Jennifer Benton Chief Executive Officer, Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc.
Claudia Goode Gallery Curator at Arts for ACT, 2013
Arts for ACT Gallery Main Exhibit Room with the past exhibit by Leo and Krista Johnson
ABOUT ARTS FOR ACT GALLERY and BOUTIQUE
Art connoisseurs share an artful delight in the Arts for ACT Gallery located in historic downtown Fort Myers, in the front of the Arcade Building. It is a pace-setting, award winning and 100% non-profit gallery owned and operated by Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The gallery is devoted to representing the distinctive and extraordinaire by offering premium quality works of art. Housed in what was once the Sydney Davis Men’s Store, circa 1960’s, the art lover walks through the gallery’s inviting glass façade into over 2100 square feet of gallery space divided into smaller areas, each with its own personality.
Showcasing the art of the current featured artist, the front gallery, reminiscent of galleries in SoHo, has 12-foot high ceilings, distressed brick walls, and warm wooden floors. This gallery changes every two weeks in season and monthly out of season. Hosting opening receptions free to the general public for the featured artists every first and third Friday in season, it is a great opportunity to meet the gallery’s featured artist, enjoy some local food and wine, and engage in lively artful discussions.
As you peruse the other galleries, the rooms range from formal to funky and are as diverse as the artwork. Being a truly eclectic gallery the bevy of 75 artists includes four-time gold medalist Olympic discus winner and abstract artist Al Oerter; Cape Coral marine watercolorist David Belling; and the abstract expressionism of international artist Cheryl Fausel and over 75 local artists. The ever-colorful Florida art of Mel Meo and Teresa Kostrabala, and beautiful jewelry of several local artists are popular draws. The work may be purchased for a few dollars to several thousand.
Arts for ACT Gallery provides a quality, contemporary exhibition gallery featuring the original art, limited edition prints, giclees, hand-crafted fine crafts, tee shirts, silver and glass bead jewelry, gourd art, raku, clay, and art cards. It is a “must see” destination for all art lovers and collectors providing a unique opportunity for everyone to learn and enjoy art.
The Boutique now offers clothing, hand bags, shoes, jewelry, and more. New items weekly. Come in and see what treasure you can't live without!
ACT GALLERY and Boutique
Owned and Operated by Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT)
The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center Serving Lee, Hendry and Glades
Counties 2265 First Street, Fort Myers, Florida
The River District in the front of The Arcade Building
Gallery Hours: 11 to 4:30 pm / Monday - Friday Call for Saturday Hours
Artful Evening Artist Receptions- First Friday of every month 7 - 10 pm
Gallery Phone: (239) 337-5050 Administration Phone: (239) 939-2553