Community Invited to Open House for the Arts
FORT MYERS, FL - The public is invited to attend a free “Open House for the Arts” featuring live music, theatrical performances, art demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages and a benefit silent auction to celebrate the opening of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Arts Complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.
The new $7.1 million, 30,000-square foot Arts Complex is comprised of five state of the art studio classrooms, a woodshop, performance and rehearsal spaces, two soundproof practice rooms, a large podium classroom, and for future use, a recording studio and sound booth.
The art studios, which open into a courtyard, are designated for painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. In addition to teaching and office space, the Arts Complex features an 1,800-square foot gallery in the central lobby which will begin hosting exhibitions this winter beginning with the FGCU Juried Student Art Show opening Thursday, Dec. 5.
During the open house, a student-led silent auction, featuring donated works by area artists, will benefit the March 2003 student service learning trip to the Dominican Republic.
Hot and cold sandwiches, baked goods and beverages will be available for purchase.
Schedule of Events
Music and Theater
10 a.m. to Noon Open rehearsal of Kindertransport, the fall theater performance debuting Nov. 15. Stop by and watch the preparations for this moving drama production.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outdoor music provided by Island Sounds, a steel drum band
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A selection of choral music by the University Singers
Additional activities include performances by a local drumming group, ballroom dance demonstrations, and face painting.
11 a.m. Demonstration of gelatin printing with natural materials by artist Andy Browne
Noon, 1 p.m. Demonstration of wheel throwing by ceramics faculty Patricia Fay
2 p.m. Demonstration of welding techniques by sculptor Mary Voytek
Hands-on activities will be available in all the art studios for both adults and children.
For more information, contact Patricia Fay at (941) 590-7229.