On Friday, March 1, 2013, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center presents Acrylics & Aquarellas by German artist Heidi Schmitz. The exhibition will feature a medley of her acrylic and watercolor paintings. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 6-10 p.m. on March 1 during Art Walk.
“We are really excited to participate in the forthcoming March 1 Art Walk,” states Heidi’s husband, Georg. Heidi and Georg are also thrilled to be part of the vibrant art scene in Southwest Florida, and look forward to the opportunity to add a bit of a European flavour to the area’s elan.
In truth, however, it was the area’s temperate climate this time of year that influenced Heidi and Georg to purchase a home in Fort Myers four years ago. “I always wanted to spend the cold, rainy winter days of Germany in a place with a warm and sunny climate and with a very active arts and cultural community,” Heidi admits. “For me, Southwest Florida is the ideal place to be in the winter.”
But while sunny skies and warm zephyrs may have been the tipping point, they wouldn’t have put down roots in Southwest Florida had they not found here a diverse array of arts and cultural events, different styles of art, and the opportunity to interact with so many talented American artists.
“It is another reason why Heidi is so happy to have the support of Jim Griffith and his team for this show,” notes Georg. And to express their gratitude in a material way, Heidi is donating one of her paintings to the Davis Art Center. It will be auctioned off by Mayor Randy Henderson on Tuesday, March 12, during a reception that takes place from 6-8 p.m. The proceeds will help support the restoration of Art Center, which is one of Fort Myers’ most visible architectural and cultural landmarks.
Forty percent (40%) of all paintings sold during the March exhibit will also go to the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
“We are very proud that the mayor of Fort Myers will auction the painting that Heidi donates on the occasion of the March 12 event,” proclaims husband Georg. He and Heidi are also honored that BMW of Fort Myers is helping sponsor the March 12 charity event. “They will donate hors d’oeuvres and display a car in front of the building.”
In addition to Mayor Henderson and Davis Art Center President and CEO Jim Griffith, Eva Alexandra Countess Kendeffy, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Norma Brenne Henning, J.D., Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany will be in attendance. Ms. Henning, who is a Naples-based lawyer and the President of the European American Network of Southwest Florida, will offer the opening remarks. The Florida German Consulate General, the SW Florida Honorary Consul of Germany, and the SW Florida European American Network are each helping sponsor the March 12 event.
For further information about Heidi or her art, please consult www.heidi-schmitz.com or www.heidi-schmitz.de.
Founded in 1997 by Jim Griffith as Florida Arts, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center provides programming to southwest Florida which includes concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibits, dance, independent film, and cotillion. The Art Center regularly recruits award-winning artists who have performed worldwide at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Its mission is to nurture innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts through these events and community outreach programs.
Volunteers are needed at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center to assist in the office and with regularly scheduled seasonal events. Contact Sally Joslyn at 239-333-1933 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street, in the heart of the downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information about the center or the exhibit, please visiti www.sbdac.com or telephone 239-333-1933.