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Florida’s Swallowtail Butterflies

Underside of Giant Swallowtail

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] My “Butterfly Gardening in Florida” series rolls on with this third installment in which I will focus on swallowtail butterflies. Florida is home to 10 swallowtail butterflies — more than any other state. They are very easy to identify due to their strikingly large size and their ability to glide long distances between wing flaps. Much larger than other Florida butterflies, most swallowtails have distinctive tails on their hind wings. I remember the first time I saw one. Actually, there were two, and they were mating. I’ll never forget it! I still thoroughly enjoy watching ... Read More »

Butterfly Gardening in Florida

Monarch butterflies. photoS BY MIKE MALLOY

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] It’s summer in Florida. It’s hot, and the butterflies are in full swing. Florida has a year-round butterfly season because of the usually warm weather, much to the delight of all those crazed butterfly enthusiasts living here in Southwest Florida. Some migrate in the winter like Sulfurs (yellow butterflies) and monarchs, but many stay here and flourish. I am going to write a six-part series on the butterflies of Florida. Starting with the Monarchs — probably the most recognized butterfly in the country. Monarchs, Queens and Soldiers, all are in the Danas genius, and their ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part III

Painting of Cushing inside the Silver Spray painted by Wells Sawyer

By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council, but council has yet to set a date to review and consider the proposal. An initiative of the MIHS, the proposal will help mark the 50th anniversary of modern Marco, which begins January 2015. Society members believe it is a good time to ... Read More »

To Thine Own Self…

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] I recently overheard a conversation between two professional photographers. One emerging; the other well-seasoned — both artistic. The seasoned artist is fabulously known for a certain genre of photographs, with a few variants, and is quite successful. The emerging artist utilizes a wide-range of subjects. “I admire your dedication to your subject,” says our emerging artist. “Don’t worry,” says the seasoned artist, “you’ll find your niche.” “I hope not!” says the emerging artist. And I said, “Bravo!” I was witnessing, and admiring, a sense of adventure in the emerging artist that was too strong to ... Read More »

From Sea to Shining Sea

The audience watched as the first strokes of color were placed in the piece, promising what looks to become a vibrant finished product.

By Melinda Gray [email protected] The first time I had the pleasure of meeting local artist, Malenda Trick, was nearly two months ago. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) had chosen to honor her as their first annual artist of the year. I noticed right away how open, friendly and down-to-earth she was. She instantly put me at ease, a treat I see far less often than one would think. After accepting her award, she spoke of her two previous Veterans Day projects in which she painted 35 individual portraits of veterans in Southwest Florida and then in Sarasota. ... Read More »

The Story of the Story of Belle

Lady Elizabeth Murray and Dido Elizabeth Belle. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ARTFUL LIFE  Tara O’Neill  [email protected] I haven’t seen the movie “Belle,” but I can tell you it is a testament to the power of art. It’s a period film rich with elegant costumes and lavish sets embodying the true story of a mixed-race daughter of a British admiral who became an unwitting force of change in 18th century societal mores and instigated the end of slavery in the British Empire. A fascinating story — tremendous, really — but for me the more interesting tale is how the story came to be told, and the movie made. So here it is: A ... Read More »

‘Experience Nature’ with Tyler MacDonald

Tyler only uses two cameras. This camera for outdoor shots and another for underwater shots.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Experience Nature” a photographic exhibit from Tyler MacDonald, which runs July 1-Aug. 30. Marco’s own MacDonald will be exhibiting some of his latest photography at. At just 18 years old, MacDonald has already won numerous awards and national recognition for his work including second-place in the National Wildlife Federation’s annual photo contest. His passion for wildlife photography is evident in each and every photograph. Taking risks and spending hours waiting to capture the perfect image, MacDonald has encountered many venomous snakes, sat in trees and been suspended above water to ... Read More »

UCMI EMPLOYES NEW DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

LuWayne Arnold of Marco Island has been hired as Director of Music at United Church, 320 N. Barfield Drive.  As such she will be responsible for directing the choir and providing music for weekly worship services, as well as expanding the church’s music program .  Recently Mrs. Arnold has been serving the congregation as interim organist while the church’s Music Committee interviewed candidates for the permanent position.  “When I accepted the interim position I had no intention of going back to work, but I found I was having so much fun I decided to apply for the permanent position,” said ... Read More »

The Eagle Has Landed

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Submitted The eagle has landed and can be found at its temporary perch outside the city of Marco Island’s Community Room, located at 51 Bald Eagle Drive, behind City Hall. Standing 9-feet tall, the majestic 800-pound statue of an American Bald Eagle stands sentry there awaiting a move to its eventual home atop the Freedom Fountain that will grace the Veterans’ Memorial at Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park. The Freedom Fountain will be built at the Memorial’s entrance, joining the Flag Plaza where the American, Marco Island, state of Florida and POW/MIA flags proudly wave above an inscribed brick-paver plaza. ... Read More »

Harmony, Discord and Composition

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] Passion vs. serenity; active vs. static; harmony vs. discord. These aren’t just the building blocks of artful compositions, but of all human relationships. What we seek is balance – and it’s not one-size-fits-all – it’s personal. In color theory, the juxtaposition of color-wheel opposites – oddly called compliments – creates a super-charged vibrancy (just put a dot of purple paint in the middle of a yellow sun and watch for a solar explosion). Color-wheel neighbors, however, create a calmer, more soothing composition. Elsewhere in visual arts, a horizontal line is perceived as static, a vertical ... Read More »

On the Shady Side

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] When most of the flowering plants and shrubs are struggling to thrive in the hot summer sun and waiting for the “cooling” afternoon showers, there is a group of plants that might be a little bit smarter. They thrive in the shade. Not only are these shade plants doing just fine, they are blooming. In Florida, shade takes on a different meaning than the shade “up north.” I don’t think we have the same deep shade areas in Florida as they do up north because the sun is so intense here. It’s lower in the ... Read More »

Honoring artists, scholars

MIFA scholarship awardees (l-r) Christopher Niemczyk, Richard Stein, Theodore Schimek and Tyler MacDonald. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray [email protected] The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) held a special Scholarship Awards Luncheon for Marco Island students on Saturday, May 24. Scholarships were presented to local students pursuing college studies in the arts: Christopher Niemczyk, Theodore Schimek, Richard Stein and Tyler MacDonald. Niemczyk, who is studying accounting and music, played his guitar as luncheon attendees arrived. His mother, Donna, expressed her gratitude to MIFA, “We appreciate everything you guys do for the kids on Marco Island. It means so much to them that they’ve got your support and you’re watching out for them. When they ... Read More »

Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress

Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Throughout 2014 we’ll be showcasing stunning works of art from a number of Artists-In-Residence who were inspired by the beauty of America’s first national preserve. The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East and the Oasis Visitor Center is at 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. Both centers are open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits include, from May through July, “Voices of Big Cypress” a collection of captivating art from a variety of former ... Read More »

Mosquito Repellent Plants

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] With the snow birds leaving, the temperatures rising and the rains on the way, it is a sure sign summer is fast approaching. This all means the year-round residents of South Florida begin to retake paradise. To help us enjoy the outdoors more, we can plant certain plants that help repel mosquitos from our outdoor living spaces. Most insect–repelling plants do so with their natural fragrances that come from the oils in the leaves and flowers. Be sure to plant them in containers on patios or by the front and back door. The plants I ... Read More »

Sunset and Sand

PHOTOS BY Jessica Simon

By Val Simon [email protected] My oldest daughter and I went for a relaxing walk on the beach one evening (actually, I walk; she runs). We typically meet back up somewhere in the middle. As we met, I noticed a few sand castles behind me. We decided to take a closer look, and are so happy we did. We found some amazing sand sculptures. Not only were they ornate and complex, but some were built to align with the sun, and we had perfect timing! After admiring a few of the structures, we found the artist, Tom Taylor, sitting nearby enjoying ... Read More »

Mussaendas in Bloom

Mussaenda 'Queen Sirikit'

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] Sightings of the Tropical Mussaendas are becoming more frequent in South Florida gardens. Making them colorful standouts amongst the mainly green Florida landscapes. There are over 150 varieties with only a handful seen here in South Florida landscapes. They are native Africa to Asia and are members of the coffee family (Rubiaceae). This plant also is commonly known as Tropical Dogwood. The names of the different Mussaendas were derived from the names of the First Ladies of Philippine Presidents. Mussaendas are attractive shrubs that can reach the height of 12-15 feet, but can easily keep ... Read More »

Our Enchanted Hours

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] Nearly every day during season, about 4 p.m., our home falls under a spell of enchantment. Music begins to whisper through our thick, backyard foliage from somewhere within the two-story condos that run behind our residential street. When the first tentative strains reach my ears I rise from my desk or easel, as though lightly hypnotized, and make my way to the back lanai… likewise does my husband, from whatever part of the house that was occupying him, with two glasses of wine in hand. We sit by the pool. We listen. It’s live music ... Read More »

Copperleaf: A Rainbow of Colors in the Garden

Copperleaf plants vary in color from pink, red, green and white…

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] Native to Fiji in the South Pacific, the Acalypha — better known as Copperleaf — group of plants has the most colorful foliage I’ve ever seen. They can turn your garden into a spectacular, unending kaleidoscope of color. Under perfect conditions, they will grow to 10 feet and just as wide, but they can be kept to any desired height with just a little trimming. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, mostly hidden by the colorful foliage. Copperleaf comes in a large variety of leaf shapes, ranging from large and oblong to round and fringed to ... Read More »

Summit House Ladies are All Aboard

The ladies of the Summit House Condominium  recently enjoyed a day at The Naples Depot. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Ladies of the Summit House Condominium on Marco Island explored their third Collier County museum this season. This time, they experienced The Naples Depot as well as the train display on the grounds of the Depot. The Depot came alive for these ladies with a private tour given by a knowledgeable guide, Jon Knickerson, who not only introduced the history of the Naples’ train era through its artifacts but made sure they experienced the sound of the approaching train. The museum provides the opportunity to board several train cars, including the vintage Smoking/Cocktail Car with its retro colors ... Read More »

Gender and the Performing Arts

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill [email protected] Everytime I sit down to write about gender in relationship to the arts, I get so bogged down in the enormity of the topic that I eventually give up altogether. But the subject means a great deal to me, so perhaps if I can succeed in addressing only specific aspects one column at a time (avoiding the massive manifesto), I can finally share some insights and observations. On Jan. 26 of this year, I watched the Grammy awards on TV. Very hip of me, I thought, since I’m usually in bed by 9 PM. The ... Read More »