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Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to hold open house during May Art Walk

By Staff | Apr 29, 2021

Easy way by Artist Juan Abuela. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will hold a full open house of the entire building on Friday, May 7, during Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. Come see the brand new Sidney’s rooftop sculpture garden and reception area, enjoy a walk through of the Davis School of Music classroom, check out Six Fingers Recording Studios, and view the two newest exhibitions! “Unfunctional Function”, a solo art show from the beautiful mind of artist Juan Abuela will be exhibited in the Grand Atrium. And showing in the Capital Gallery is a contrasting exhibition where artists of many talents were invited to participate in the “Functional Art” group show. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.

The unusual art show “Unfunctional Function” offers another look at how things are used, or not used. Things are not always what they appear to be once stripped of their functions. Striving to find balance by grasping at the intangible inner workings of the human mind, Artist Juan Abuela bends the unbendable, makes workable the unworkable, and takes the impossible into the possibilities. Abuela comes from a long line of artists and carpenters originating from the Republic of Cuba which is how he came to love the way simple timbers respond to his hands. He somehow hears its call to become what it wants to become rather than what is expected. His passion for balancing matter and spirit through color and design has fueled ambiguity in his works, creating what he calls a series of “Unfunctional Function”. Abuela invites the viewer into a contemplation of oneself while gazing directly into his own reflection. Learn more about Juan Abuela at https://www.juanabuelaartist.com/ 

In contrast to “Unfunctional Function”, a group exhibition, “Functional Art” is being shown in the Capital Gallery as it illustrates quite simply that we live in a world of practicality. There are many things in our lives we use in order to operate more easily in the modern age. These things must be in our space for functional purposes but there is no reason they should not also appeal to the eye. Functional art is designed to make us rethink the way we look at everyday things, sometimes by using unusual materials in their construction to impressively display elegance and craftsmanship which contributes positively to aesthetic value and beauty. The functional art genre can be remarkably inclusive: it encompasses everything from furniture and lighting to dishes and even books. While the terms “fine” or “high” art typically apply to traditional works of art on canvas, panel, paper, or stone, functional art infuses these aesthetic ideals into things that one might never have expected to view as art. Today many functional art objects are as avidly acquired by collectors as some of other fine-art pieces, such as sculptures and paintings. These items are appreciated just as much for their beauty as their use value. Group exhibition is curated by Cesar Aguilera.

The long awaited opening of Sidney’s rooftop sculpture garden and reception area is finally at hand. Join the vast art community as they celebrate the sharing of this phenomenal space atop the roof of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on the evening of Friday, May 7! Brand new at Sidney’s will be the serving of Sidney’s signature cocktails while everyone peruses the newest works of art including the spectacularly colorful “Heaven’s Gate” mural, created by Artsemble Underground’s Cesar Aguilera and Brian Weaver. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the River District and take a walk through the sophisticated sculptures temporarily on display from Miami artists. These high-caliber pieces will most assuredly please the eye.

Unfunctional Function Art Show Opening

May 7 – 27

For details visit https://www.sbdac.com/unfunctional-function/

For more information visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.

Functional Art Show Opening

May 7 – 27

For details visit https://www.sbdac.com/functional-art/

For more information visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Open House

Friday, May 7 – Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m.

Come see the brand new Sidney’s rooftop sculpture garden! Enjoy a walk through of the Davis School of Music classroom, Six Fingers Studios, and both art galleries.