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THE RIVER - DECEMBER 25, 2015
Opening Reception At FGCU Gallery
The Art Galleries of Bower School of Music & the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast
University will hold an opening reception at the Main Gallery in the Arts
Complex for Borborygmus: Or Beware the 3-Fingered Mouse exhibition from
5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 21. A gallery talk with artist Roger Chamieh begins
at 6 p.m. The exhibition runs through February 25, and is made possible with the
support of Gene and Lee Seidler and WGCU Public Media.
Chamieh is an artist working out of Tampa and influenced by his time living in the
Persian Gulf. His sculptures and installations create symbols representing the human
body, emphasizing family and cultural identity. The exhibition sets the body against
artificial commercial landscapes.
For this exhibition, Chamieh created a new body of work, Mutation 1-6, a diverse
group of sculptures working together to create a large kinetic and sound installation
at FGCU's Main Gallery. Each sculpture brings a unique element to the space utiliz-
ing Chamieh's expertise in manipulating materials. They work together by blending a
number of artificial and machine-made materials such as styrofoam, car parts and sili-
cone against human hair, wood and feathers. The artificial elements combine with the
organic ones, creating forms that speak to evolving selves and habitats.
The gallery is in the Arts Complex on FGCU's main campus at 10501 FGCU
Boulevard South. Parking is available in Lot 7 for gallery visitors. Regular viewing
hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to
7 p.m. Thursday.
For more information, go to artgallery.fgcu.edu or contact Anica Sturdivant at 590-
7199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mutation 2 (detail), 2015, Styrofoam, pine wood, silicone, rigid foam, variable dimensions
photo courtesy of Roger Chamieh
The Beaches Of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Introduces Resident Artist Program
Cailing all photographers, videographers and those with a passion for the arts.
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel recently introduced its first-ever Resident
Artist Program, an initiative aimed to give local photographers/vid-eographers
an opportunity to connect with the people and nature of the Southwest Florida destina-
tion. Full- and part-time Lee County residents and students are encouraged to apply for
the three-month residency, which will consist of capturing 15 to 20 varied photos and/
or videos that express the unspoiled island paradise's unique sense of place in exchange
for a $5,000 stipend and use of the imagery in the destination's marketing efforts.
To apply, candidates will be asked to submit a 500-word statement about their
approach for capturing elements of the destination and what they hope to gain from
participation in the program; an online portfolio and active social channels are also
required. The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau will review submissions and
choose the Resident Artist 14 days after the close of the application period.
The selected Resident Artist will join a roster of highly acclaimed, prolific artists,
writers and musicians who have also found inspiration in this scenic locale, such as
renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg, iconic inventors Thomas Edison and Henry
Ford and best-selling author Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who penned the book Gift from
the Sea based on her many visits to Captiva Island.
"As a destination of inspiration, we are thrilled to launch our Resident Artist
Program to further encourage local residents to explore and embrace the arts right in
their backyard," said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor &
Convention Bureau. "We are confident that those selected will capture the destina-
tion's ambience, all while encouraging travelers to visit our little piece of paradise."
For more information about the Resident Artist Program or to apply, visit www.
Real Estate Expert
Sending Wishes for a
JOYOUS & PEACEFUL HOLIDAY
From My Home to Your Home
Cathie Lewis, Realtor
I will Sincerely work for You
For the second consecutive year, Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz,
PA's employees donated a number of boxes and bags containing clothing and
household items to the Vietnam Veterans of America. With employees and
family members having served in the military, the Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman,
Rice & Purtz team is a strong supporter of veteran causes and happy to find ways
to help. The donation drive has been led by the firm's partner Christopher Smith,
who immediately after Veteran's Day kicks off the donation drive as a continuation
of support to our nation's veterans
The Vietnam Veterans of America is a respected charity that gives aid to all of
America's veterans, not just those of a particular age group or war. By donating used
clothes, shoes, appliances, or other household items, funds are generated to help take
care of soldiers and service men and women who help keep America safe from harm.
For more information about the Vietnam Veterans of America, visit www.vva.org or
contact Christopher Smith at 334-1146.
Law Firm Donates To
Vietnam Veterans Group
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