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BIG ARTS holds opening reception for ‘In the Night’ and ‘Inspiration’

October 26, 2016
By ASHLEY GOODMAN ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

"In the Night" and "Inspiration: Being Moved by God's Creation" are two new exhibits coming to BIG ARTS Wednesday, Oct. 26.

"In the Night," the first juried show of the season will be displayed in the Founder's Gallery, while Neil Walling's exhibit "Inspiration: Being Moved by God's Creation," will be held in the Phillips Gallery. The opening reception for both exhibits will be Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be provided. The two exhibits will run up until Nov. 26.

"In the Night" will consist of 32 pieces done by local artists in many different mediums. The theme focuses on anything spooky or nocturnal.

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"We got a lot of mostly paintings, acrylic and oil, sculpture, photography, digital works and there was an etching in there. There was a variety," said Lauren Huff, executive assistant and program coordinator at BIG ARTS.

BIG ARTS Executive Director Lee Ellen Harder said they have been doing the juried art shows for as long as she can remember.

"We're in our 38th season as an organization. BIG ARTS was started by a group of visual artists and they had art fairs and art shows right off the bat. We've probably been doing them (juried shows) since the beginning," Harder said.

Huff's favorite aspect about this show, which is the first of season, was that it posed more of a challenge for artists.

"We usually get a lot of landscape pieces in here, it's nice to push that boundary, There's more to offer in the night around here," she said.

To complement "In the Night," Neil Walling, a Fort Myers based artist, will show a handful of his works as well. Walling's work consists of oils and watercolors. Walling became enamored with drawing while attending the Art Center College of Design for training in the early '60s. It was only after retiring that he became more serious about fine art. Walling's main focus are studio and en plein air paintings.

Phillips Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Founders Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to



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