FORT MYERS, Fla. ( January 5, 2017)
Shell Point Retirement Community and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) are partnering to present a month-long exhibition titled Ageless Creativity: The Artists of Shell Point, which will open concurrently with the annual Art Fest Fort Myers at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at 2301 First St. in downtown Fort Myers.
Sponsored by FineMark National Bank & Trust, the show will feature 188 jury-selected artworks, many of which will be available for sale. All work has been produced during the retirement years of the 49 Shell Point resident artists, who range in age from the early 60s to mid-90s. Represented media include acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastels, pencil, charcoal, clay, fabric, stone, metal, shells, wood, mixed media, and photography.
“The goal of the exhibition is to demonstrate that creativity is neither limited nor defined by age,” said Marge Lee, Shell Point resident and professional exhibition interpretive planner who conceived the event. “The resulting exhibition is evidence that age does not hinder creativity; instead it is enhanced due to an unrestricted ability to explore creative instincts,” says Lee, who adds that exhibition-goers will be amazed by the artistic abilities on display.
Ageless Creativity artworks were carefully selected by a panel of four independent jurors, who judged submissions according to artistic merit, creativity, and overall excellence. “The resulting show will be filled with vibrant, dynamic pieces that reflect artistic expression and quality of execution,” said Jim Griffith, founder and executive director of SBDAC. “Shell Point offers robust amenities to nurture and enrich its residents’ creative interests, and SBDAC is proud to provide premium gallery space to showcase the rich visuals that will be unveiled.”
Sampling of photos from
Ageless Creativity: The Artists of Shell Point
Photography has been a part of Shell Point resident Dotty Morrison’s life for many years, but she credits the recent influence of the Shell Point Photography Club and Caloosa Bird Club for inspiring and developing her skills as a photographer. Her work, Flamingo at Rest, will show in the Ageless Creativity exhibition at SBDAC in Feb. 2017. (Dotty Morrison/Dotty Morrison)
Shell Point resident artist Anita Putnam uses colors, patterns, and shapes to capture the joy of being alive, young, and female in Fresh Paint, which will be on display during the Ageless Creativity exhibition at SBDAC in Feb. 2017. (Anita Putnam/Anita Putnam)
In Maasai Warrior, Shell Point artist June Lockhart represents the majesty of these African people with this clay sculpture for the Ageless Creativity exhibition, which will be held at SBDAC in Feb. 2017. (Marge Lee/June Lockhart)
Award-winning photographer and Shell Point resident artist Herbert Sklar presents this oil on canvas entitled Eye of the Photographer, along with several other works to be showcased at the Ageless Creativity exhibition, held in Feb. 2017 at SBDAC. (Herbert Sklar/Herbert Sklar)
After suffering a stroke 12 years ago, Shell Point resident artist Floyd Fought began woodworking and spends at least six hours a day creating works of art like this turned piece, Red Jar, which will be displayed in the Ageless Creativity exhibition at SBDAC in Feb. 2017. (Brad Blackburn/Shell Point Retirement Community)