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‘It’s All Elemental’ the theme of the 7th annual Art Royale fund-raiser

November 13, 2010

The 7th annual Alliance for the Arts' Art Royale fund-raiser will feature a gallery exhibit, interactive installations and performances, along with culinary artists for this year's theme "It's All Elemental."

A collaboration of every idea from the past Art Royales was chosen for this year's theme, which includes earth, wind, fire, water and space. More than 100 artists will present their interpretation of the theme on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Alliance for the Arts Public Relations Director Chelsea Birczak said last year they took a break from the annual fund-raiser to host "Bruce Gora, A Night To Remember" celebration for a past board member who died two years ago.

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Christar Damiano will perform a 8-minute solo dance the Art Royale next Saturday at the Alliance of the Arts.

The juried gallery exhibit, which is Alliance for the Arts members artwork, will features 46 two- and three-dimensional pieces of artwork.

Interactive installations is another portion of Art Royale's fund-raiser.

Petra Kaiser, a Cape Coral resident of 15 years, will showcase her artwork for the first time this year with her interactive installation of "Dancing with the Wind."

The piece of art will feature more than 600 pieces of recycled glass in various colors and shapes, and 1,400 hand-made wire rings will connect them once it is completed during the event. Kaiser said approximately 300 glass pieces will be placed on "Dancing with the Wind" during the event.

The creation will remain at the Alliance for the Arts as a permanent structure.

"When it's windy it dances," she said about her piece of artwork. "When the light dances it's really interesting."

Each bottle is sliced, ground, cleaned, fused and then cleaned again before it is mounted into the installation.

"You have to fire every single one of the pieces," Kaiser said. "You have to work with each slice you make."

The artist was attracted to working with glass in 1997 because she was better with tools than with a paint brush.

Stephen Hayford, a Cape Coral resident of 10 years, will also participate in the interactive installations portion of Art Royale for the second year. He will produce a second four-minute short film involving action figures for a mock tourism video, "Hello from Florida."

The interactive portion of the video consists of a scene that deals with the destruction of the wetlands and clearing of a wooded area with ATVs. Individ-uals will have the opportunity to operate a toy ATV with a stick to make patterns in the sand for the interactive installment of the video.

He explained that he made his first short film during the 2008 Art Royale.

"It went over really well," Hayford said.

Hayford had a career in photo journalism for 20 years and began doing action figure photos 10 years ago as a way to provide some balance for himself after covering death and destruction for so long. The photographs became popular, which later turned him into doing short films and landing a contract with LucasFilms.

"Art Royale is a fantastic event," he said. "So many local artist thinking of a common theme it is a fantastic idea."

His first film, "Hello from Florida" can be viewed on YouTube.

Performers will also present their interpretations of the theme during the event, which Birczak said will provide a street parade kind of feel of art.

Doug MacGregor, Fort Myers resident, is among one of the performers who will get everyone involved during a '70s sing-along using home-made percussion instruments like bottles, plastic jugs, spatulas and wooden spoons, among other recycled kitchen items to create music.

MacGregor explained that Art Royale will be a "public jam" during "one of the most unique nights that Southwest Florida has because it is all interactive arts."

Fort Myers resident Christar Damia-no will perform a 8-minute solo dance of her interpretation of air, water, earth and fire during Art Royale. A 20-minute fire jam with a performance from Damiano and six other dances will also highlight the event.

Damiano said she has been involved in Art Royale since the beginning, due to her assistance in formatting the signature event.

She explained that she wants to "wow the crowd" and "give them something that they hopefully have never seen before and inspire them in some way."

Art Royale will also feature culinary artists who will serve food and decorate their booths to go along with the planned theme.

Birczak said models, who will have their bodies painted and their hair done by Red Salon and Spa featuring a specific element, will also be present during the event.

Tickets are $50 for Art Royale. For additional information, visit or call (239) 939-2787.



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