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The Wyvern Hotel has partnered with the Visual Art Center Punta Gorda to help embody the arts that make up so much of the community and downtown Punta Gorda. From the lobby of the hotel, to each guest floor local artist have the opportunity to showcase their artwork as well as sell their pieces with 100% profits going back to the artist. Artwork is rotated every 6 months throughout the hotel to feature new pieces and artist within the community! For more visit: www.visualartcenter.org
Barbara Albin sold her first paintings at age 17 and has never looked back. She says of her work, “As an intuitive artist, instead of painting a forest, I paint the dance between the trees. Instead of painting the ocean, I paint the swirls of sounds. When hearing music, I see the colors and feel the rhythm in my soul. So many can paint the real world, but I like to paint the world we cannot see.”
Mike Fortier has been taking photographs his entire adult life. He is a proponent of digital photography, which allows him to “unabashedly” manipulate his images. With a click of his mouse, he can eliminate unwanted or distracting elements, alters colors, changes textures and crops the image to achieve his desired composition. The final result reflects his vision of the world.
Donna Valenti came to Charlotte County after a career in television that included editing highlights of New York Knicks and Rangers games for the Madison Square Garden network. With the move, her creative energies shifted from television to photography. She's enjoying the medium. "While the stillness of photographs never changes," she said. "The emotions they evoke do."
Roxie Vetter’s abstract creations found their genesis in Florida-style homes with tall ceilings and large walls. “Big walls require paintings,” she said, “And I love painting with a 4” brush!” Her canvases often becomes part of the work as she uses negative shapes to create abstract forms. If you look closely, you might find all sorts of unexpected mediums in her paintings, from coffee grounds and egg shells to leaves and bark.
Beverly Yankwitt turned to her art in earnest when she retired from the financial world. She is now both an accomplished artist and a popular abstract art instructor at the Visual Arts Center. Although Ms. Yankwitt has been known to create representational works, her real love is abstract art. She explained by saying, “I believe it is the most unique, original expression an artist can render.”