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COLLIER COUNTY MUSEUMS CELEBRATES THE LIFE AND ART OF ROB STORTER

The Marco Island Historical Museum presents Rob Storter’s “Artwork of the Everglades”, an illustrated guide to the Everglades history.  The exhibit runs from Sept. 2, to Oct. 31, 2014 and will include an opening reception onTuesday, Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m., hosted by the Marco Island Historical Society.  Light refreshments will be served and admission is offered at no cost.

The Museum of the Everglades will also honor Storter with the exhibit, “History of Fishing in the Glades through the Eyes of Rob Storter”.  The display will take place through September and include a reception on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Museum of the Everglades.

Robert Lee Storter was born Sept. 30, 1894 in Everglades City, Florida.  He lived an abundant 92 years of life as a guide, fisherman, poet and artist who chronicled what it was like in the “earlier” days of Collier County.  Storter’s exhibit “Artwork of the Everglades” transports viewers to his remote, half-wild frontier of Southwest Florida in the early part of the twentieth century. This illustrated journey features great swamps, estuaries, and the fantastic array of plants and animal life of a time gone by. Rob‘s grasp of the Everglades is demonstrated through his work, as it looks back over a life closely linked to the water; recording how mechanized methods have obscured the more simple approach of fishing.

The exhibits also tell the story of family and community triumphs and its setbacks. Rob Storter knew the Everglades before commercial fishing, real estate development, drainage projects, and tourism changed the region forever. His illustrations offer a glimpse into the wonders of the Everglades during his time and the mixed benefits of progress and the responsibilities of stewardship.

For more information about the exhibits, please contact the museum at (239) 642-1440 or visit www.colliermuseums.com.  Museum opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is complimentary to visitors.

About Collier County Museums: More than 10,000 years of Southwest Florida history is on display at Collier County Museums’ five locations – the main museum in Naples, Everglades City, Immokalee, the Naples Depot Museum in downtown Naples, and Marco Island Historical Museum. The main location is located just five minutes east of downtown Naples at 3331 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. The Museum’s five-acre site includes a native plant garden, two early Naples cottages, a logging locomotive, swamp buggy and a WWII Sherman tank. The main facility is open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 5 pm.  Admission is free and the site is handicapped accessible. For more information, visit www.colliermuseums.com or call (239) 252-8476.


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