Visual Arts Exhibits

Phillips Gallery
Monday – Friday, 1 pm to 4 pm (Year Round)
and Saturday, 1 pm to 4 pm (October to April)

Phillips Gallery Season Sponsor
June Rosner and Russ Bilgore

Founders Gallery
Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (April through December)
Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday 9 pm to 1 pm (January to March)

Founders Gallery Season Sponsor
Deborah and John La Gorce

BIG ARTS It's Illuminating

It's Illuminating

BIG ARTS invited all artists to submit entries for possible selection into the juried theme show, All entries had to include the theme of “illumination,” either creatively or literally. The entrance fee was $25 for current BIG ARTS members for up to two entries and $35 for non-members for up to two entries. BIG ARTS memberships begin at just $50 and artists may join or renew their membership during receiving. All artwork is available for sale.

Awards for first place ($500), second place ($250) and third place ($125) as well as merit awards ($50) and honorable mentions will presented during the artists reception. Artist, gallery owner and past President of International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA), Kathleen Conover, AWS, NWS, ISEA-NF, will be serving as the juror for this exhibit.

All entries were to be submitted for review to BIG ARTS between 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, April 2. No entries will be accepted after to the official receiving date and time.

All entries were to be submitted for review to BIG ARTS between 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, April 2. No entries will be accepted after to the official receiving date and time.

More information available at:
Prospectus It's Illuminating

Exhibit Open:
April 3 - April 29, 2014


Phillips Gallery Patron Season Sponsor
June Rosner and Russ Bilgore
Image of "Sea Reflections" acrylic foil collage by Deborah Butler

BIG ARTS Eliza Brewster Quilts and Prints

Eliza Brewster - Quilts and Prints

Since 1985 Eliza Brewster has been designing and sewing art quilts. As an early member of the Studio Art Quilt Association, her work has been shown in galleries across the United States as well in France and the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. Last year, Eliza resumed printmaking, working on monoprints with added collages.

Born in New York City (b. 1944), Eliza Brewster majored in painting at the Rhode Island School and then studied printmaking at the Art Students' League in New York City with Harold Sternberg. In 1966, Brewster joined Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Studio in lower Manhattan, working with several master printers until 1972. After leaving NYC, she moved to northeast Pennsylvania. For more information about Eliza Brewster’s work, please visit her website, www.fineartquilts.com.

 

Exhibit Open:
April 3 - April 29


Founders Gallery Season Sponsor
Deborah and John La Gorce
Image of "Finding Your Way" by Eliza Brewster

Student artwork

Youth Exhibit Beyond the Refrigerator Door

Beyond the Refrigerator Door exhibit in Phillips Gallery will feature artwork created by students from Cypress Lake Middle and High Schools, Lexington Middle School, and Sanibel School, as well as works from the Art by Kids with Cancer Project. The Young Artists Awards, a not for profit organization benefiting local students, works with the staff at the Pediatric Oncology/Hematology program at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to exhibit and sell the artwork of kids with cancer. Donated art supplies are used in a therapeutic setting for children being treated at the Hospital. Proceeds from the sales will provide assistance to families facing the financial challenges of childhood cancer.

Exhibit Open:
May 3 - May 30, 2014

Family Day and Artists Reception:
3 - 5 pm, Sunday, May 4
at BIG ARTS Center
 

Phillips Gallery Patron Season Sponsor
June Rosner and Russ Bilgore
Image of "Green Garden" - Student Artwork 2013

Fish Under the Sea

Youth Exhibit Open Doors

The Lee County Alliance for the Arts Open Doors Art Program celebrates its 25th Anniversary begins another semester of art classes. The art program is designed for children who demonstrate artistic interest or talent but who also have a financial need and the focus of the program is to provide these students with a venue to create and learn about art.
The program was founded in 1989 when prominent local artist Jean Dean met a little boy named Carlton White who was helping paint a mural. Impressed with his work Dean asked if he took private lessons and discovered he did not. Dean then made arrangements for a few hours on Saturday mornings and conducted lessons for Carlton and three or four other children at no cost to their parents.
The next year classes began at the Alliance but after a couple of years, health problems made it impossible for Dean to continue as director of Open Doors. She asked Leo Johnson to take over and today, there are numerous students enrolled in the classes.
The Lee County Alliance of the Arts Open Doors Art Program runs from September to June each year. The students are encouraged to express themselves freely and develop their creative potential. This scholarship program is by teacher referral and Leo and Krista Johnson serve as instructors.


Exhibit Open:
May 3 - May 30, 2014

Family Day and Artists Reception:
3 - 5 pm, Sunday, May 4
at BIG ARTS Center
 

Founders Gallery Season Sponsor
Deborah and John La Gorce
Image of "Fish Under the Sea" - Student Artwork 2013

Previous Exhibits This Season:

BIG ARTS Trick of Light

Trick of the Light: Black and White Photography Show

BIG ARTS Invited all artists to submit entries for possible selection into this juried theme show. This exhibit enabled artist/photographers to showcase their best work.

More information available at:
Prospectus Trick of the Light

Exhibit Open:
March 3- March 31, 2014

at BIG ARTS Center
 

Founders Gallery Season Sponsor
Deborah and John La Gorce
Image of Hand and Hat by Lynn Berreitter
BIG ARTS Latin Beat

Latin Beat

A selection of young artists who all come from a Latin background are showcased in this curated exhibit. The show is termed “Latin Beat” because of the connection often seen between the visual images and the rhythmic music of Latin culture. Just as Latin music has many variants from salsa to tango, so there are many variants in Latin art including content, media, and techniques.

The four artists featured in this exhibit are:

  • David Acevedo – (Puerto Rico) guest curator for the exhibit

  • Willow - (Cuba)

  • Quintin Perez - (Mexico)

  • Xavier Brignoni - (Puerto Rico)


Exhibit Open:
March 3- March 31, 2014

at BIG ARTS Center
 

Phillips Gallery Patron Season Sponsor
June Rosner and Russ Bilgore

Image: Face Web by Willow
BIG ARTS Based on Books

Based on Books

BIG ARTS invited ALL ARTISTS to submit entries for possible selection into this juried theme show. All entries needed to incorporate the theme of books: think outside or inside books, title, theme, character, place, action, reaction, travel, poetry, classic, comic, fantasy, fiction, history, mystery, page or spine. Two or three-dimensional works in any media were acceptable. Each artist could enter up to two entries.

Exhibit Open:
January 20- February 26

Phillips Gallery Patron Season Sponsor
June Rosner and Russ Bilgore

Image of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit Bookmobile by Linda Vroegindewey
BIG ARTS Based on Books

Gordon Coughlin- Retrospective

A retrospective of the oil paintings of award-winning Sanibel artist Gordon Coughlin (b. 1929), who has been painting for 50 years as a plein air artist in New England, Europe and Sanibel. The retrospective over a 50 year period showcases the evolution of his loose painting style through different stages of abstraction together with vivid colors and lively texture.

 

Exhibit Open:
January 20- February 26

Founders Gallery Season Sponsor
Deborah and John La Gorce

BIG ARTS Art Council of Southwest Florida Sanibel Captiva Art League

38th Annual Juried Art Council of Southwest Florida and
Sanibel - Captiva Art League Exhibit

The Art Council of Southwest Florida and the Sanibel-Captiva Art League invited artists to submit original artwork for selection in this juried theme show in Phillips Gallery. All artwork needed to contain "patterns" of objects, subjects or images. All entries were to be submitted for judging between 9 am and noon on Tuesday, December 3. Juror is Steve Rogers AWS, NWS.

Prospectus and more information available at: Sanibel-Captiva Art League, or at the office at BIG ARTS.

Exhibit Open:
December 4 to January 15

Phillips Gallery Patron Season Sponsor
June Rosner and Russ Bilgore
Image of At the Framers by Stanley G. Timson
BIG ARTS Big Small Buy It Off The Wall

Big & Small – Buy It Off The Wall

BIG ARTS invited members to submit original 2D or 3D artworks for selection in this juried show in Founders Gallery. All entries were to be submitted for judging by BIG ARTS Visual Arts Committee between 9 am and noon on Tuesday, December 3.
All works must be for sale. This cash and carry exhibit will provide a shopping experience for art lovers of all kinds!

More information available at:
Prospectus Big and Small Buy It Off the Wall

Exhibit Open:
December 4 to January 15

Founders Gallery Patron Season Sponsor
Deborah and John La Gorce

Image of China Syndrome by Deborah Butler
BIG ARTS ISEA

ISEA/NWS Wales International Exchange Exhibit

The International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) joined forces with the National Watercolor Society (NWS) to present an international exchange exhibit. The show will first be at BIG ARTS Founders Gallery, then moves to the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, California and then on to Art Central, Town Hall Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Country of Wales in 2014. The juror for the ISEA/NWS Wales International Exchange Exhibit is Linda Daly Baker, ISEA, NWS, AWS.
ISEA was founded in 1991 to promote the creation and awareness of experimental art. NWS works to encourage interest and excellence in watermedia paintings.

Exhibit Open:
October 19 through Saturday, November 28, 2013

Image of Pin Action by Linda Daly Baker
BIG ARTS ISEA

22nd Annual International Society of Experimental Artists Juried Art Exhibit

BIG ARTS Phillips Gallery will host the 22nd Annual ISEA International Juried Art Exhibit There were $10,000 in prizes awarded at the artists reception Saturday, October 19, 2013. Juror for this exhibit was Carrie Burns Brown, NWS.
ISEA was founded in 1991 by Maxine Masterfield and Grace Hegeman to promote the creation and awareness of experimental art. Experimental art means the work is innovative in concept, attitude, technique or materials. Their exhibits are held around the globe.

Exhibit Open:
October 19 through Saturday, November 28, 2013

Image of Hidden Below by by Maxine Masterfield

For Visual Artists Exhibiting at BIG ARTS in Upcoming Shows:

BIG ARTS needs a completed IRS Form W-9 (Request for Taxpayer ID Number) for all artists who have artwork in our galleries. Click here for link to download IRS Forms


To Propose an Exhibit at BIG ARTS:

Exhibitions at BIG ARTS are selected by our Visual Arts Committee. It is the mission of the Visual Arts Committee to integrate and support art in the community and foster a heightened awareness and appreciation for art by presenting a diversity of gallery exhibits from artists whose work will educate, enrich and challenge the imagination of the viewer. Click here for Exhibition Proposal Guidelines and Application



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