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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.


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.

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