The week just ended was almost frenetic in the southwest Florida art scene:
E.J. Paprocki’s one-man show of sophisticated impressionist cityscapes, landscapes and tender beach scenes portraying children at play in the sand and along the water’s edge continued at DeBruyne Fine Art on Broad Avenue South in Olde Naples. There’s only a few more days to take in the Renoiresque works of this talented Chicago artist.
The narrative expressionist abstract paintings and monotypes of Marylyn Dintenfass are on exhibit at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery on the Lee campus of Edison State College. Included in the exhibition is a wall devoted to Parallel Park, the 35,000 square-foot art installation that has converted the 5-story Lee County Justice Center Parking Garage into a work of fine art. Also on display are the 38-by-38-inch oil-on-paper monotypes she enlarged into 33 by 22 foot open-weave Kevlar and fiberglass fabric panels to effect the transformation.
Gardner Colby Gallery on Broad Avenue is the site of magical realist Kevin Sloan’s solo exhibition, “Cabinet of Curiosities.” Sloan’s allegorical paintings honor threatened, endangered and extinct species such as sea turtles, whooping cranes and the carrier pigeon. This is the award-winning Sante Fe artist’s fifth one-man show at Gardner Colby and 25th overall.
Last night, the chic impressionist figures of Andre Kohn went on display at Fifth Avenue’s classy Shaw Gallery of Fine Art. Several of the works of this Russian-now-Californian artist capture the sensual movement, sultry expression and sexy flair of Latin dance while the others encapsulate the unique gestures and idiosyncratic movements by which people express everyday emotions from anxiety and impatience to feeling-downright-sexy as in The Personal Statement.
Original watercolors, drawings and fine etchings by the Master of Surrealism continue on exhibit down the street at New River Fine Art. These rarely-seen gems come from the collection of Dali’s publisher, Pierre Argillet, and will only remain on display until February 4th.
An hour and fifteen minutes north, the works of muralist Michael Vires are on exhibit at Arcadia’s green gallery, “GALLERY 122 WEST”. Vires is best known for his immense mural Cattle Drive Down Marion Avenue, 1903 on the side of the Michael Rooney law office in downtown Punta Gorda.
The week ended with two lectures, one by Joan Jacobs on Michelangelo and the other by ARTnews magazine editor and publisher Milton Esterow, who shared stories about the restitution of artworks looted by the Nazis.