Arts and culture

Episode 1: An Introduction

Feb 15, 2018

In the premiere episode of Grape Minds, hosts Julie Glenn and Gina Birch introduce listeners to the culture and history of wine.

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This week, we pay homage to the late photographer Charlie McCullough.  A retrospective exhibition of his work opened Feb. 8 at Tower Gallery on Sanibel Island and the Community House on Sanibel will host a screening of a documentary about McCullough and his work titled, “Postcards & Photos from Sanibel – the Sequel” on March 19.

Archival photos courtesy of Mme. Christine Argillet

Paintings by the famous surrealist Salvador Dali are well known throughout the world, as was the late artist’s reputation for eccentric behavior, but what was Dali like behind the scenes?  We will talk with Madame Christine Argillet, whose father, Pierre Argillet, was Dali’s close friend and publisher for roughly half a century.  As a result, Madame Argillet had the unique experience of spending her childhood summers from age 6 to 17 living next door to the iconic artist in Port Lligat, Catalonia, Spain.  

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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.