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BIG ARTS will open the Fine Arts season with sculptor Alberto Chailosky on October 22 in the Dunham Family Gallery. There will be an artists’ conference and reception on November 5 at 5 p.m.

“Lost but not forgotten” Chailosky’s exhibition consists of miniature sculptures in mixed media that represent important places from his past that no longer exist due to years of gentrification. However, the memories and stories that the places occupied will forever remain in the works. The hope is that by commemorating them in sculpture, their cultural impact will be preserved.

“This is my first solo show in a while, and I’m so happy to be doing it at BIG ARTS,” said Chailosky. “They gave me the freedom to do ‘my’ show. No suggestion, no direction, et cetera. This was my story that I wanted to tell through my art, and BIG ARTS was as excited to hear and see my story as I was to tell it. It means a lot to me.

A 3D virtual tour of the exhibition will be available on October 27.

A graduate of RISD and the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Chailosky has had a long career in the arts as an artist sculptor, graphic designer and artistic director, including 11 years as a set designer for various shows. from Broadway and “Saturday Night Live.”

“I have a lot of inspiration from different times in my life. They inspired me in different ways. he said. “My first two times were when I was a young boy. The first time was a day after I moved to the United States and watched color TV, I saw magic. It was the opening scene for Mister Roger’s Neighborhood. The camera traveled around this amazing miniature city and ended up looking at a streetcar, which made the transition to Mister Rogers’ house. I still have chills today watching this scene. The second was also a bit later when I was a young boy, when I saw pictures of “Ruckus Manhattan” by Red Groom. I also embarked on the miniature through the world of theater. This led me to an eventful day where I met Hal Prince and he introduced me to one of the greatest set designers of all time, Eugene Lee. Eugene has become a major influence, and I have helped him on numerous Broadway and Saturday Night Live shows.

For Chailosky, “Lost but not forgotten” is both a historical journey and an autobiographical adventure from the end of the 80s and 90s.

“The very first thing I do when I start a piece is choose the place I want to sculpt and the story I want to tell. I’m not interested in doing random places. My story is just as important as the art. Each sculpture is both a work of art and a piece of my life and a story of me ”, he said. “These are places that not only have significant meaning – whether socially or architecturally – but also have personal meaning for me where I have experienced life in these places. Each place represented in my show has something else in common: these places are no longer there. They were either demolished or replaced with modern structures, mainly due to gentrification and profit. “

The exhibition will be on view until December 12.

For more information visit or call 239-395-0900.

BIG ARTS is located at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.

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