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Renowned Captiva artist Rene Miville to show at Howl Gallery

December 25, 2009
Lehigh Acres Citizen

HOWL Gallery will be featuring the work of fine artist and former Vogue photographer Rene Miville during the January 1 Art Walk in Downtown Fort Myers.

The show marks the landmark return for the celebrated artist, having not shown his fine art photography in over 10 years. During the 1980s and 1990s Miville exhibited his large scale 4'x 9' photographs at numerous museums and galleries across the country, including The Museum of Art in Boca Raton, The LA County Art Museum, and The Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany.

His works are also included in the private collections of famous musician Graham Nash of Crosby, Still, & Nash; and that of local gallery owner Terry Tincher of Space 39.

In addition to his international art shows and reviews in major art publications, Miville was also the subject of a PBS documentary filmed in 1992, that was aired extensively in the 1990's and early 2000's entitled, "Master Manipulator: Avant Garde Photographer Rene Miville."

Miville's subject matter encompasses everything from ballroom dancers and snake handlers to Florida nudist colonies and hard rock shows. The artist pioneered a method of developing his large scale photographs by physically painting and splashing developer and stop chemicals onto huge blocks of paper. During late night sessions under the moonlight of his Captiva home, the artist created masterpieces of modern art.

Miville's intention is to capture the deeper reality of each moment, and in doing so, he brings his own sometimes humorous and often cutting point of view across to his audience.

Miville was an early supporter of HOWL Gallery and became closely involved with the gallery during the very first Art Walk in 2008. His work embodies the spirit and broad range of ideals similarly held by HOWL Gallery, promoters there said. With his fashion photography for Vogue Italy and his work with bands like Death, Fugazzi, and Pantera, to his museum and gallery shows, Miville's work magnifies the intricacies of the common human experience, HOWL promoters said.

Aside from his fine art work, Rene has been aggressively active in supporting his local communities on Sanibel and Captiva Islands and in the Downtown Fort Myers River District over the last 2 decades. He championed the upcoming banner project promoting attractions and areas in Fort Myers, which will be hitting major through fares in early 2010. Rene also created an art competition showcasing vinyl records to be premiering at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in April.

HOWL Gallery will be featuring several of the artist's enormous 4'x9' framed originals, plus Giclee prints and affordable SIGNED limited edition posters. A public opening reception will be held during the Downtown Fort Myers Art Walk on January 1st, 2010. Meet the artist from 6-10pm, light refreshments will be served with live music from 8-10pm on the HOWL Gallery back patio. The show will run until February 3rd, 2010. For private showings please contact Alainna Zwiernik at HOWL Gallery.



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