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Miami Artist to Inaugurate Fort Myers Art Gallery

Miami artist George Rodez was selected to inaugurate the Grand Opening of The Art House Gallery in Fort Myers, Florida, which opens its doors on Saturday, July 19 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. The exhibit entitled, “La Casa del Arte,” will showcase George’s Caribbean and Elements & Values series and will be on exhibit through August 13, 2008.

Fort Myers, FL, July 18, 2008 --( The Art House Gallery is located in a 1904 Sears catalog-built home on one of the oldest streets in the historic River District of Fort Myers, at 1803 Hough Street, and is owned by Greg and Jessamin Knezevich. George states that it has been an honor to have been chosen to inaugurate Greg and Jessamin’s new art gallery, one he knows will become a large contributor to the art scene in Fort Myers for many years to come.

Selected for his diverse styles and bold palettes, Rodez was born in New York to Cuban parents. He uses his Caribbean series to explore his culture and roots. He describes this work as a mixture of the old with the new, the Cuban and the American, the Caribbean and the African, all rolled up into one delicious palette of colors. He uses subjects and images that would normally be used in folkloric Cuban paintings and gives them a modern pop-ish twist. The works act as a defibrillator bringing back to life the Cuba, B(efore) C(astro), and foretelling of the possibilities of a new beginning for the lost island of ruins. His Elements & Values series is about breaking all boundaries, traditions, and rules in creating a body of work that is purely an expression of freedom and an example of how one can create art using everyday household items. In doing this, he creates a connection between everyday real life and art. He allows the art work to tell him what it wants to be -- it directs him. He does not try to manipulate it in any way. He only brings forth the images that he sees in the depths of the background as he works on each piece.

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