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CCA to open art season with island-themed show

By Staff | Dec 3, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED First place winner David King with “Greater Egret.”

The Captiva Civic Association will kick off its 2019-2020 art exhibition season this week with an opening reception for the first of four exhibits planned at the gallery over the coming months.

Hosted in conjunction with the Sanibel-Captiva Art League, “Destination Captiva” will showcase artwork centered around all things Captiva. A total of 60 pieces of newly-rendered art will on display, created and submitted by SCAL and CCA members, plus other local artists, according to officials.

“It’s fabulous art,” Kathy Taylor, a SCAL member and event co-chair with Joan Reynolds, said. “They’re going to see scenes of Captiva – it’s a snapshot.”

She noted that all of the pieces are paintings.

“There’s watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastels,” Taylor said. “There’s pen and ink.”

PHOTO PROVIDED “Captiva Beach” by second place winner Keith E. Johnson.

Open to all area artists, the exhibit received nearly 90 submissions for consideration.

“You didn’t have to belong to anything,” she said of opening it up to those unaffiliated with the CCA and SCAL, adding that there are plenty. “We want them to have a place where they’re welcome.”

A juried show, the top three placers were announced last week. First place went to David King for “Greater Egret,” second place to Keith E. Johnson for “Captiva Beach” and third to Audrey Chiaradio for “Gulf Jewels.” Selected by the Arts Committee, one artist will take home the “Captiva Award.”

“It will be announced at the opening reception,” Taylor said.

As for the pieces picked for the exhibit, visitors may see their favorite artist.

PHOTO PROVIDED Third place winner Audrey Chiaradio with “Gulf Jewels.”

“We have many returning artists – they get to see what they’ve done recently – and we have a number of new artists who have not exhibited with us before,” she said. “It’s a broad group.”

Coinciding with the CCA’s Holiday Social, the reception for “Destination Captiva” will be held on Dec. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center, with refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Approximately 200 people attended the season-opening event in 2018.

“It’s really a beautiful reception. The building is gorgeous – the lighting and the openness of the building,” Taylor said. “It’s focused on socializing and looking at the art and buying pieces.”

All the artwork is available for purchase, with a portion to benefit the CCA.

“Everything is for sale,” she said.

Residents and visitors are invited to come out.

“It’s a good occasion to meet the artist. This is an occasion where they’ll be able to do that, and to renew friendships,” Taylor said. “Everybody knows people there.”

On display through Jan. 2, the exhibit will be open for viewing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. or by appointment; the gallery will be closed on Dec. 24 and 31. On Dec. 29, the exhibit will be on display from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Captiva Chapel by the Sea.

The CCA has three additional exhibitions planned for the rest of the season.

Opening on Jan. 16, the second exhibit will feature the works of two artists – Joan Klutch and Sissi Janku. On Feb. 13, the SCAL and CCA will sponsor an artists invitation exhibition with 10 artists. On March 19, visual artists once in-residence at the Rauschenberg Residency will provide a glimpse into what can happen during the five weeks on the island.

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

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva.