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Paint the Beach

11/05/2012 at 10:47pm

Paint The Beach 2012Paint the Beach Draws
Dozens of Artists!!!!

The third annual "Paint the Beach...Sandcastles to Shrimpboats" is bringing artists from all over the country and as far away as Equador to the beautiful town of Fort Myers Beach, Fl. They checked in Monday afternoonand met each other at South Beach Grill. The competition begins Tuesday morning and they will be busily painting for the next three days. After framing the work, the pieces are brought to the festival tent forjudging and hanging on Friday.

The festival, sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Santini Marina Plaza and Fish-Tale Marina, is highlighted by the Gala Collectors Preview Party on November 9 where the framed artwork is displayed for show and sale. The ticketed event from 6-9pm is a lively showcase of talent enhanced by hor's d'ourvres from the Santini Plaza restaurants and music by the Cypress Lake String Quartet. A live auctionwill be held fora variety of prizes donated by local merchants. 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 on line at They are $20 in advance or $25. at the door.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 whatthese 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 2 hours to complete a painting. They will be painting from 9-11am then will take their 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 pm. The festival tent will be open for viewing and sales from 11am-9 pm and the Imagination Station will be set up from 1-4 pm for children to produce their own artwork. Artists will be demonstrating outside the tent from 2-4pm. At 6 pm 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 gallery at Donora and Shellmound and can be seen during gallery hours.

On Sunday the tent will be open from 10am-2pm and the festival concludes with the raffle drawing.

TheFMBAA working gallery on Donora and Shellmound, Fort Myers Beach, will be open during the hours of 10am-3pm MO-SA and noon-3 on SU. For more information please call the gallery at 239.463.3909 or see

-Information provided by FMBAA.