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CCA to open art season with island-themed exhibition

December 5, 2018
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Captiva Civic Association will kick off its 2018-2019 Art Exhibition season this week with an opening reception for the first of four exhibits planned for the coming months.

Hosted in conjunction with the Sanibel-Captiva Art League, "24 Hours on Captiva" will showcase artwork centered around all things Captiva. Up to 80 pieces in total will on display, which have been created and submitted by SCAL and CCA members, along with other artists, according to officials.

"The artists, basically, are supposed to keep it Captiva themed," Joan Reynolds, show chair and a member of the SCAL, said. "It is going to be all the local artists or artists from wherever - whoever is down here who wants to participate - as long as there's a theme of Captiva."

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“Captiva Cottages,” by Peter Zell

CCA Executive Director Paul Garvey explained that the association has had a long-standing relationship with the SCAL. When the Captiva Civic Center was remodeled about four years ago, it prompted the entities to partner up for an annual collaborative effort highlighting the island.

"We probably have one of the better venues on both islands for displaying art," he said.

Last year, more than 50 artists entered 96 pieces.

Garvey noted that about 200 people attended the season-opening exhibit.

"It's kind of grown, it's gotten more notoriety," Reynolds said. "It's become quite an event."

The freshly-rendered art works will depict uniquely identifiable people, places and things from the island at all times of day or night. All of the pieces are hung, so there are no sculptures or such.

"It's recognizable art," she said. "It's not abstract."

The mediums have varied, from watercolors and acrylics, to lesser used forms.

"It could be fabric," Reynolds said. "There's been collages."

Coinciding with the CCA's Holiday Social, the opening reception for "24 Hours on Captiva" will take place on Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center, with refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

On display through Jan. 14, it is a juried show and the art is for sale, Reynolds explained. Awards are given for first, second and third place, along with a "Best Representation of Captiva" recognition.

"This is the first of four shows that we'll be hosting here," Garvey said.

The association's Arts Committee is organizing the season's remaining exhibitions.

"It's something that we've been doing since about 1993," he said.

"We work with local artists through almost all of our shows," Garvey added.

Opening on Jan. 17, the second exhibit will feature the work of three such individuals - Katie Gardenia, Susan Scott and David Ruhe. On Feb. 13, Douglas David will reveal his one-man show.

"He's done some art instruction classes here," he said.

On March 14, the CCA will feature a show curated and produced by Robert Fontaine. A former association scholarship winner, he owns the "blue chip" Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami.

"He brings some really interesting national and international pieces," Garvey said.

"It's always a lot of fun to see," he added.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to stop by for the opening.

"It's a fun evening and it's a great way to meet your neighbors and fellow people on Captiva and Sanibel," Garvey said.

Reynolds agreed.

"It's very festive," she said. "It's a great way to start the holiday season."

For more information, visit online at or call 239-472-2111.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane. The gallery is open for viewing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; viewings also available by appointment.



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