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South Florida: A Villager’s View

South Florida: A Villager’s View

The Marco Island Historical Museum is thrilled to host South Florida: A Villager’s View, oil paintings from Tara O’Neill on display from April 3, 2013 to June 27, 2013.

The opening wine and cheese reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday April 4, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Marco Island Historical Museum. Live entertainment provided by J-Robert.

C21_smThe tiny island of Goodland, Florida, has been a special source of inspiration for local award-winning oil-painter Tara O’Neill for many years. Born the ninth of ten robust children to an Irish immigrant father and grammatically fussy mother, art gave Tara a private deliverance from chaos, and a voice to be heard over bedlam. The tropical palette of her childhood continues to significantly affect Tara’s work. South Florida: A Villager’s View relates her most intimate views, current and historic, of a working fishing village afloat with brilliant flora and a range of feathered-fauna; where old-growth trees dwarf candy-colored cottages, where docks serve as driveways, and the backyard is the 10,000 Islands.

Located on historic Marco Island, just sixteen miles South of Naples, the new Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life through its displays. Temporary and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s.

For more information about the Marco Island Historical Museum’s South Florida: A Villager’s View by Tara O’Neill, please contact the museum at 239-642-1440 or visit www.colliermuseums.com.

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