2014-02-26 / Arts & Entertainment News

Group exhibit features colorful landscapes and whimsical creatures

“William & Whiz” by Jeff and Dale Ocasio “William & Whiz” by Jeff and Dale Ocasio The Alliance for the Arts’ March exhibition features bright, colorful and surreal landscape paintings and large, whimsical 3D sculptures of animals created by four Florida artists. The Burnett, Fithian & Ocasio exhibit opens with a reception from 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at 10091 McGregor Blvd. A gallery walk with the artists will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8.

Painter Cecelia Burnett captures visionary moods and feelings in her large works that are created using a form of acrylic staining on unprimed canvas. She builds her forms with layers of transparent colors to create a lyrical and luminescent quality. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections all over the world.

Painter David Fithian, exhibition coordinator at the Museum of Flor ida Art, has won numerous awards, judged many shows, taught countless photography and watercolor classes and exhibited around the country for more than 40 years. “For me, art is simply a way of life,” he says. “This life of art is a never-ending quest beyond the horizon for an ever-receding perfection that is always evolving before dissolving into one point perspective. The objects left are fleeting but hopefully filled for a moment with a glimmer of what lies within and a premonition of what lies beyond.”

“Golden Fields” by Cecelia Burnett “Golden Fields” by Cecelia Burnett Southwest Florida residents Jeff and Dale Ocasio are a husband and wife artistic duo and creators of OcasioCasa Artworks. Mr. Ocasio is well known for his work sculpting with masking tape. He applies his imaginative designs over wire and three-dimensional reclaimed objects, and then Ms. Ocasio paints the sculptures and creates illustrations of the pieces with her own original photography.

"Winter Day" by David Fithian "Winter Day" by David Fithian The exhibit remains on display and open to the public during normal business hours through Thursday, March 27. Artwork by Ken Lamers will be featured in the member gallery during the Burnett, Fithian & Ocasio exhibit. For more information, visit www.artinlee.org or call 939- 2787. ¦

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