The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is proud to be showing the Art of Pam Schwantes, along with two of her art teacher friends. The exhibit opens during Art Walk, on May 4 at 6 p.m., and will also feature IB Art student pieces.
Stop in at the Davis Art Center for a celebration of Pam Schwantes’ 30 years of teaching art in Lee County Schools. She and her art teacher friends, Karen Autry and Jean Harper, will exhibit glass, acrylics, oils, photography, and water colors. There will be more than 70 IB student art pieces on display.
Mrs. Schwantes is retiring at the end of this school year after nearly 30 years of teaching in Lee County schools. She has taught at Riverdale and Estero and is currently at Fort Myers High. She graduated from Florida State University, won the Golden Apple in 2004, and earned the National Board certification in 2007. Showing her own work at the Davis Art Center is a dream come true, and she is thrilled to share the beautiful facility with her students and two art teacher friends: Karen Autry and Jean Harper.
Pam Schwantes is proud to teach the largest International Baccalaureate (IB) visual arts program in the world. This year, 69 of her seniors tested in Higher Level Visual Art, and they will all be represented at the Art Walk opening. Her students have one of the highest pass rates in the Fort Myers High IB program and boast the highest average score for HL tests. They concentrate on the art of photography. Schwantes still teaches silver gelatin darkroom photography, as well as digital photography and design and mixed media. Many of her students are now professional artists and photographers.
IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.
The celebration will include refreshments and entertainment.