Fort Myers, FL – In the month of August, DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts is showcasing the artwork of whimsical artist/illustrator Lorrie Bennett. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, August 6, 2021, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm, in conjunction with the monthly Fort Myers Art Walk event. The exhibition will be on display through August 28, 2021.
SW Florida based artist, Lorrie Bennett, is a self-taught, contemporary and expressive mixed-media artist and illustrator who has always known, from an early age, that she was an artist. Even though her earlier career was not originally a creative field, artistic endeavors always found its way back into her life. And then after 20+ years as a single mother and working as a Graphic Designer/Marketing Manager, she decided it was time to spend her life as a full-time artist and currently works out of her studio at her home.
Creating has always been a journey of experimenting and exploration for Lorrie. She is bound by no medium and paints an assemblage of layers of materials such as acrylics, watercolors, inks, pastels, charcoal, monoprints, photo transfers, fabrics and vintage ephemeral papers such as wallpapers, book pages, maps, and sewing patterns (some over a century old). She also often incorporates mark-making patterns that come from textured items such as rolled up cardboard, bubble wrap, bottle caps or Styrofoam. “The excitement is the process of combining paints, drawing, mark-making, and collaging while choosing what to add, to cover up and what to leave untouched”- says the artist.
Inspired by the John Muir quote “And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul”, Lorrie’s current series weaves figurative and nature scenes together, as well as smaller botanical works. All things nature has always been a huge inspiration for Lorrie and has often found its way onto her canvas over the years. The figurative paintings express bold strength and beauty while a gentle kindness emerges. “Something I believe every woman carries inside.” Each painting begins with a collaboration of materials and photography that once combined create a new story of life energy and soul.
Lorrie has been blessed to have her artwork reside in homes, businesses, and numerous publications including two adult coloring books: “Inkspirations: Fruit of the Spirit” and “Inkspirations: Fruit of the Spirit for Moms”. She has illustrated several children’s books and is currently working with Applewood Books on a children’s counting book named “Dreaming of Fort Myers”, available later this year on Amazon and stores throughout the U.S. Her art was also chosen for the cover and inside pages of “The Beauty of Zentangle”, which recognized and presented 137 tangle artists worldwide. In 2018, Lorrie received the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s Choice Award for ‘Exhibition: X’ juried show, for her mixed-media painting “The Story of Chromosome X”.
We invite all Southwest Florida art collectors, supporters and enthusiasts to join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 6, 2021, starting at 6:00pm. DAAS CO-OP is located at 1815 Fowler Street, in the Butterfly Estates complex in Fort Myers, FL. The gallery’s temporary business hours are Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 3pm. More information about the venue and/or how to become a member can be found at daascoop.com or by calling 239-590-8645.
1815-3 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Friday – Sunday: 10am – 3pm