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Civic association to unveil new exhibit during opening reception

February 11, 2019
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Captiva Civic Association will host an opening reception this week for its newest exhibition, "Paints Seascapes and Florals" - a solo exhibit that will feature paintings by Douglas David.

The event will take place on Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center.

Open to the public, there will be music, light hors d'oeuvres and a donation bar.

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Douglas David

Molly Barbee, art chair at the CCA, explained that David paints in oils and that the exhibition will spotlight some of the well-known artist's new works, including seascapes with florals mixed in.

"And some island scenes," she said. "A few fun scenes of Captiva."

Barbee noted that an interesting thing about David's work is he uses very soft or subtle colors, which make his pieces "warm." He also specializes in creating waves and beaches that appear touchable.

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Opening reception


Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Captiva Civic Center, 11550 Chapin Lane


Free and open to the public

"How a wave rolls out in the water," she said.

David will be present at the reception for a meet-and-greet and to discuss his work.

"He's also going to have some explanation boards or education panels in addition to his art pieces," Barbee said, noting that they will outline his processes and techniques and how he accomplishes them.

"We've never done that before," she said. "I think it will be kind of interesting."

His first exhibit at the center, David had a small showing at the Captiva Island Yacht Club a couple years ago. He has conducted plein air classes at the center in the past, and he teaches in Naples, Bonita Springs and Michigan. David is also instructing some classes for BIG ARTS for the current season.

He is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors.

"He travels all around - he exhibits," Barbee said.

During the reception, Tad Greene and his trio will perform live.

"He plays every kind of music," she said.

The exhibition will run through March 7.

On March 21, the CCA will host "Afternoon with the Artist, David Douglas" at 2 p.m. David will demonstrate the principles in his teaching and how he builds a wave and captures the light, shadow and colors in the wash back, and then will paint a seascape oil. The event is free, but seating is limited.

"It's an opportunity to see a well-known artist paint things like seascapes and florals," she said.

To reserve a seat for the demonstration, contact the CCA at 239-472-2111.

Resident and visitors are invited to stop by for the reception.

"Come see something new," Barbee said, noting that it is the third exhibition out of four that are scheduled for the season. "Totally different exhibits - each one is totally different than the others."

For more information, visit online at or call 239-472-2111.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane. The gallery is open for viewing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; viewings also available by appointment.



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