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:
12. During Art Walk, In One Instant Gallery of Photography on Jackson Street will feature “Snap Flash Photo,” the photography portfolio of David Dack Maki, who is known mostly for beautiful and award-winning wedding photography. But he started out and was trained as a photojournalist. Whether documenting the music scene in Chicago or creating evocative environmental portraits, David managed to catch that moment or expression that most people don’t see. This show will showcase his fine art work. Literally pulled from his portfolio and his walls at home, David will share his unique one-of-a-kind slices of Americana. From an old drive-in movie sign to a person just taking a moment of solitude, this show promises to be a unique visual experience. Most pieces will range in size from 8×10” to 20×30” with the majority being unframed prints so as to help keep the costs down to the art buying consumer.
13. Lovegrove Gallery in the Franklin Shops on First Street will be exhibiting “America America,” works that showcase artist Leoma Lovegrove’s patriotic spirit and brilliant colors. A percentage of all sales will be donated to local NYPD 1013 in tribute to the fallen first responders and other heroes of the 9/11 attacks. Lovegrove is in the middle of a community-wide, community-based art project intended to honor the memories of the victims and first-responders who lost their lives on 9/11. She has been escorting a billboard size canvas throughout southwest Florida since July 1, inviting people to help paint the names of the victims in different colors that represent the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and each of the four airlines that crashed that fateful day. On September 11, she will engraft an American bald eagle over the names in a Paint Out Loud ceremony taking place at the Royal Palm Dinner Theatre to commemorate the tenth year after 9/11 that will be emceed by Fox 4 Morning Blend’s Carley Wegner.
14. Upstairs in Mad Hatter Galleries, Art Walkers will be treated to the large-scale fashion-statement art of former international runway, print and commercial model Lia Martino. Martino’s viscerally-evocative gestural abstracts grace Saks Fifth Avenue in Naples, create “healing environments” in the health clinics and doctor’s offices of forward-thinking physicians and decorate the homes of iconic fashion designers, Hollywood actors and recording artists across the globe.