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Three art exhibitions about women and by women open Friday at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

This Friday, Feb. 4 marks the opening reception for three dynamic, provocative and inspiring exhibitions of paintings, quilts and mixed media pieces about women and by women artists at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in Downtown Fort Myers.

In the Sidney and Berne’s Capital Gallery on the second floor, patrons can experience “The Female Spirit, All Fired Up and Stitched Down,” featuring the ceramic sculpture and fiber art works of Linda Hoffmeister and Katty Smith, both from New Smyrna Beach, FL. These works engage in the commonalities of women around the world regardless of background or heritage.

There’s also an educational group exhibition now travelling nationally titled, “HerStory, OurStory.” This installation includes 36 quilts that highlight the lives, achievements and impacts remarkable women suffragists including Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Fannie Lou Hammer, among others.

In the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center’s Main Atrium Gallery will be an exhibition titled “Women Take Issue.” Pieces in this exhibition feature the work of Patricia Turner, Fran Gardner and Beau Wild. They take a direct and unapologetic approach to exploring the difficult issues, cultural conversations, political debates and historical contexts that dominate today’s headlines, often through the lens of women and perceptions of women.

The exhibitions are the conceptual brainchild of visual artist Patricia Turner of Charlotte Harbor, FL. Her multifaceted artwork can involve sown fabrics, powdered dyes on silk or archival paper, photographs, constructed 3-D fiber creations and other acquired items. Turner joins us to discuss her work and all three of the new exhibitions that run through Feb. 23.