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Opening Reception will be June 16; exhibit on view June 16-July 29, 2023

Fort Myers, FL (April 3, 2023) – The Alliance for the Arts invites the public to its opening reception for Joan Sonnenberg: A Retrospective on June 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. The free event features works by Joan Sonnenberg and Christian de Jesus, as well as light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display from June 16-July 29 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL.

Born in 1930 in Chester, Pennsylvania, Joan Brechin Sonnenberg became interested in art at the age of 5, and this passion has continued throughout her life. The 92-year-old artist maintains her lifelong daily art practice and four-mile walks to this day. Interested in geometric patterns achieved through multiple reverse etching processes, Joan superimposes and stacks up to ten images on top of each other, creating a complex montage of lines, shapes and patterns. She strives to alter and combine abstraction with realism: Capturing marks made over time through human intervention; the mundane, decaying worn objects, dumpsters and wall graffiti. She also portrays street people, each imbued with stories to tell. She strives to convey the harmonious coexistence of abstraction and realism, transcending and encompassing both doctrines. 

Receptions and gallery tours are open to the public and do not require tickets or reservations. While the gallery admission is free, a $5 suggested donation keeps the Alliance programming affordable and accessible.

Theatre Lobby Gallery: Christian de Jesus

Christian De Jesus is an artist from Fort Myers Florida, who has placed and won in many art shows in the area. His medium of choice is acrylic paint on canvas or cardboard, but he also uses clay and spray paints on occasion. His art work introduces a deep look into real world things such as life and death. His art takes inspiration from artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Choe, Andy Warhol, and movies like, Halloween, House of 1000 Corpses, and Girl interrupted . Christian hopes to one day open a gallery of his own.  

Members Gallery: Summer Arts Camps 

Our Member Gallery walls will be covered with artwork from each session of Summer Arts Camps participants. Each session runs two weeks, with art rotating on the same schedule.

About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, please call 239-939-2787, visit us at, find us on FacebookInstagram or follow us on Twitter.

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