Juried Gallery will be showcased September 1-30.
The Alliance for the Arts Presents Storm Storie
Fort Myers, FL (July 11, 2023) – The September Exhibition at Alliance for the Arts will be in conjunction with the year-long oral history project titled Storm Stories. The juried exhibit will be on display beginning Sept 1-30. There will be several related events throughout the month, including collaborations with the Gulf Coast Writers Association and the University of Florida’s Center for Arts, Migration, and Entreupenurship. The exhibition will culminate in a closing reception on the anniversary of Hurricane Ian’s landfall on September 28, 2023 from 5 to 7 p.m. This event will be in place of an opening reception and will include light refreshments.
The juried exhibit, Storm Stories, is in conjunction with the oral history program of the same name which collected people’s personal accounts of Hurricane Ian and its aftermath.
“At the Alliance for the Arts (AFTA), we believe in the healing power of art,” said Gallery Manager Emily Radomski. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, we have seen a great need for healing in our community. Following Hurricane Ian, AFTA teamed up with the Gulf Coast Writers Association to launch the oral history project, Storm Stories, where anyone could submit their story from Hurricane Ian. Those collected stories will be compiled into a printed book, and available for purchase at AFTA during the month of September.”
For the visual component of the exhibition, artists are being asked to create artwork about their experiences during or after the storm in any capacity. It may be stories of resilience or trauma or loss. It can evoke a wide range of emotions. It is meant to be cathartic and therapeutic and shareable, something everyone can relate to in some way.
Now through August 7, artists may submit one to three works for consideration for this exhibition. There is no entry fee, and the prospectus is available on the Alliance website. Artists are encouraged to submit 2D and 3D artwork using found objects and recycled materials collected after Hurricane Ian. Alternatively, artists are asked to submit artwork expressing their experiences during and after Hurricane Ian. All media will be accepted, including paint, collage, photo, drawing, print and sculpture. Only original artwork will be accepted; no giclée will be accepted.
All entries must be submitted online no later than August 7 at 5pm. No materials will be accepted at AFTA – this exhibit is online entries only. Full details can be found on the Prospectus.
Theatre Gallery Artist- Moments from Hurricane Ian by Kinfay Moroti
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 www.ArtInLee.org, find us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter.
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