The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is hosting “Raising the Bar,” an exhibition that features eight Lee County Bar Association attorneys who display their their artistic side with paintings, woodworks, sketches, stained glass art and photography. The show opens with an Art Walk reception this Friday evening from 6-10 p.m.
The artists participating in the exhibit are:
Gerald W. Pierce, Esq., who shot the cover photography for the Lee County Bar Association’s member directory. Also an appellate attorney, Mr. Pierce has also provided the cover art for the organization’s monthly news magazine, leading to a large archive of Southwest Florida images. The sale of his nature photography at the art show will benefit the Continuing Legal Education Library fund, as well as the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center.
Former Lee County Bar Association President Paul Liles, Esq. is a trial lawyer, Senior Attorney at the law firm Absolute Law, and an accomplished graphite portrait artist. Mr. Liles has practiced law in Fort Myers for more than 21 years. “A person’s eyes are the windows to their soul,” says the artist. His portraiture of Eudora Welty is stark evidence of the truth in his statement.
Robert D. Young, Esq. is a civil and commercial trial litigator whose mixed media art has a very personal note to it. According to Mr. Young, “Reinterpreting my photographs through mixed media affords me an opportunity to take precious moments in my life, and create a permanent impression based on my perception of aesthetics.” His manipulated photography on wood is like a very personal walk through a man’s travels, seeing the things that caught his attention in a very personal way.
Adding to the excitement of the show will be live poetic performances by trial lawyer Tom Chase, Esq. to accompany the photography/printed poem works in his collection. Mr. Chase uses a special Southern voice reminiscent of “Forest Gump” and takes us to a special place in time with his soulful and intense renditions of his poetry.
A selection of large format abstract works of art by Patricia Zalisko, Esq. is described as resulting from the emotional response to historical events such as the Ukrainian Holocaust (known as the Holodomor, or death by starvation) and the tragedy of the mass murders of children and educators at Sandy Hook last December; and, on the lighter side, her personal exploration into line and mark, as evidenced in her Flux series. A retired attorney, Ms. Zalisko now devotes most of her time to her art, and has captured major awards in juried shows in and out of Florida.
Attorney Katharyn E. Owen, Esq. of the Cape Coral-based law firm Warchol, Merchant & Rollings, LLP, practices intellectual property, business and commercial law, and real estate law. “Starting with daily watercolor ‘classes’ with my grandmother, artistic expression has always been an important part of my life,” Ms. Owen states. Her work that will be displayed at the show is described as mixed media, watercolor and assemblage art, repurposing found items in interesting ways.
Still Life artist and attorney Pauline Franklin, Esq. says, “Creating paintings transports me to a place in my being where time doesn’t exist, unlike practicing law, which is ruled by time. The two balance each other perfectly and help to create a harmonious lifestyle.” She studied at Toledo Museum of Art, and received her Fine Arts degree from University of Toledo. Many years after, she was convinced by her brother to, like him, become an attorney.
One prolific artist who works almost exclusively in large format, exquisitely framed stained glass, is John Coleman, Esq. of the law firm Coleman & Coleman. Jewel-colored vases and large “paintings in glass” in multi-layered frames are Mr. Coleman’s signature style. This is in sharp contrast to his practice in the legal field of criminal law and real property, probate and trust law.
“Raising the Bar” is sponsored by CopyLady, Merit Court Reporting, and Encore Bank.