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CCA’s newest exhibit to feature work of two artists

By Staff | Jan 14, 2020


The Captiva Civic Association will host an opening reception this week for its new exhibition, “Two Artists – Two Perspectives,” an invitational exhibit showcasing the work of two island artists.

It will take place on Jan. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center.

Open to the public, the reception will feature refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres.

“The two women artists exhibiting are Joan Klutch and Sissi Janku,” Molly Barbee, the art chairperson for the CCA, said. “Both have unique styles, using diverse mediums in vibrant colors.”

“They have different styles, but are influenced by several of the same well-known artists,” she added.


There are approximately 40 pieces in the exhibition.

“The themes and subjects of the pieces vary, ranging from whimsical to dramatic, realistic to abstract, contemporary to nature, tropical to tidewater – all inspiring,” Barbee said.

Janku’s style has had many sources of inspiration and her travels have provided much inspiration, according to the CCA. She was born and studied in Germany and then moved to Hawaii, where Janku also studied. She later relocated to the mainland United States, then eventually settled on Sanibel.

Janku’s outdoor studio space is a luxury and reflects her passion for tropical themes.

“I feel closer to nature,” she said.


Untamed landscape of native foliage, driftwood and water, as well as many birds and an occasional alligator influence Janku’s creative work, the CCA reported. She has worked with watercolors and oils, but recently turned to acrylics as her medium of choice. The versatility of acrylics supports Janku’s latest style of painting, which is full of movement and fun.

She described her recent tropical seascapes as a combination of whimsical, abstract and realism.

A native of Long Island, New York, Klutch has more than 30 years of experience as a painter, sculptor and printmaker.

“My paintings have evolved from a traditional style, to a more expressionist palette abstracting the essence of nature’s shapes, colors and lines,” she said.

Klutch works in a variety of mediums, such as watercolor and acrylic, to include mix media and collage, the CCA reported. Her work predominately displays elements of abstract expressionism and contemporary design.


In Klutch’s early career, her inspiration came from a variety of contemporary artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Georgia O’Keefe and others, according to the CCA. Their techniques are a major influence for her early and current works.

“I express my feelings using symbols and colors, communicating my vision of the world as a poet conveys by verse,” she said.

“Two Artists – Two Perspectives” will be on display through Feb. 6.

Barbee noted that neither Janku nor Klutch has exhibited at the gallery before.

“Which is exciting for both the Captiva Civic Association and both artists,” she said. “We are anticipating a handsome hall after the pieces are hung and a good showing for the reception.”


The public is encouraged to come by.

“The CCA has been putting on art exhibits for many years,” Barbee said. “The exhibits present the opportunity to bring recognized artists to exhibit and further the community connection.”

The gallery is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.; viewings are also available by appointment. For more information, visit www.ccacaptiva.org or call 239-472-2111.

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