Here’s more of what’s happening in the River District art galleries and boutiques during Art Walk on Friday, September 2, 2011, which is the beginning of the Labor Day weekend:
4. Last month, Coloring the World Gallery exhibited the work of singer, songwriter, and fine artist Bobby Goldsboro, who started out as a guitarist for the legendary Ray Orbison, toured with the Beatles, and is known for hits that included 1971′s No. 1 soft rock and adult contemporary hit Watching Scotty Grow, as well as Little Green Apples, With Pen in Hand and the 1968 classic, Honey, which became the largest-selling record in the world at the time. Only one artist could follow an act like that, and that’s local artist Scott Guelcher. Scott’s unique style of art is well known in Southwest Florida. In fact, Space 39′s Terry Tincher has been quoted as saying, “You know instantly when you’re looking at a Guelcher painting. It’s the same as looking at a Matisse or Picasso- those artists had a style all their own.” Scott’s unique blend of Pop Art images and abstract backgrounds has resulted in frequent gallery exhibitions. In just the past twelve months, he has participated in group and solo exhibitions at Arts for ACT Gallery and daas Gallery in the River District, Cummings & Lockwood in Bonita Springs, and Harbourview Gallery in Cape Coral, where he is currently exhibiting through September 4. And now Art Walkers can see his latest and greatest works at Coloring the World Gallery.
5. daas Gallery is holding an opening night reception for “Unfair,” an exhibition of the photography of Alex Heria, who has taught photography and graphic design for seven years at Florida International University, Miami Dade College and the Art Institute of Miami. His work reflects his origins as the New Jersey-born son of Cuban immigrants. “I am part of a subculture known as Cubichis,” says Heria. “I belong to two worlds while being truly integrated in neither.” Thus, no matter his subject, his photos belie a seeking-to-feel-right-and-whole with the subject on a deeply personal level.
6. Enjewel will be waiting to show Art Walkers its art jewelry and artistic line of cocktail dresses for confident and fashion forward women. The boutique’s inventory is constantly expanding and evolving, and their hand-picked merchandise represents the most current trends.
7. Gallery Showcase and Information Center at IberiaBank (Bayview Court at First Street) is the place for Art Walk T-shirts as well as buttons, maps, and brochures.
8. At The Franklin Shops on First Street, artwork is on display by one of America’s greatest wildlife illustrators, John James Audubon.