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BIG ARTS to exhibit SCAL’s annual juried show

By Staff | Feb 21, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED “Flower Challange” by Michele Barron Buelow

BIG ARTS will host the Sanibel Captiva Art League’s 44th Annual Juried Art Council of SW Florida Exhibit, which will open to the public on March 5 and will feature new works by regional artists.

An artist reception will be held on March 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Dunham Gallery. Free to attend, it will feature awards, as well as complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.

“It’s really exciting to be able to host so many fabulous local artists in our new state-of-the-art gallery,” Gallery Manager Lauren Huff said. “The Sanibel Captiva Art League’s annual juried show is always one we look forward to on the calendar. We’re really fortunate to have so many talented artists in our community.”

Anita Force Marshall, president of the SCAL, is also excited about this year’s show.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “BIG ARTS and their dedicated and talented staff have always welcomed Sanibel Captiva Art League with open arms, and we are very honored to be one of the first exhibits to show off their new digs – it’s a must see.”

The SCAL was started in 1964 by a group of 25 island artists who wanted to further the interest in art within the community. Its first show of 19 paintings was hung for a single day in the Captiva Post Office. The SCAL has since evolved into large exhibits and juried shows in public venues, such as the Sanibel Public Library and Captiva Civic Center.

“Well let’s start with our theme, 2020,” Marshall said when asked what is new with this year’s show. “It inspires our artists to bring in their most recent and superlative artwork for this show in the wonderful new Dunham Gallery at BIG ARTS.”

“My favorite part of our annual show is the anticipation of seeing all our talented local artists bringing in their best artwork and then seeing it hanging in the gallery all together. It really moves me seeing all the artists in one room. It’s spectacular,” she added. “My second favorite part is the BIG ARTS reception where you get to see our island residents all in one place – the artists, the locals, the visitors, everyone comes out and we have a fabulous time.”

The exhibit will be on display until March 29.

For more information, visit BIGARTS.org or call 239-395-0900.

The Dunham Gallery is at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.