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Fort Myers Art Walk June 3 in downtown river district

June 3, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen
Downtown Fort Myers will host the next Art Walk on Friday, June 3. As usual, local art galleries and art stops will feature new exhibits and shows during June’s Art Walk offering great gift ideas for Father’s Day.

The monthly Art Walk runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Fridays. The June Art Walk will include more than a dozen art galleries and art stops and will feature new art shows, live music and the traditional after party.

Some highlights of the Friday, June 3 Art Walk:

- Art of the Olympians: Opening of Steering Strokes exhibit featuring Olympian artist John Stillings

- Art League of Fort Myers: Opening of Busting Out All Over exhibit.

- Arts for ACT Gallery: Opening reception for new exhibit by artists Katherine Boren, Eric Levin and Kathi Smith. Young Artists Awards vocalists Lauren Davis, Lorena Vargas, and Peyton Davis will be performing.

- Coloring The World: Featuring the art of Stephen Gray-Blancett.

- daas Gallery: Opening reception for Personalities: George Rodez exhibit.

- Gallery Showcase and Information Center at IberiaBank (Bayview Court at First Street). Art Walk T-shirts are available at this location as well as buttons, maps, and brochures.

- Green-n-Groovy: Artist Bekki Shanklin, a multimedia artist featuring hand painted tote bags, dream catchers and jewelry.

- HOWL Gallery: Opening reception for Drawing a Line, a three-man show featuring line intensive artwork by Matt Lackey, Jason McDonald, and Chris Lacoste.

- In One Instant: In One Evening: A No Photo Finish fundraiser featuring Stephanie Davis, Paul Rodino, and Mike Kiniry.

- Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center: Digital Lee exhibit.

- Space 39 Gallery: New group art show.

- Syzygy Gallery: Exhibit featuring religious and spiritual art by artist Christina Jarmolinski.

Nearly 50 participants make Art Walk successful each month.

Held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after party at 10 p.m. The June after party will be held at Spirits of Bacchus on Hendry Street.

Another highlight of the very popular evening is the weekly Friday Night Live free concert series which takes place in the Patio de Leon. Sista Sanjah will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

Always a collector’s item, new Art Walk buttons will be available at galleries that night. Art Walk has its own T-shirt (in red or black). Shirts are available for a $12 donation at the IberiaBank gallery showcase during Art Walk.

A free shuttle service courtesy of Select Transportation Inc., with stops planned near the art venues, and parking at the Harborside Event Center will be available for Art Walk patrons. Shuttle stops include The Oasis Condominiums, Art of the Olympians, and the Patio de Leon entrance at First Street.

A map of Art Walk, transportation, and parking will be distributed by participating galleries. Art Walk is a rain or shine event. Art Walk was started by a group of art galleries and art enthusiasts and debuted in October of 2008.

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