Work of Asbel Dumpierre. COURTESY PHOTOS / SBDAC

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will feature two exhibitions – miniature masterpieces and works of art with a Cuban twist – in August.

“Encounter II”, an exhibition of seven contemporary Cuban artists, opens Friday August 6 in the Grand Atrium during Art Walk. “Carded: Miniature Masterpieces IV” will be presented in the Capital Gallery. The Opening Night Reception takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the monthly Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers.

The artists participating in “Encounter II” are Aimeé Pérez, Rigoberto Mena, Lía Galletti, Ismael Gómez Peralta, Asbel Dumpierre, Armando Pérez Alemán and Víctor Gómez, all from Miami. Their work has a strong Cuban influence.

“Encounter II” is composed of works of art by designers of different aesthetic tendencies, expressing feelings and points of view on different subjects. Various interests in the artists’ environment, everyday issues, landscapes and objects that caught their attention were captured in their art.

“Carded: Miniature Masterpieces IV” is on display in the Capital Gallery from August 6 to 26.

“Carded: Miniature Masterpieces IV” is on display in the Capital Gallery from August 6 to 26.

“Carded: Miniature Masterpieces IV”, a group exhibition curated by Cesar Aguilera, features miniatures, an art form whose heritage dates back to the illustrated manuscripts of scribes in the Far East and Europe before the 15th century. The origin of the modern collectible card is associated with the cigarette cards first issued by the American tobacco company Allen and Ginter in 1875. They were the forerunners of sports cards and other collectible cards. Artist Ndola Pensy brought the idea for the artist’s collectible card to Southwest Florida in 2017, and a new tradition was born.

Exhibitions close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 26.

Sidney’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden will be open to the public during Art Walk from 6 p.m. to midnight. The new venue features artwork, sunsets and Sidney’s Signature drinks.

Havy Rodriguez of the Miami Splash Band will perform live at Sidney’s from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mr. Rodriguez is a Cuban-born singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and percussionist who fuses Latin and American music. He plays originals and covers in English and Spanish, with a range of funk, reggae, jazz mixed with salsa, bachata, cumbia, rumba, flamenco, Latin rock and Caribbean rhythms. .

Sidney's Rooftop Sculpture Garden is known for its sunsets, artwork, and Sidney's Signature drinks.

Sidney’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden is known for its sunsets, artwork, and Sidney’s Signature drinks.

The Davis Center is located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-333-1933 or visit www.sbdac.com. |