Current Exhibitions - February 2021
Join Arts for ACT Gallery, located at 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Friday, February 5, 2021 from 6 to 9 pm for the opening reception for Surrealist, Del Holt in the main gallery, Tom Breckenridge and Kate Swanstrom in the White Gallery, a duo exhibit of small works. ACT Co-op Artists and Volunteers will also be displaying a variety of Valentine ART.
Del Holt, a fine artist and illustrator, was educated in Sweden, Hawaii, California, Arizona and Ohio. He spent more than 10 years teaching art in Arizona and California, and his impressive body of work includes mural, graphic design projects, album and book covers, furniture, and various painting media. Holt paints his creatures, which range from dogs, to birds to monkeys, within familiar and almost human settings. His canvases refer to our world, often in whimsical and thought-provoking ways. Holt’s art can be found in the impressive collections of Malcom Forbes, Jan Goodall, William Paley, John Houseman, and H. David.
Come to ACT Gallery to explore the wonderful world of Del Holt. Talk with him about his whimsical surrealism…his sense of humor is as great as his art.
Tom Breckenridge was born in 1966, in Keosauqua Iowa, but he grew up in Ft. Lauderdale area. Immediately after high school, he went into the Marine Corp. His art styles reflect having traveled to 17 countries and 5 continents. He served in the US Coast Guard, and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1998. In 2016, Tom brought his art skills to the SW Florida area. It is here he became a full time self-taught artist. He learned his unique style of color and composition using acrylics as his medium. Tom has a realist and impressionist style. Tom produces a wide array of pieces including darker themes, some with emotion and some even with humor. He started showing and selling in the Arts for Act Gallery in September of 2016 and is a familiar figure at Art Walk. You can find his works in the local galleries, Arts for ACT Gallery, Space 39, and Grand Illusion. You can find him painting most weekends at Arts for ACT Gallery, where he is a member artist and volunteer. He hosts paint parties to teach as well as private lessons.
Kate Swanstrom - Contemporary artist, American born abroad and a world traveler. Kate has been to Africa, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, Mexico and all over the US. She can't wait to explore new places that inspire her artwork. Influenced by her parents at a young age to be creative, art always played an important part of her life even if it was as a patron of the arts or cooking in an artistic way. Inspired by gemstones and graduated from Gemology Institute of America. Kate would allow her artistic side to shine even when creating jewelry for competitions. Now that she is retired from the jewelry industry she has been able to focus on her lifelong dream of creating art. She moved to Florida 4 years ago, and since volunteering at ACT gallery and other various charitable organizations she has been inspired by family and friends in Fort Myers to reenter the art world. Kate has shown at the ACT gallery, Sidney Burns Davis art center and the DAAS gallery.
“Finding myself in my artwork has been a gift” - Kate
This exhibit continues to Monday, March 1, 2021.
Come view these creative artworks from our guest artists and support ACT Gallery.