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BIG ARTS debuts new works by nationally-recognized artists

January 25, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Southwest Florida art scene will be on display at BIG ARTS in February with two shows by accomplished artists who call the area home.

"Vagrant: The Process of Being," the works of Todd Andrew Babb, will be on display in the Phillips Gallery. In addition, "Revealed," the works of Barbara Yeomans, will be in Founders Gallery.

"It's incredible to have two artists of this caliber in our galleries," Executive Director Lee Ellen Harder said. "It's a real treat to have artists that have displayed works nationally and internationally here on Sanibel."

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“A Leap Forward,” by Todd Andrew Babb

Babb will give a talk about his show on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. in the Phillips Gallery, followed by a reception for both artists from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Guests can meet the artists and enjoy complimentary wine and hors d' oeuvres.

"Vagrant: The Process of Being" features all new works from Babb.

"We are all vagrants of this life. Whether slowly, throughout a lifetime, or quickly, day to day, we are in a constant state of evanescence; however, for better or worse, we change and evolve. We own nothing. We are owned. We are kept solely by the hands of time. The individual decides, through perception, if they will be pulled by the throat or guided gently by the hand. We are beggars asking for mercy at every interval," he said.

Babb's sculptural art process involves the personally developed use of innovative materials to allow for the distinctly expressive lines of his contemporary figurative pieces. Each uninhibited piece is an exploration into the evolution of humanity because of his desire for progression. Concentrating on line and form over detail and aesthetics, Babb's elongated and oftentimes abstracted bodies portray this adaptation of the human spirit.

One of the region's favorite local printmakers and painters, Yeomans will also debut new works. For the past 30 years, she has honed her technique using experimental processes and materials creating dynamic monotype prints, paintings and assemblages. Because of her spontaneous and energetic work ethic, each piece is one of a kind. Some of the experimental works are torn up and repurposed into assemblages, further pushing the boundaries of her style and materials. Yeoman's love of color, travel, history and people's stories has influenced her artwork through a spontaneous expression of feelings about her experiences. The show will feature one-of-a-kind, hand pulled prints and paintings.

Both exhibit will be on display from Jan. 30 through Feb. 24.

For more information, visit or call 239-395-0900.



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