Here’s more of what’s happening in the River District art galleries and boutiques during Art Walk on Friday, December 2, 2011:
20. When you arrive at the Art Center, notice the dual drum bronze light sculpture. It’s called Lux by the sculptor, Jim Sanborn, and Caloosahatchee Manuscripts by just about everyone else, and it throws off circles of lighted letters which light up the sidewalk and facades of surrounding buildings, including the Ionic-columned neoclassical revival edifice that once served as first the U.S. Post Office and later as the federal courthouse. Sanborn is an internationally-acclaimed sculptor. He made this one at the request of Florida Power & Light Co., which donated the scored cylinders to the City of Fort Myers in 2001.
21. And while you’re enjoying Lux, be sure to participate in the raddest, baddest anti-art school on the planet, Dr. Sketchy SWFL. Locally organized and promoted by Heathyre Perara, Dr. Sketchy affords artists of all levels and genres the opportunity to hone their quick draw skills by providing models in unusual settings who only hold their pose for several minutes, at most. This forces participants to work quickly, placing the focus on capturing the sensibility of the moment instead of getting bogged down in obscure details. It’s definitely big-picture art – reminiscent of the way in which a plein air impressionist works at lightning speed to portray his or her impressions of color and shadow under quickly-changing light conditions.
The concept is the brainchild of New York artist Molly Crabapple, who was looking for a way to re-energize the staid and often parochial art school experience that often squelches the creative spirit of art students. The idea has caught on, and today there are more than 100 Dr. Sketchy branches worldwide. Southwest Florida is lucky to have one of its own, Dr. Sketchy SWFL.
For the holidays, Dr. Sketchy’s muse is Zelphia Marie. She has been modeling for two years, ever since a cosplay photoshoot she was in during Megacon 2010, an Anime convention that piqued her interest. “I’ve never been an art model,” confesses the 18-year-old, “so this will be an interesting experience!! I hope I don’t fall over.” If she does, it will be alright. There will be plenty of sketchers there to record the moment for posterity.
N.B.: A quick head’s up: a photo of last month’s Dr. Sketchy model is included in the Holiday Salon at In One Instant Gallery of Photography over on Jackson Street. In addition, blues photo-documentarian George Mitchell, who played the oil can bass outside of Arts for ACT during last month’s Art Walk, has three recent photos of Fort Myers in Paul Rodino’s Holiday Salon.