Art and Music of Three Generations
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is proud to present G3: The art of three generations of the Lamers family. Opening festivities will take place on Friday, August 3, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in the River District, downtown Fort Myers.
Ken Lamers designed award winning institutional and public buildings in Lee and Collier counties, including the Northwest Regional Library in Cape Coral (along with daughter-in-law Angi who designed the interior). He built a studio in his home in 2005 and retired in 2008 to devote more time to fine art, which he has always loved. He came out of retirement temporarily to work as a consultant on the new downtown library, less than a block from the Davis Art Center. Mr. Lamers’ artistic accolades include winning “Best In Category” in the Digital Imagination show at the Alliance of the Arts. His fine artworks include watercolors, acrylics, figure drawings and digital photographs printed on canvas. He and his wife Mary have six children and seven grandchildren. Both of them come from “singing families,” and their children and grandchildren have inherited both artistic and musical talent. It is the talent of all three generations that will be showcased during the G3 show.
During his 26 years in southwest Florida, Ken Lamers designed many important buildings for the community — Lakes Regional Library, East Regional Library in Lehigh, Skyline, Diplomat, Edgewood, Colonial and Three Oaks elementary schools, the Charlotte Campus of Edison College, as well as a myriad of government buildings. In Naples, he designed Collier Historics, an automobile museum, and the original Teddy Bear Museum; in Bonita, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church; in San Carlos, Lady of Light Catholic Church; and in Fort Myers, Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. Photographs of some of the buildings he designed will also be on display at the show.
Mr. Lamers spent 25 years working as an architect in Wisconsin. After studying industrial design at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, he joined the Air Force for 6 months. Afterward, he found work with an architect doing architectural design and illustration. In 1962, he tried to get back into industrial design but all of the job offers were from architects. After entering the world of architecture by accident and working with architects for 15 years, he got his architecture license. In the early 80’s, a friend and colleague who had started his own firm in southwest Florida asked Mr. Lamers to join him. In 1984, Lamers moved to Florida to join his friend Chuck Schmitt at Schmitt Design Associates. The firm merged with Architectural Resources in 1990, also known as Barany, Schmitt and Weaver (BSW), and later BSSW.
Daughter Shell Lamers Redfern is Program Manager for Design Studies at Southwest Florida College. She practices graphic design by day (in fact, she is the Creative Director of the Davis Art Center), and also creates beautiful paintings, drawings, and photography.
Son Mark Lamers has more of a mechanical bent and works as an accountant, but he also builds furniture and cabinetry and shines in the area of photography.
Son Michael Paul has developed his harmonic web, which combines music, math and graphics on the computer, and he’s also written a rock opera. Michael’s daughter Mandalyn Paul writes music and poetry, sings, draws and paints. Michael’s other daughter, Jennifer, sings, composes, and plays piano and guitar.
Son Marty Lamers, who works as a search engine optimizer, is a musician and creative writer, plays piano and guitar, and sings. He will be providing background music at the opening.
Son Kent Lamers has a degree in computer science with a focus on computer animation. He creates paintings, pastels and intaglio prints.
Kevin, the youngest Lamers, is a builder and mill worker as well as a furniture designer. Kevin’s wife Angi, an interior designer, makes unique jewelry pieces. Kevin and Angi’s children, Macy and Sawyer, are also budding artists.
Each member of the family will present works at the August show. There will be a vast variety of music and art, as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Mary Lamers, who is well-known for her cooking and baking.