Arts

Arts and culture

World-renowned photographer Jerry Uelsmann comes to Southwest Florida for the opening of a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College.  Uelsmann is known for the complex darkroom techniques he pioneered in the 1950s and 60s to create his surreal images and is regarded as the pre-digital master of composite imagery and photomontage.

With more than 75 original photographs, including some never-before-seen works, this will mark one of the largest retrospective exhibitions of Uelsmann’s photography in recent years.  The artist himself joins us in studio ahead of his lecture at the opening reception to the exhibition on Jan. 11, along with Rauschenberg Gallery Director of Exhibitions and Collections, Jade Dellinger.


The soulful, bluesy and haunting folk-rock sounds of Violet Bell are making their way back to Southwest Florida for a series of concerts in the region.  The Durham, North Carolina-based music duo is currently on tour promoting their debut album, “Dream the Wheel,” with an anticipated second album coming out some time in 2018.  Violet Bell’s sound is difficult to categorize into a single genre with musical influences ranging from Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey to Otis Redding, Debussy the Velvet Underground  and Yo La Tengo.

Christmas Day has come and gone, but the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th, has even more weight in some cultures. Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a traditional Catholic holiday is celebrated on the 6th of January through much of Latin America -- and arguably, most so, on the island of Puerto Rico. Sanibel poet Joe Pacheco brings us this piece remembering his first tropical Christmas.

Courtesy of the Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers serves as Lee County’s professional orchestra and is one of the oldest symphony orchestras on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The ensemble’s musicians have been providing a broad range of classical performances to local audiences for more than half a century and the group is wasting no time kicking off the New Year with the latest installment of their ‘Masterworks’ concert series this Friday, Jan. 6 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

We'll sit down for the hour with Nathan Hill. The Naples-based novelist's first book, "The Nix," took the literary world by storm in 2016. We'll ask him what the onslaught of literary fame has been like, and how it felt to learn that great American novelist John Irving had compared his work to Charles Dickens.

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