Cross the Pine island Bridge from the mainland into Matlacha and begin a journey into a special part of Florida. In the historic fishing community of Matlacha and further west to Pine Island, you feel the daily pressures slip away. Surrounded by water, birds and tropical plants, you sense the old Florida atmosphere that makes this area unique.
The island artists are as varied in their media as in their levels of experience. More than 200 artists enjoy membership in the Pine Island Art Association. Many are professionals with their own following and gallery representations. Others have had to wait until retirement to enjoy the delight of creating beauty. Still others are young people enriching their busy lives with the art experience. The Association started over 20 years ago when a small group of people wanted the company of other artists while they painted. Until recently, the Association rented space at the Matlacha Civic Center one morning a week. The County agreed to lease the old Matlacha Fire Station in Matlacha Park. With help and donations from many merchants and individuals, we now have a beautiful building and an excellent staff who teach classes 5 days a week, January through April, and 2 days a week during the summer. Short term workshops by well-known artists complete the offerings.
2013 FINE ART SHOW AND SALE
This year the Pine Island Art Association's 41st Annual Art Show and Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event will draw the largest crowds of the season to Matlacha. This is where pelicans and great blue herons circle above moored fishing boats, brightly painted galleries, and fresh fish markets.
The show is located in the Community Building in Matlacha Park, 4577 Pine Island Road, just west of the Pine Island bridge. It will feature the works of more than 100 artists, and will include more than 500 paintings in acrylic, oil, pastel, pen and ink, and watercolor, with an emphasis on Florida landscapes, seascapes, birds, fish and flowers. All are ready to hang in your home.
Art lovers can choose from the large selection of original mini paintings, 3-1/2" x 4-1/2", all double matted. Carefully painted by Association members, they are attractive when displayed alone or in a group. Minis may be purchased for just $10.00 each. Frame kits designed to fit the minis will be available for $10.00 each. Framed, or just matted, they make wonderful gifts or treasures for your own home.
Be sure to visit the PIAA show first, then tour the local galleries and restaurants and be delighted by the local color. Pine Island and Matlacha are remnants of a time gone by. It is a place comfortable in the past. It remembers the sounds and customs of a Florida drifting away ... a Florida that holds many charms and fascinations.
www.pineislandart.com, or 239-283-4432.
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Location: Matlacha Community Park – 239-283-4432
4577 Pine Island Road, Matlacha
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12, St. James City, FL 33956
Member: Arts Council of SW Florida
Partner: Alliance for the Arts
Lee County Arts Coalition,
Pine Island Chamber of Commerce