The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will present the art of Daniel Venditti and Lyle Bowen on Friday, July 6, during Art Walk. The Art Walk opening is from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and the show continues through July 27. The Davis is located at 2301 First Street in the historic River District, downtown Fort Myers.
Local fine artist Daniel Venditti will be revealing his newest series entitled “The Nature of Things,” a collection of large works based on written prose about the cycle of life. The works incorporate woodcuts and paint on canvas.
Daniel Venditti has always been fascinated with the human form. That, coupled with a great interest in human nature, has formed his artistic style– a style that reveals much about himself, the subject, and the observer. Venditti received his Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in 1987. He later attended the New York Academy of Art and received his Masters in Painting and Sculpture in 1994. He also apprenticed with the Russian artists Komar and Melamid for most of the 90’s, working on print editions of DEATH Magazine and their America’s Most Wanted series of paintings. He spent 20 years in New York City, showing his work in various galleries in the city as well as international galleries and group shows. Currently, Venditti is living in southwest Florida, where his work is evolving, combining his time in New York with the aesthetics of his new surroundings. He is involved in many local non-profit and charitable organizations.
Fellow Fort Myers artist Lyle Bowen will be showing a series of paintings entitled the Botanical Puzzle Series, a combination of colorful botanicals and whimsical imagery. They are “artistic fanciful impressions on canvas” of his tropical backyard. The large canvases reflect several plants, such as crotons, bromeliads and orchids, surrounded by puzzle pieces.
Bowen was born in southern California but moved back to Fort Myers, his mother’s native city, at age 10. Bowen received an AA from Edison State College on an art scholarship. “Life happens,” Bowen says, “and I put the art on hold. I started painting again and recently had a one-man show at the TaGa Gallery at Chico’s headquarters, and the Musical Chairs Series sold out.” Of his new series, Bowen says, ” I began the Botanical Puzzle Series after Grandeur Magazine did a photo shoot of our backyard, and I noticed how all the plants are connected like puzzle pieces.” When not working, Bowen enjoys visiting his grandsons, Zane and Jude, in London.
During the opening, from 7:00 p.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m., Venditti will be creating live drawings of a group of talented ballet students who will be in a series of dance poses. All of the drawings will be for sale, and all proceeds (50/50) will benefit the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and Dance Bochette. The dance student volunteers come from well-respected dance studio Dance Bochette, established in 1951 and owned and operated by director Jeanne Bochette and her daughter and co-director Alyce Bochette. Emmy award winning and Grammy nominated composer and flutist Kat Epple will provide musical accompaniment. Ms. Epple plays jazz flute and also performs on indigenous flutes she has collected during her extensive travels to exotic locales around the globe.
Caroline Hostettler of Quality Cheese will be at the Opening with a delicious artisan cheese selection and gourmet creations made especially for this event. Dr. Sketchy will be outside by the light sculptures, with a muse, to help inspire guests to create art.