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FGCU Art Gallery Opens 'On the Edge: Artists Interpret the American Coastline' Jan. 9; Public Reception with Artists Jan. 19
1/6/2006

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public and media to a reception with live music and the artists of the exhibit "On the Edge: Artists Interpret the American Coastline" 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Art Complex art gallery. The show runs Monday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Feb. 17.

The special exhibition features works of art that explore and define man's relationship to the American coastline.

Participating artists are from Southwest Florida and across the country, and were invited by FGCU art professor and show curator Mary Voytek. Voytek has curated several other group shows in the Fort Myers region.

"My intent with 'On the Edge' is to ignite the viewer's imagination," Voytek said. "Whether photography, painting or sculpture, the works of art comment on our relationship to the ocean and the shore. These artworks suggest the boundaries and spaces created by emotional, socioeconomic and cultural threads in our coastal landscape."

Artwork from internationally recognized artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol are on display along with 16 other nationally and regionally significant artists including Luciana Abait of Argentina, Johnathan Borofski of California, Andy Browne of Naples, Didi Burden of Sanibel, Pat St. Cyr of Sanibel, Patricia Fay of Estero, Robert Flynn of Miami, Laurence Getford of Sanibel, Polly Matsumoto of Sanibel, Ikki Matsumoto of Sanibel, Charlie McCullough of Sanibel, Bob Petersen of New York, Joan Glase of New York, Rocky Pinciotti of New York, Darryl Pottorf of Captiva and Sherry Rohl of Fort Myers.

The show also includes supplemental art on loan from institutions such as the Lichtenstein Foundation in New York City and private collections including the Fenning Collection in Fort Myers.

In addition to the opportunity to meet artists and see the exhibition, the reception features live music from Kat Epple, also known as Emerald Web, who creates ethereal, progressive music on a wide variety of instruments including, flutes, synthesizers and digital sampling keyboards.

Admission and parking in FGCU Lot 7 is free for Art Gallery related events. The gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays excluding University holidays.

Photographs of art and interviews are available on request from Gallery Director Scott Snyder.

For more information, media representatives should contact Snyder at (239) 590-7354 or Voytek at (239) 590-7241.

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