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Underwater Art

Moray Eel by Bob Halstead

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center will highlight an underwater art exhibition during a group show at Art Walk on Friday, July 6 from 6 to 10 p.m . There’s Something in the Water features photography from Bob Halstead, Mila Bridger and Katy Danca Galli, plus paintings from Arturo Sameniego. 

Halstead is an award-winning underwater photographer whose work has been published in books and featured in galleries around the world. Through his interest in scuba diving, he has captured some of the most incredible underwater images. Halstead is credited with devising a now common technique called “muck diving,” which reveals unique creatures or objects in the sediment. His photography has also had an impact on marine biology since he has been able to help identify several new and unknown species of sea life. For more information, visit www.bobbeneaththesea.weebly.com.

Originally from the city of Koszalin in the northwest of Poland, Bridger is best known for her abstractly surreal, color-saturated photographs featuring what she labels as manufactured fantasy. She is renowned both locally and internationally for fantastical portraits that feature stylized, saturated settings with a high degree of kinetic energy and Expressionist flair. For more information, visit www.milabridger.com

A Florida west coast native, Danca Galli is the former photo editor for Scuba Diving magazine, master diver, former Boy Scout (seriously), ocean advocate and lover of all bodies of water. Her work has been featured on www.baresports.com, Scuba Diving magazine online and in print, Sport Diver magazine and Divephotoguide.com. Danca Galli has won contests with the Ocean Conservancy, Our World Underwater and the Cover of the Year Charlie Award for 2012. For more information, visit www.katydancagalli.com

Originally from Mexico, Sameniego earned degrees in business and art. The next 14 years were spent developing a successful computer business until his dream of being a painter could wait no longer. In 2004, Sameniego took the plunge to become a full-time artist. The last 14 years have been an exciting journey that allowed Sameniego to develop a successful career as a visual artist, with galleries representing his work in different parts of the country, including Miami, Houston, Charleston and Denver. Sameniego’s work has received several national and regional awards, as well as publication in magazines such as Juxtapoze, Studio Visit, International Artist Magazine, and American Art Collector. For more information, visit www.samaniegoart.com

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. For more information, visit www.sbdac.com or call 239-333-1933.

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