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Arts for ACT Gallery opening exhibit artists reception for a family of artists June 4

By Staff | May 20, 2021

Pat Cleveland - Florida Panther. PHOTO PROVIDED

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, Friday, June 4, from 6 to 10 p.m., for the opening reception and Meet the Artists for the June Fort Myers Art Walk. This month, ACT Gallery will feature abstract resin pours and realism from three generations of artists from one family. Pat Cleveland (posthumous) a donator to Arts for ACT for over 28 years, her daughter, Bonnie Turner and her grandson, Brock Turner. Also showing, New Works from our Co-op Artists!

Main and White Gallery –

Pat Cleveland, Bonnie & Brock Turner

The Pat Cleveland Tradition Continues

Pat Cleveland – age 3, copied a painting on her mother’s easel…this started a lifelong passion to paint. Graduating from the Pratt Institute of Design in New York, she was an interior designer until she retired. Upon retirement, Cleveland began to paint and was an award-winning artist. She had several solo exhibits across the United States producing mostly realistic art.

As Pat got older, she was diagnosed with macular degeneration and soon became legally blind. Her love of painting continued, but her style changed to abstract realism, becoming a looser painter with more vivid colors. Seeing an ad in an art catalog for acrylic pour paints, she became excited and at 85, explored the wonderful world of You Tube. Watching the acrylic pour videos. She promptly sent Bonnie to the store for supplies. This began the painting of a three-generation family.

Brock Turner with a construction background soon began teaching the very creative ways to produce an acrylic pour and to have fun as an artistic family until Pat passed away, in December 2019. Brock and Bonnie Turner continue to paint to the pour, processing their grief through therapeutic art.

They soon began posting to Instagram, and have taught Acrylic Pour Classes. In recent months, Brock has started his own YouTube Channel and posting on TikTok. He is currently trending on social media.

Come view these creative artworks from our dear friends, The Pat Cleveland Family, and support ACT Gallery.

This exhibit continues through Monday, June 28.

Arts for ACT Gallery provides a quality, contemporary exhibition gallery featuring original art, limited edition prints, giclees, hand-crafted fine crafts, tee shirts, silver and glass bead jewelry, gourd art, raku, clay, and art cards. It is a “must see” destination for all art lovers and collectors, providing a unique opportunity for everyone to learn and enjoy art. Highlighting the art of the current featured artist, the front gallery, reminiscent of galleries in SoHo, has 12 to 16 foot high ceilings, distressed brick walls, and warm wooden floors. It is a great opportunity to meet the galleries featured artists, have a glass of wine, and engage in lively artful discussions.

Arts for ACT Gallery is at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers.