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artin­ Non­profit agency has grown to 50-plus arts and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions, 1,200 mem­bers, some 133,000 an­nual vis­i­tors. “Our job is to pro­vide a warm and wel­com­ing place. We are us­ing our front yard as a show­case and gate­way to the city,” Al­liance ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Ly­dia Black says. BOB RAUSCHEN­BERG GALLERY

at Florida South­West­ern State Col­lege, Fort My­ers rauschen­ Rauschen­berg’s half-cen­tury-plus pres­ence on Cap­tiva Is­land had the same ef­fect on the lo­cal cul­tural scene as Thomas Edi­son’s pres­ence in South­west Florida. The gallery opened in 1979 and Rauschen­berg launched a solo ex­hibit the fol­low­ing year—the first of 15 ex­hibits that in­cluded some world pre­mieres. The gallery just ended an ex­hibit fea­tur­ing the per­form­ers James Franco and Kalup Linzy.


uni­tas­ Jansen’s stu­dio and gallery ac­com­mo­dates his large-scale ur­ban ex­pres­sion­ism, cre­at­ing a dip­tych or tryp­tic that can be “put to­gether as a larger work, like a puz­zle,” he says. ARTS FOR ACT GALLERY AND BOU­TIQUE,

Fort My­ers arts­foract­ The gallery car­ries the works of 40 to 50 artists, two monthly fea­tured guest artists, as well as an auc­tion preview in Oc­to­ber. Pur­chases here do dou­ble-duty: sup­port­ing lo­cal artists and fund­ing a do­mes­tic abuse shel­ter.

DAAS CO-OP, Fort My­ers

daas­ David Acevedo and Xavier Brignoni have cre­ated an artists’ co-op in Royal Palm Square in Fort My­ers. “The lo­cal art scene is very pow­er­ful. Ev­ery day, ev­ery week, I meet new artists do­ing amaz­ing work,” says Acevedo.

HOWL GALLERY/TAT­TOO, Fort My­ers howl­ Half is de­voted to tat­toos and pierc­ing; the other half fea­tures fan­tasy, sur­real and coun­ter­cul­ture art, rock posters and Andy Howl orig­i­nals. “There’s art ev­ery­where,” he says.

“The lo­cal art scene is very pow­er­ful. Ev­ery day, ev­ery week, I meet new artists do­ing amaz­ing work.” —David Acevedo

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