Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6 to 10 pm for the opening reception and Meet the Artists for February’s Fort Myers Art Walk. This month, ACT Gallery will feature the Florida Flag Artist Group in the main gallery and Artist MiMi Stirn in the White Gallery. Also showing, New Works from our Co-op Artists!
Main Gallery – Florida Artist Group Inc. FLAG
The Florida Artist Group was incorporated as a non-profit organization of practicing artists who had gained recognition nationally or statewide and whose works would contribute significantly to its exhibitions. The purpose of the group is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art with the state of Florida.
FLAG members are juried into the organization and include representational and abstract artists producing traditional and contemporary art in a variety of media and style.
Several notable artists in the Naples and Fort Myers areas are members of the local FLAG chapter,
Joan Sonnenberg, Joan Klutch, Cheryl Fausel, Honey Costa, John Merchant, Peter Zell, Anna Rac, Richard Rosen, Joel Shapses, and Christina Wyatt. The group has a strong abstract expressionist style and all have won recognition for their art either nationally or internationally.
In the White Gallery – MiMi Stirn
MiMi’s cherished tools are knives. However, she is a resin art master. Both knives and the resin are unforgiving yet clear and finite when used. Working within the acrylic family is enjoyable for her, but working with modeling paste and resin is where the art begins; free form and each application is a form of sculpting. What she loves best about creating art is the freedom of expression without fear of consequence. When Stirn can say, a work has turned out well, is the moment when she can return to the finished piece over the course of several days and repeatedly be transported into the picture itself.
MiMi’s style centers on both working in circular and straight line motions, while respecting Fibonacci sequences in the placement of each element. Bright light, layers of color, and use of metallic pigments are her standard. What she does differently from what she was taught is dirty brushing. Her brushes & knives during the painting process are usually lapped with new colors without washing. The blends are one of a kind. MiMi’s go-to color on the spectrum is Prussian blue and is usually incorporated in to her skies, water scenes, and shadowing.
MiMi Stirn brings art is pure symbolism and surrealism embodied in 2D mixed media resins. Influences of Klimt, Dali, and O’Keefe are apparent in both message and stylings. Works include sculpted modeling paste, hand-mixed acrylics from pigments purchased from a distributor who is part of The Society of Ochers of France, operators of the last remaining Ocher quarry in the Provence region. She proceeds to mix elements, layers of staining, finished with colored and clear coated resins. With her art career stretching as far back as high school, she studied sculpture and through the years mastered the embodiment of both her love of sculpture and painting into dynamic and unique works of art.Stirn holds her degree in business and art from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Marketing Strategist through Cornell University. When not in the studio, Stirn operates an online retail store and marketing consulting business. She is a self-acclaimed master chef who enjoys paddle boarding and playing guitar with her husband Michael and spending ample time entertaining Mardi, her peek-a-poo art dog.
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ACT Gallery is also featuring new works by over 25 co-op artists.
These exhibits continue until Monday, February 25, 2018.