Moray Eel by Bob Halstead
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will highlight an underwater art exhibition during a group show at Art Walk on Friday, July 6 from 6 to 10 p.m . There’s Something in the Water features photography from Bob Halstead, Mila Bridger and Katy Danca Galli, plus paintings from Arturo Sameniego.
Halstead is an award-winning underwater photographer whose work has been published in books and featured in galleries around the world. Through his interest in scuba diving, he has captured some of the most incredible underwater images. Halstead is credited with devising a now common technique called “muck diving,” which reveals unique creatures or objects in the sediment. His photography has also had an impact on marine biology since he has been able to help identify several new and unknown species of sea life. For more information, visit www.bobbeneaththesea.weebly.com.
Originally from the city of Koszalin in the northwest of Poland, Bridger is best known for her abstractly surreal, color-saturated photographs featuring what she labels as manufactured fantasy. She is renowned both locally and internationally for fantastical portraits that feature stylized, saturated settings with a high degree of kinetic energy and Expressionist flair. For more information, visit www.milabridger.com.
A Florida west coast native, Danca Galli is the former photo editor for Scuba Diving magazine, master diver, former Boy Scout (seriously), ocean advocate and lover of all bodies of water. Her work has been featured on www.baresports.com, Scuba Diving magazine online and in print, Sport Diver magazine and Divephotoguide.com. Danca Galli has won contests with the Ocean Conservancy, Our World Underwater and the Cover of the Year Charlie Award for 2012. For more information, visit www.katydancagalli.com.
Originally from Mexico, Sameniego earned degrees in business and art. The next 14 years were spent developing a successful computer business until his dream of being a painter could wait no longer. In 2004, Sameniego took the plunge to become a full-time artist. The last 14 years have been an exciting journey that allowed Sameniego to develop a successful career as a visual artist, with galleries representing his work in different parts of the country, including Miami, Houston, Charleston and Denver. Sameniego’s work has received several national and regional awards, as well as publication in magazines such as Juxtapoze, Studio Visit, International Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector. For more information, visit www.samaniegoart.com.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.
The Americana Community Music Association proudly presents an evening with Passerine on Saturday, June 23rd.
Passerine’s distinctive sound combines vocal harmonies, the crisp rhythms of an acoustic guitar, the haunting voices of the fiddle and dobro (resonator slide guitar), the resonant lows of an acoustic bass. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana.
Saturday’s show will be held at the ACMA Listening Room at All Faiths, 2756 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers, starting at 7pm. Tickets are $10-$15. For more information on this unique award-winning band, visit www.passerinemusic.net.
In honor of National Seashell Day yesterday, more than 1,000 participants joined together to shatter the world record for the largest human image of a seashell.
Coordinated by our local tourism bureau, a total of 1,093 registered participants gathered on Fort Myers Beach to form an enormous seashell, verified by a Guinness World Records™ adjudicator on site.
Now in its third year, National Seashell Day coincides with June 21, the first day of summer, as a way to spotlight the joy of shelling with the perfect summer getaway in Southwest Florida.
If you haven’t yet made your Ocean’s Reach reservation for this summer, what are you waiting for? Around here, any day’s a wonderful day to shellabrate!
Sure, it may be summer vacation for the kids, but that doesn’t mean that learning needs to end!
Every Friday morning through August 4th, we invite you to head over to Gulfside City Park — right “next door” on the beach from Ocean’s Reach — for a fun and educational Family Beach Walk!
Come join a guided exploration of the vital beach ecosystem at the Perry Tract, courtesy of our friends at Ding Darling. Don’t forget to make sure everyone brings a shell bag, water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray.
The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately one hour. For more on all of the free summer programs offered by the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge this year, click here for a full schedule!
This aspiring marine biologist is taking an “artsy” approach to getting out her important environmental message.
Recent high school graduate Isabelle Knott, 18, from Cherokee, Georgia created a life-sized leatherback turtle sculpture — made entirely from coastal trash — for her senior project, where she researched the devastating effect of plastic on the planet’s oceans. Isabelle will attend Eckerd College in the fall and plans to major in Marine Biology.
Her sculpture is now the newest addition to the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. It debuted as part of the celebration of World Oceans Day at the Refuge, where an assortment of programs focused on preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate our marine environments. That’s like dumping one New York City garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute of every day for an entire year!
Each of us can make a difference. For more information on how you can help protect our oceans, click here.