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Opening exhibit, group exhibit set for Arts for ACT Gallery

By Staff | Jul 31, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED “Waiting 4U2 Call Me,” by Patrick Conolly

Join the Arts for ACT Gallery in downtown Fort Myers on Aug. 2 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception of artist Patrick Conolly in the main gallery and open themed group exhibit for “Altars, Shrines and Cabinets of Curiosities” in the White Gallery.

Conolly has dabbled with the arts all his life. Using acrylics, his art appears spontaneously from his imagination. Most of his recent works celebrate and reflect the unique beauty of Southwest Florida. He plays with the surface of his canvases, making them smooth and shiny. His line work is minimal while his colors are bright. His large works are simple, while the smaller works are filled with detail.

His more recent paintings include “redefining” earlier works, some of which are one-of-a-kind prints, while others are something quite new. He has created a numbered series called “Conolly’s Folly.”

“All my life I have dabbled with the arts, and now the arts seem to be dabbling with me,” he said.

In “Altars, Shrines and Cabinets of Curiosities,” artists make them to pay homage to loved ones, their muses, as points of power or religious focus. Some are mystical, most are fashioned from found objects and created with found objects. The objects used in the shrines are dear to the creator or connected to the deity or person in the altar. Cabinets of Curiosities can be a collection of notable objects encased in an altered cabinet. Collections can be historical, religious or antiques.

PHOTO PROVIDED “Frida Shrine,” by Claudia Goode

Creating an altar or shrine or cabinet of curiosity is a scared act of power and grace. These pieces create and show devotion, love, and loss and connects us with life energy. You can expect to see an array of eclectic, surreal, and whimsical altars, shrines and cabinets of curiosities.

The exhibit continues through Sept. 2.

The Arts for ACT Gallery is at 2265 First Street, Fort Myers.