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November 20, 2020January 24, 2021

Co-curated by Naples Botanical Garden and Method & Concept
November 20, 2020 – January 24, 2021

Naples Botanical Garden, Kapnick Hall

The artist is documented speaking about the influence of the Garden on his series for Convergence.
The camera captures the artist within the exhibition space as well as immersed in the Garden as he reflects on the experience of producing a new body of work in the time of Covid-19.
Convergence – an urgent call to cherish and preserve nature.

Convergence brings the painting of Carmelo Blandino to Naples Botanical Garden in an exhibition inspired by flora and fauna of South West Florida. Known for his luscious, abstract floral paintings combining the subtleties of classicism with the crackling energy of contemporary expressionism, Carmelo Blandino explores the human connection to nature through his body of work. Blandino — whose interactive painting process encourages the viewer to become part of his work — will produce a new series for this exhibition, drawing inspiration from the living collection at Naples Botanical Garden. Meet-the-artist, live painting from Sunday Nov 22 through Saturday Nov 28th from 11 am – 5 pm daily. (Closed Thanksgiving Day).   In early October, community members were invited to virtually collaborate with the artist through a Garden open photo submission, offering participants a personal stake in the art and message within it — an urgent call to cherish and preserve nature.

Photographer/Writer, Jennifer Reed captures the essence of Convergence in an article on the Naples Botanical Garden website 

~ Ticketed reservations through Naples Botanical Garden website
~ Advance reservations are recommended and limited space each day following health and safety guidelines.