BIG ARTS Hosting Florida Southwestern Exhibit, Reception, Artist Talk

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

BIG ARTS will host a fine arts reception and artist talk from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 17 to celebrate the current exhibit, “Fast Forward,” which features work by alumni of Florida SouthWestern State College. The reception will be held in BIG ARTS Dunham Family Gallery. Complimentary wine and other beverages will be available, and the talk will begin at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to have a reception and artist talk back at BIG ARTS,” said Program & Gallery Manager Lauren Huff. “It’s really exciting to host these seven young up-and-coming artists at BIG ARTS. This has been a really fantastic exhibit, and we’re really looking forward to having all the artists here to discuss their work.”

Featuring artists Martha De la Cruz, Dalton Howard, Alejandro Gómez Hernandez, Claire Malécot, Leila Mesdaghi, Kirsten Pettifor, and B.A. Wikoff, “Fast Forward” is a multi-media exhibition in which the artists imagine the future from the vantage point of our historically turbulent and uncertain time. The work on display ranges from pieces as personal as sewing together one’s cultural and familiar heritage to work that explores the wider world and interrogates colonialism and income inequality. One piece in the exhibition offers solutions to competitive occupations through an alternative game of chess where players work collaboratively to turn pawns into queens.

“Fast Forward” is currently on display and closes July 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A high-definition virtual gallery walk-through of the exhibit is available at BIG ARTS is located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel. For more information, call the box office at 239-395-0900 or visit

BIG ARTS, established in 1979, is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing quality artistic, cultural, and educational experiences to Sanibel and Captiva residents and visitors. Visit to learn more about BIG ARTS, and stay tuned for our 2022 season, which launches in August. This will be a spectacular Celebrate Community season and we look forward to seeing you at BIG ARTS. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook!

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