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BIG ARTS launches virtual gallery for ‘Fast Forward’

By BIG ARTS - | Jun 11, 2021


BIG ARTS recently launched a virtual gallery on its Website of the exhibit “Fast Forward,” which features seven up-and-coming artists who are alumni of Florida SouthWestern State College.

Curated by FSW’s Humanities and Fine Arts Chair Dana Roes, it showcases a wide variety of styles and mediums and features works by Martha De la Cruz, Dalton Howard, Alejandro Gómez Hernandez, Claire Malécot, Leila Mesdaghi, Kirsten Pettifor and B.A. Wikoff. Site visitors can navigate through a high-definition 3-D rendering of the gallery to view the works of art and learn more about the artists.

“The virtual galleries are a great way for us (to) share these wonderful young artists and their work with a much wider audience,” BIG ARTS Programs and Gallery Manager Lauren Huff said. “Many of our patrons are seasonal, and the virtual gallery allows them to experience our summer exhibits and share them with their friends back home.”

“Fast Forward” is a multi-media exhibition in which the artists imagine the future from the vantage point of this historically turbulent and uncertain time. The work ranges from pieces as personal as sewing together one’s cultural and familiar heritage, to ones that explore the wider world and interrogates colonialism and income inequality. One piece offers solutions to competitive occupations through an alternative game of chess where players work collaboratively to turn pawns into queens.

To view the virtual gallery, visit bigarts.org.


The public can view the exhibition in-person Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the box office at 239-395-0900 or visit bigarts.org.

BIG ARTS is at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.

LEILA MESDAGHI “The Queens Rising Variation”