Featured Artists for January 2019 - Jill Lindsay and Kathy Kuser

Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and Meet the Artists for January’s Fort Myers Art Walk.  This month, ACT Gallery will feature artists, Jill Lindsay in the main gallery and Kathy Kuser in the White Gallery.   Also showing, New Works from our Co-op Artists!  
Main Gallery – Jill Lindsay

Jill Lindsay "grew up" in Massachusetts and moved around a bit before landing in Port Charlotte, FL in 2001.  Having always been "artsy" (she says many would say quirky).  Her ideas really started flying when taking a furniture painting class in 2002.  After she ran out of furniture to paint, Jill started working with other substrates and mediums.  She joined an abstract art class in 2015and soon after was introduced to alcohol inks and loved the colors and depths they created.  The acrylic and the ink have been flowing ever since!  Jill has won multiple awards for her work at Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda FL, Englewood Art Center, FL, Sarasota Art Center and the International Society of Experimental Artists.  She loves teaching alcohol ink workshops, art at home (great for small groups) and custom work.

Artist Statement
“I like to create artwork that catches your eye from a distance, usually using color to attract.  As you approach my work the smaller details become clear.  The longer you linger the more you may see.  On a trip to the Dali Museum a few years ago I was so inspired by his use of pixelation in the Lincoln piece, “Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea.”  I had been experimenting with altered National Geographic pages that are soaked with a solvent that literally moves the ink, creating new colorations and patterns.  I thought cutting these papers into squares would mimic pixels and add a graphic component to the pieces.  I use a variety of techniques to add or subtract features.  I have created many of these “square” paintings now.  They continue to mesmerize me.   Using alcohol inks and resin add another depth and coloration that intensify the work.” Jill Lindsay

In the White Gallery –  Kathy Kuser

Artist, graphic designer, gallery owner and magazine publisher, Kathy Kuser says “With my art, I want to bring a fresh and contemporary twist to a long established medium .... surrealism. Using my skills as a graphic
designer, I create 2D/3D digital surrealism. Through a mystical and fantasy driven vision, a story emerges from my canvas. I use stark details with transitional blending; thus my art takes flight. The range of my artwork can
vary from something with as little as 70 digital layers to creating a more complex piece with greater than 700 layers or images.” 

As a digital surrealism artist, Kathy’s art has been exhibited in the Bob RauschenbergGallery (Fort Myers, 2012), Naples Art Association’s von Liebig Art Center, 2013, Lee County Alliance for the Arts (Fort Myers, 2013, 2016), BIGARTS on Sanibel, 2016, Reverie & Rock Art Gallery (Fort Myers, 2012-2017), Old Courthouse Art Center (Rockford, Ill, 2017). Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (Fort Myers, 2012, 2015) and the SpringArt Affair at Bell Tower Shops (Fort Myers, 2014, 2016). Artistically, Kathy has also participated in the annual Arts for ACT fine art auction (2012, 2016), Art Poems (2016) and the Pen Women of Florida annual conference in 2016. Since becoming an artist in early 2012, Kathy has been featured in the News-Press, Sun Seeker magazine, Gulf Coast Times, COASTE magazine, Cape Coral Daily Breeze, Florida Weekly and Examiner.com. Additionally, her art was featured on the October 2013 & 2018 cover of Happenings A&E Magazine. In 2017, she took
2nd place in an International Contemporary Art Competition through Open Art Miami and was featured in their gallery during Art Basel that same year.

Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in management and organizational development from SpringArbor University (Michigan). She and her husband own KMK Publishing Inc. which publishes two monthly event magazines in
Southwest Florida: Happenings A&E Magazine and Lee County Family News. Additionally, she co-owned Reverie & Rock Art Gallery in downtown

Support this agency and preview or buy the art from our local artists, who give a percentage of proceeds to ACT Shelters.  You too can make a difference…Support ACT!
  ACT Gallery is also featuring new works by over 25 co-op artists. 

 These exhibits continue until Monday, January 28, 2018.