Revealed by Barbara Yeomans
Revealed by Barbara Yeomans

The Southwest Florida Art scene will be on display at BIG ARTS in February with two shows by accomplished artists who call the area home. “Vagrant: The Process of Being,” works of Todd Andrew Babb, will be on display in Phillips Gallery and “Revealed,” works of Barbara Yeomans, will be in Founders Gallery.

“It’s incredible to have two artists of this caliber in our galleries” Said Executive Director Lee Ellen Harder “It’s a real treat to have artists that have displayed works nationally and internationally here on Sanibel."

Babb will be giving a talk about his show at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 in Phillips Gallery, followed by a reception for both artists from 5:30 to 7 p.m. when guests can meet the artists as well as enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’ oeuvres.  

“Vagrant: The Process of Being” features all new works from Babb.

“We are all vagrants of this life,” explained Babb. “Whether slowly, throughout a lifetime, or quickly day-to-day, we are in a constant state of evanescence; however, for better or worse, we change and evolve.”

“We own nothing. We are owned. We are kept solely by the hands of time,” he continued. “The individual decides, through perception, if they will be pulled by the throat or guided gently by the hand. We are beggars asking for mercy at every interval.” 

Babb’s sculptural art process involves the personally developed use of innovative materials to allow for the distinctly expressive lines of his contemporary figurative pieces. Each uninhibited piece is an exploration into the evolution of humanity because of his desire for progression. Concentrating on line and form over detail and aesthetics, Babb’s elongated and oftentimes abstracted bodies portray this adaptation of the human spirit.

In BIG ARTS Founders Gallery, one of Southwest Florida’s favorite local print-makers and painters Yeomans will also be debuting many new works. For the past 30 years, Yeomans has honed her technique using experimental processes and materials creating dynamic monotype prints, paintings and assemblages.

Due to her spontaneous and energetic work ethic, each piece is one of a kind. Some of these experimental works are torn up and repurposed into assemblages, further pushing the boundaries of her style and materials.

Yeoman’s love of color, travel, history and people’s stories has influenced her artwork through a spontaneous expression of feelings about her experiences. This show will feature one-of-a-kind, hand pulled prints and paintings by Yeomans.

“Vagrant: The process of being” and “Revealed” will both be on display in BIG ARTS Phillips and Founders Galleries from Jan. 30 through Feb. 24. To learn more about the shows and view gallery hours www.BIGARTS.org or call the box office at 239-395-0900.