On Friday, September 6, Young Artists Awards vocalists Carley Levy and Hannah Steele will be performing at Ocasiocasa Studio Gallery from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in conjunction with September Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers.
Carley Levy is a student at Fort Myers High School and Hannah Steele is a freshman attending North Fort Myers High.
The Young Artists Awards, in its eleventh year of programming, is a not for profit education, performance, audition and scholarship program for students from throughout Southwest Florida. The organization is also a monthly partner with Art Walk.
Inside the House of Ocasio, sculpture is molded, modelled, crafted and formed through the successive application of layers of masking tape over old vinyl dolls and other found objects that are recycled, upcycled, modified, customized and re-purposed into other-worldly creatures that spring from the fertile imaginations of Jeff and Dale Ocasio. Jeff experiments on these “found canvases,” using masking tape to give life to his one-of-a-kind designs. When he’s done, Dale takes over, adding water-based professional glue, acrylic paint and varnish. She also photographs each piece at varying stages throughout the creative process and collages the digital images into illustrations that hang on Ocasiocasa’s cream-colored plaster walls.
For Art Walk, the gallery presents the Ocasiocasa Museum of Books, a new collection of sculptured masking tape art on salvaged old books. Thirteen of these never-shown-before tomes will be featured in the studio gallery for the September show. The Museum of Books includes classics, mystery, vintage children’s readers, science fiction, and more. Love Story, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Viking Book of Aphorisms are some of the featured titles you'll see at Ocasiocasa.
Ocasiocasa Studio Gallery is located at 1540 Broadway in the downtown Fort Myers River District. The performances by Carley Levy and Hannah Steele are free and open to the public. For more information on the Young Artists Awards, please visit www.youngartistsawards.org or Young Artists Awards on Facebook. For more information on Ocasiocasa, please visit www.ocasiocasa.com (where you can preview Jeff and Dale’s work, see some of Dale’s illustrations and watch several short, stop-action film clips) or telephone 239-691-8292.