The third annual "Paint the Beach...Sandcastles to Shrimpboats" will be bringing artists from all over the country and as far away as Equador to Fort Myers Beach. They will check in Monday evening (Nov. 5) and meet each other at South Beach Grill. Then they will paint for the next three days at locations of their choosing around town. If the artists want to capture the image of your business or home, please welcome them and enjoy the experience. They may even ask you to pose while they paint!
Sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Santini Marina Plaza and Fish-Tale Marina, the festival is highlighted by the Gala Collectors Preview Party on Nov. 9, where the framed artwork is displayed for show and sale. The ticketed event from 6 to 9 p.m. is a lively showcase of talent enhanced by hors d'oeuvres from the Santini Plaza restaurants and music by the Cypress Lake String Quartet. A live auction will be held for a half-day fishing trip donated by Capt. Phil Pica, a trip to Key West on the Key West Express and a two-night stay at the Comfort Inn donated by each, and a tapas party for 40 donated by Skye's Restaurant. Prizes will be awarded to the artists after being judged by Kevin Dean from Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art and Design. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the Fish-Tale Marina office, Fort Myers Beach Art Association or online at fortmyersbeachart.com. Everyone is welcome!
The Beach Elementary School will again display work created by the school children in the festival tent. Principal Larry Wood and art teacher Holly Nichols have worked with the FMBAA outdoor painters to learn about "plein air" or outdoor painting. The fifth graders worked with the artists outside to paint their own scene. Be sure to see what these budding artists of the future created when you visit the festival tent.
Times Square will be the subject for artists participating in the Quick Draw event on Saturday morning, just two hours to complete a painting. They will be there from 9 to 11 painting then will take the finished work to the festival tent in Santini Marina Plaza to be judged at noon. The North Fort Myers Academy Steel Drum Band will play at 1 p.m. The festival tent will be open for view and sales from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Imagination Station will be set up from 1 to 4 p.m. for children to produce their own artwork. Artists will be demonstrating outside the tent. At 6 p.m. the tent becomes a Jazz Cafe with singer Jo List performing accompanied by a pianist. Food and beverages will be available through Skye's.
The FMBAA will be selling raffle tickets throughout this event for paintings donated by Randon Eddy, Mary Klunk, Pauline Healey, and Mary Chaikowsky. Proceeds from these sales benefit the art association directly. Paintings are on display at the working gallery at Donora and Shell Mound boulevards and can be seen during gallery hours. On Sunday, the tent will be open from 10-2 p.m., and the festival concludes with the raffle drawing. Artists will remove their work at that time.
The gallery is will be open during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 3 on Sunday. For more information check website www.fortmyersbeachart.com or call 463-3909.