Arts and culture

Courtesy of Jesi Cason Photography

We’ll be treated to the sultry vocal stylings of Southwest Florida singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and arranger Kyle Anne Duggan as she performs live in studio!  Duggan’s EP, “Florida,” was released in 2017.  In addition to her regular performances at venues throughout the region, Duggan will be featured, Feb. 2, at an open house recording session at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s newly opened Six Fingers Studios in downtown Fort Myers. 

FGCU Bower School of Music & the Arts

We’ve got an hour of live music lined up in our performance studio. We’re joined by Florida Gulf Coast University’s Director of Jazz Studies, Brandon Robertson, and the school’s jazz quartet, which features Alec Prorock on trumpet, Jonathan Ingram on bass, Joel Law on piano, and Miguel Azcuy on drums. We’ll meet the musicians and learn about their backgrounds and side projects…and we’ll explore where jazz fits into the modern music scene.

Myra Roberts “Dream Peace” Exhibition

Jan 18, 2018
Myra Roberts

Acclaimed Sanibel Island artist, social activist and WGCU Maker, Myra Roberts, joins us as we explore works in her newest exhibition, “Dream Peace,” which runs Feb. 2-24 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers.  This eclectic exhibit features works about social injustice and the current political atmosphere as well as that of the World War II era, including portraits and sculptures of Holocaust survivors. It will also include testimonial interviews from those who lived through the Holocaust presented in multimedia works Roberts describes as “talking suitcases.”

The Bonita Springs International Film Festival comes to the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs Jan. 25-28.  The festival includes screenings of more than 70 films from around the world including narrative, documentary, animation and short films.  Festival goers can also participate in workshops, demonstrations, Q & A sessions with filmmakers, writers, directors and actors. 

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.