interested in coming,” Garvey said.

All exhibiting artworks are available for purchase, with a portion to benefit the CCA.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Dingos and Diggers in the Desert” by Maija Peeples

“Everything is available for sale,” he said.

Entertainment will be provided by bluegrass musicians from the islands.

Residents and visitors are welcome to swing by.

“It’s names that are recognizable in the art world,” Garvey said of the season’s finale.

The exhibition will run through April 25.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Abstract 4” by Mark Dyball

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 noon to 2 p.m.; viewings also available by appointment.