The Captiva Civic Association will continue with its 2021-22 art exhibition season next week with an opening reception for the fourth of five exhibits scheduled at the gallery over the coming months.
“Shorelines: Paintings and Stories of Captiva and Her Island Neighbors” will be a solo exhibition of paintings of places and landmarks in and around Captiva, Sanibel and the Pine Island region by Florida artist Paul Arsenault. It is a deliberate play on words as a title as he believes his creations inspired by the island “shore” locales capture the history, or the “lines” of the story, of the places. Mostly acrylic on canvas, Arsenault’s work captures the feeling and vibrance of the tropical atmosphere and the uniqueness of the island communities: colorful and exotic, while also being familiar and nostalgic.
“Paintings in this exhibition include the early days of South Seas, a unique perspective of the Lady Chadwick’s berth, Kite Day on Sanibel, circa 1984, Katy Gardenia’s shop, the colorful Pirate Playhouse when it was on Periwinkle and several depictions of Blind Pass over the years,” he said.
The opening reception is set for Feb. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center.
Open to the community, it will feature a bar, light refreshments and live music. Reservations are required to attend; visit the Eventbrite link at www.ccacaptiva.org/events-classes-meetings/.
In addition, Arsenault will give a presentation called “Stories” on March 3 at 4 p.m. at the center. He will talk about the “Shorelines” exhibition and share the stories behind his featured paintings.
The presentation is also free and open to the community, but reservations are required to attend. To register, visit the Eventbrite link at www.ccacaptiva.org/events-classes-meetings/.
“We had planned to have this exhibition last year but had to postpone it,” CCA Executive Director Emily Ankerson said. “Paul’s work is really amazing — breathtaking — and he is a wonderful storyteller. I think people in the community are really going to enjoy his beautiful paintings and the stories behind them.”
“Shorelines” will be on display from Feb. 17 through April 18.
The gallery is open for viewing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for more info