River District – Fort Myers, FL – Arts for ACT Gallery
May 6, 2011 Opening Exhibit and Artists Reception for artists Fernando, Lynne Reinas and Lisa Gould.
Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, May 6th from 6 to 10 p.m. for the opening reception and art walk for the colorful art of three very talented artists: Fernando from Sarasota, Lynne Reinas and Lisa Gould.
The Artist Fernando was born in Havana, Cuba in 1947. At the age of nine, his family immigrated to Key West. After a year of junior college, he proudly enlisted in the United States Coast Guard, where he completed a four-year tour in the North Atlantic and Governor’s Island New York. He then moved to Sarasota, where he attended Ringling School of Art and Design, becoming a graphic artist and sign artisan. Today, he is semi-retired and working diligently to make the transition to full-time artist. Fernando has shown his work in-group and solo exhibitions in Staten Island, New York, St. Petersburg, Florida and Key West, Florida. Fernando’s ability to capture the heat of the tropics is evident. His work takes the viewer into intense motion and vibrant color. His works tell stories and create moods, you can see a lot of his Cuban heritage in his colorful world. Come observe his intense and flamboyant works of art.
Lynne Reinas taught decorative ceramics for over ten years. After much experimentation with other surfaces and media, like furniture, gourds, fabric and walls, she fulfilled her insatiable appetite for artistic expression. She works in watercolors, colored pencil, acrylics, pens and oils. Much of her artwork depicts locations and creatures native to Florida as she sees them. She is currently working on a series of works entitled “Conserve, Preserve and Protect,” which will promote environmental consciousness. In this series, the words conserve, preserve and protect are embedded somewhere in each painting.
Lisa Gould was originally from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Art education. She had over 20 wonderful years in the Fulton County school system as an art teacher. Ten years ago, she moved to Florida, which offered her an opportunity to re-acquaint herself with her own art works. She began painting murals in private homes and businesses on Sanibel Island. She also designed and painted sets for the local school plays. Painting had always been her background, but Gould decided to work with new creative ventures, Belly-dancing and Fused glass. Thanks to Sherri Coffee and Petra Kaiser, she has embarked on a wonderful journey to express herself. She created her “Sanibellies” fused glass art dolls. They are a wonderful variety of hula and belly-dancing girls. Gould has shown her girls in Miami and at BIGARTS on Sanibel. She recently won an honorable mention in an invitational show. You will enjoy Gould’s canvas art as well as her “Sanibellies.” As each girl emerges from her kiln with her own personality, Gould gives them all a unique name to match. This exhibit will be fun and enjoyable.
These exhibits continue through May 30, 2011.