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.