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Juried art now being accepted for SWFLCF display

Call To Artists!

Juried art is now being accepted by curator Cello Bennett for an exhibit at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Bennett is responsible for curating an ongoing display of local artists’ work within the Community Foundation’s public spaces, located at its office at 8771 College Parkway, Building 2, Suite 201 in Fort Myers. Plans call for the collection to include pieces on loan and for sale from local artists, including Jacke McCurdy, Ellen Sheppard, Gale Bennett and others.

The exhibit is open to all artists from the foundation’s five-county service area including Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry as space allows. A share of the proceeds of artwork sales will fund the Fund for the Arts in Southwest Florida that supports nonprofit art organizations in the area. To be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, which will be on display for approximately 10 months, artists are invited to submit up to six digital photos of original drawings, mosaics, paintings (including acrylic, collage, oil, mixed media and watercolor), photography, pottery, sculpture and textile art.

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Each juried artist’s work will be hung together in a grouping of three to five works, depending on size and space available. Online submissions must be received by Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Artists will be notified by Tuesday, August 28, 2012 if their work has been juried into the exhibit.

“This community has the great fortune of being the home to many incredible artists whose work has shaped both Southwest Florida and the nation,” said Sarah Owen, CEO of the SWFLCF. “We are thrilled that our offices will host a collection that honors this tradition, will inspire all who visit our offices and be a testament to our commitment to the arts in Southwest Florida.”

Ms. Bennett is also donating two pieces by her late husband Gale Bennett. One of the pieces will be for the permanent collection while the other will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the foundation’s arts fund.

“We are looking to showcase artists across a broad spectrum, whose works will contrast with and complement one another,” said Cello Bennett. “You can get a much better feeling for an artist’s artistic vision if you see three or four pieces of the same artist’s work displayed together.”

Cello Bennett operates Cello Bennett Artists LLC, an artists’ portal for select visual and performing artists.

The display is expected to be completed and ready for public viewing in the Fall of 2012.

According to Owen, art-related activities and events will also be planned throughout the year to showcase the collection as it expands.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation is celebrating its 35th year of supporting the communities of Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier countiesby connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. The community foundation has provided more than $50 million in grants and scholarshipsto the communities it serves. During its 2011 fiscal year, SWFLCF granted more than $3 million to more than 100 different organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts and human services.
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