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45th Annual Juried Art Show on display at BIG ARTS

By Staff | Jan 7, 2021

JOAN MIKELSONS “Patience”

In concert with the Art Council of Southwest Florida, the Sanibel-Captiva Art League is hosting the 45th Annual Juried Art Show — “Exploration,” an eclectic multi-media exhibit — from now through Jan. 31 at the BIG ARTS Dunham Family Gallery. A virtual exhibit is available at https://bigarts.org.

Each year, the show features innovative art works with subjects both abstract and representational, covering themes both unusual and familiar. Working in a variety of media, including two- and three-dimensional pieces, artists in Florida have produced works to delight and intrigue the viewer.

“The artwork submitted to this exhibit was varied and well done. There are several different mediums and many many different styles used,” Michele Barron Buelow, chairman of the exhibit and a SCAL board member, said. “This will be a beautiful exhibit appealing to everyone in some way.”

This year’s exhibition is juried by Barbara Anderson Hill, who runs Hill Fine Art Consulting and was the previous executive director and curator at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples. A resident of Sanibel during the 1970s and ’80s, she was one of the founders of BIG ARTS. Hill owned and operated a pottery school on the island and was an adjunct professor at Edison Community College.

“While not intended, I found the ‘Exploration’ title of this 2020 Sanibel-Captiva Art League exhibition to actually be a very appropriate theme, with so many artists focusing on places near and far, and what one might discover while there,” she said. “I thank each of the artists who submitted the 93 artworks for review. This will be a beautiful show, highlighting the talents of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League and members of the Art Council of Southwest Florida.”

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 hung for a single day in the Captiva Post Office a year earlier. Since then, the SCAL has evolved into presenting large exhibits and juried shows in public venues, such as the Sanibel Public Library and Captiva Community Association. It currently has about 160 members from across Southwest Florida.

The art council is a consortium comprised of 21 Southwest Florida art leagues.

Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Masks are required to enter the building, and there is a 25-person limit in the gallery.

For more information, visit BIGARTS.org or SanCapArt.org.

The BIG ARTS Dunham Family Gallery is at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.