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Two art shows featured for July at SBDAC

A Monty Python inspired exhibition “Pythonesque” will be on display July 1-29. This piece is by Stephen Hayford. COURTESY PHOTO

A Monty Python inspired exhibition “Pythonesque” will be on display July 1-29. This piece is by Stephen Hayford. COURTESY PHOTO

Two art exhibitions will open at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center during Art Walk on Friday, July 1. “The Age of Titans” will be featured in the downstairs Grand Atrium. Upstairs in the Capital Gallery, a group show exhibit titled “Pythonesque” will explore works inspired by Monty Python. Both galleries are open for viewing July 1-29. Opening night for both exhibitions will be during Art Walk, July 1, from 6-10 p.m. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.

For “The Age of Titans” group show, 12 local artists each selected one Titan to use as inspiration for their art from the six gods and six goddesses— Cronus, Oceanus, Coeus, Hyperion, Crius, Apetus, Thea, Phoebe, Mnemosyne, Themis, Rhea and Tethys. The artists were given wide scope to create on giant 8-by-9-foot canvases. The artists came from diverse talents including an architect, designer, tattoo artist and more. They worked using varied mediums such as oils, spray paint, acrylic, and found objects, to create unique and impressive large-scale works of art. Participating artists in the show include Mariapia Malerba, Reynier Llanes, Danielle Branchaud, Brian Weaver, Dharma Lefevre, Mully, Savannah Leslie, Cesar Aguilera, Samantha Taylor, Israel Alpizar, Dawn Webb and JC Franchevich.

Artist Mully works on a piece for the “Age of Titans” exhibit.

Artist Mully works on a piece for the “Age of Titans” exhibit.

For “Pythonesque,” artists were invited to produce works directly inspired by the very (very, very, very) many quips and punches from Monty Python’s comedies including “Flying Circus,” “The Holy Grail,” “The Life of Brian,” “The Meaning of Life” and more. This most iconic and influential comedy series debuted over 50 years ago and continues to inspire the arts, music and film media to this day. Surrealism, stream-of-consciousness and absolute absurdity are celebrated in this exhibition. Artists and guests may “silly walk” their way through the gallery. Fine art featuring man-eating rabbits, the blessed cheesemakers, Knights who say NI, and men dressed as women dressed as men may adorn the walls. And above all, “Pythonesque” offers the community an opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of life (which is nothing very special, really)!

Danielle Branchaud’s “Titan.” COURTESY PHOT0S

Danielle Branchaud’s “Titan.” COURTESY PHOT0S

Adding to the enjoyment at Art Walk on July 1, the music of DJ Dream Jay will be featured on the rooftop at Sidney’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center invites the public to come enjoy two art shows, listen to music and dance the night away. Friday nights atop Sidney’s are fun for everyone with a panoramic 360-degree view of the city and the sunset over the Caloosahatchee River. ¦

A “Pythonesque” piece by Robert Allen.

A “Pythonesque” piece by Robert Allen.

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