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Jonathan Kane Retrospective: 1957-2017

September 7 at 6:00 pm - September 28 at 5:00 pm

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Jonathan Kane Retrospective: 1957-2017

Opens: Friday, September 7th • 6pm – 10pm
Closes: September 28th

jonathan kaneCelebrate a legendary Southwest Florida artist! The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) will host “Jonathan Kane Retrospective: 1957-2017”, from September 7th – September 28th of the late Jonathan Kane. Experience this incredible show honoring Kane’s one-of-a-kind work. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.

The show, curated by Heather Nigro, covers the entire range of Kane’s work. The 40-year-plus time frame begins with Kane’s teenage years as a precocious amateur and young staff photographer at a local Naples newspaper. It moves on to his experimentation with different styles during his years at art schools in Florida and California, and as an unhappy young urban professional. It ends with the considerable volume of experimental nudes produced upon Kane’s return to Naples in the early 2000s. The media presented also covers the entire range of Kane’s work: Almost archival black & white photos that capture Southwest Florida of the 1970s (and echoes of it in the 2000s); humorous manipulated [SX-70] Polaroid images; collages; and highly inventive digital color, primarily nudes. As he stated on his website (, “I strive to create images that are surreal and mysterious, but grounded in human emotion and my own experience.”

jonathan kaneJonathan Kane was born in Miami Beach in 1957, but moved at an early age with his family to Bradenton and Naples, FL, where he attended primary and middle school, and graduated from Naples High School. He began his photography career as a yearbook photographer at Naples High. He later became a staff photographer at The Naples Star, a local newspaper where he covered society events and shot advertisements. He then went to art school at the University of Florida in Gainesville and the San Francisco Art Institute in Northern California. After art school, he initially worked as a passport and freelance photographer, before embarking on a brief career in finance – while still pursuing photography on the side. Due to health issues, he returned home to Naples in 2002, where he produced a significant volume of digital color photos, as well as occasional collages and black & white photos, as a full-time photographer. He died on September 26, 2017 as a result of chronic kidney and heart disease.

“Jonathan Kane Retrospective: 1957-2017” will open during Art Walk September 7th. Art Walk operates every first Friday of the month from 6pm – 10pm. See the art exhibit during September 7th-September 28th. Gallery hours 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday.  Call 239-333-1933 or visit for more information.

Profits from the sales of his work during the show will go to benefit the National Kidney Foundation (



September 7 at 6:00 pm
September 28 at 5:00 pm
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Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901 United States
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All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets except for cancelled events that are not rescheduled. SBDAC does not offer refunds on purchased ticket. In rare circumstances when a performance may be cancelled (due to extreme weather, artist absence, or other unavoidable situations) we offer refunds or replacement tickets for another performance.

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