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Art Exhibits & More: 11/18/15

November 17, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

* 'Death Mask' display at FSW

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College will display Thomas Edison's full-head "Death Mask" in a new exhibition by New York artist Keith Edmier opening Dec. 5 and closing Feb. 6.

The mask will appear in "Keith EDMIER: Edison Impluvium" inside the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW on the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus, opening Saturday, Dec. 5 with a lecture by Edmier at 6 p.m. and an opening reception from 7-9 p.m.

Before Edison's death in 1931, close friend Henry Ford commissioned James Earle Fraser, a distinguished American sculptor, to produce a bronze statue of his hero. Fraser took the original mold of Edison's head, but his project's completion was delayed until 1949 due to a bronze shortage and the Second World War. Edison's very rare "Death Mask," a product of Fraser's mold, is on loan from a private collector in California and has never been previously exhibited.

Edmier's gallery exhibition will include a full scale recreation of Edison's concrete swimming pool, currently located at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Along the walls of the pool will be Edison's "Death Mask" and 50 additional plaster masks created by Edmier as a historical record of family and friends.

The event is open to the public, free of charge. The first-come, first-served seating for the 6 p.m. lecture is limited.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


* 200 Under $200

Hundreds of pieces of artwork created by Alliance for the Arts members will fill the gallery walls during through December during 200 Under $200. This non-traditional art show features smaller works priced at $200 or less. All sales are "cash & carry" meaning purchasers may take the piece with them when the buy it rather than waiting until the end of the exhibit. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.



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