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Gardens Summer Survivors

Plumbago (Leadwort).

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy Summer is here and it came quickly! One of the most frequently asked questions I get is what will grow and flower here in Naples and South Florida during the summer months? Summer in Florida is one of the most trying times, not just for us human beings who are bombarded with constant panic weather forecasts about fires turning the State of Florida into a large charcoal briquette, and upcoming storms which are going to sweep our children and pets into another world, but for our flowers and shrubs as well. It’s a wonder we go ... Read More »

Great Southern Whites

Zebra longwing, Florida state butterfly.

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy No, this is not another article on sharks on the west coast of Florida, which seems to have dominated the news since the summer started. Funny, “Jaws” was one of my favorite movies. Anyway, it’s about a couple of South Florida’s beautiful butterflies. Well this is another great year butterfly gardening in South Florida. It seems every year has a new surprise. This year the white butterflies in South Florida are more abundant then I have seen. Actually, I have seen more great southern whites, Florida whites and cabbage whites this year then I have seen ... Read More »

Butterfly Gardening in Florida


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy We are lucky here in South Florida. Our butterfly population flourishes during the summer months due to our hot, tropical weather. And because it stays relatively warm, even during the winter months, we have a healthy year-round butterfly population. There are, however, a few butterflies that still migrate during the winter season. The Monarch is one of them. This is the first article in a six-part series featuring the butterflies of Florida. I’m going to begin with the Monarch, of course, which is probably the most recognized butterfly in the world. Monarchs, Queens and Soldiers are members ... Read More »

Art at Marco Island Public Library

Alley Gator by Karen Swanker. SUBMITTED photo

Submitted The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. The month of May will feature the work of Marco Island artist Karen Swanker. Inspired by the impressionists, Karen’s water lily paintings evoke a peaceful and quiet calm. By using a glazing technique with transparent washes, the water has both depth and reflective qualities. The lily pads appear to float serenely atop the water, with lotus flowers in various stages of bloom breaking the surface. Colors range from liquid blues ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts April Exhibits

Sternman by Tara O’Neill.

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts is exhibiting “Work” themed art. “Work It 24/7” displayed in the main gallery, reflects people working on Marco Island and has been judged by Jack O’Brien from the Naples Art Association. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Marco Island Historical Museum display of the nationally touring Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” which examines the creativity and strength of the American workforce. “The Way We Worked” exhibit is on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum until May 16, 2015 but the Center’s art exhibit is only on display through ... Read More »

“History Comes to Life” The Collage Art of John M. Williams

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present History Comes to Life, The Collage Art of John M. Williams on display April 1, 2015 through May 30, 2015 . The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, open to the public at no cost and will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm. Williams, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, brings history to life through his intriguing cut paper collage portraits of important figures in U.S. and world history. He illuminates their lives, emotions and the background elements ... Read More »

Naomi’s Up to Her Ears in Kittens!


For the Love of Cats Naomi & Karina Paape Dear Fellow Felines: I’m up to my tortie ears in kittens! I’m talking lots and lots of kittens! Just the other day I was making my morning rounds – taking inventory if you will, and thought surely my eyes were deceiving me; so much so that I had to dig out my calculator. The numbers weren’t lying. Sometime in the early hours of a placid March morning, nine kittens appeared as if out of thin air. We – For the Love of Cats, Marco Island’s no-kill cat shelter – had recently ... Read More »

35th Annual Shell Show


By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 35th Annual Shell Show is presented by the Marco Island Shell Club. There will be dozens of magnificent juried scientific and artistic exhibits. One can find beautiful shell art pieces, see unique specimen shells and A LIVE shell tank will be on display. The show will be held March 12-14, 10AM to 4PM at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 N. Barfield Drive. A $2 donation is requested. All proceeds of the show will go to support the Marco Island Shell Club’s scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded in conservation and education in line ... Read More »

The Art of Forgiveness


Artful Life Tara O’Neill I have an artist friend, Sally, who not only is a very supportive friend, but also is one of the most grounded people I know; sure of who she is and confident in her art. During a recent conversation she assured me she had not always been this way. “Let me show you something I keep around as sort of a touchstone.” She bounced out of the room and returned with a self-portrait as a young girl in pencil. It was a life-sized head shot and was really good…if it hadn’t been torn in places and ... Read More »

Eagles Draw Art Patrons

Twenty artists were selected and every piece was available for sale to support the goals of the Foundation.

By Steve Gimmestad The streets of Marco Island were a little less crowded on Tuesday, February 10, and now we know why. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held its regular “Second Tuesday Reception” by hosting the opening of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation’s exhibit “Bald Eagle and Wildlife Art”. This was the highest attendance of all “Second Tuesday Receptions” at the Center and the exhibit was filled wall-to-wall with supporters of this worthy cause. Patrons lined up out the door to experience artist’s work of Bald Eagles and other protected wildlife to support the foundation’s efforts. “We ... Read More »

Bigger, Better, Bad Breezy

photos by val simon

By Val Simon They say babies are beautiful so your mind forgets the negative aspects of having them. That is true not only in the human world, but with animals as well! Breezy is the perfect example, he was the cutest puppy in the world, so when he did something bad, he would look up at you and melt your heart. Who could be upset with that cuteness? Breezy has been growing by leaps and bounds. A neighbor exclaimed, “My gosh, he grows a foot every day!” Hard to imagine, but the little puppy quickly grew bigger. And bigger. ... Read More »

Now at the Marco Island Historical Museum

Pirates say, ‘Arrrrrrrrrrr!’ SUBMITTED photoS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff History buffs are never at a loss when it comes to things to do and programs to see at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) and Rose History Auditorium. After his highly successful Jan. 13 program with John Ruthven, renowned wildlife artist and conservationist John Agnew has generously allowed his work to remain on display at MIHM until mid-February. Agnew’s career began in natural history museums and zoos where he designed amazing exhibits, produced illustrations, and painted murals and dioramas in the US and as far away as Moscow. His paintings now hang in collections ... Read More »

Art at the Marco Island Public Library

The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Library branch on Heathwood Drive on Marco Island. The months of January and February 2015 will feature the works Isle of Capri artist Donald Sunshine. Donald Sunshine FAIA, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Virginia Tech, is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, past president of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Arizona. In addition to the many buildings he has designed, ... Read More »

Seashells by the Seashore

Her doggies.Photos By Melinda Gray

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray Someone asked me recently what I love about the beach. It was then I realized why I’ve always gravitated to the nearest body of water. The Great Lakes stay cool, even in the dead of summer; the Atlantic Ocean’s waves make me feel like a little kid, no matter my age; the Gulf of Mexico is warm and clear, reminding me of the Caribbean Sea, the most beautiful body of water I’ve ever seen. Despite their differences, every shore I’ve walked along has made me feel like I’m at standing at the earth’s end. At night, ... Read More »

Reaching New Heights

After becoming familiar with the hammocks and treating our bodies to some
deep stretching, the fun began as we slowly started the inversions.

By Melinda Gray As a child, I lived at the playground; the monkey bars were my favorite hangout. I would spend hours hanging upside down, flipping and contorting my body in and out of the crisscrossed metal structures. As I’ve gotten older, gravity and other unfortunate factors of aging have put a stop to my body’s ability to do what it once could, but my mind is always yearning for that freedom I felt as a child, leaving the ground and tumbling around in the air. So when I heard about a new class called Aerial Yoga, I was ... Read More »


~Art classes tailored for participants at all ability levels~ Back by popular demand for the third season, Rookery Bay Reserve offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to learn from master artist, author and instructor Lee Hammond, whose classes cover a variety of modes and styles with a focus on animals and landscapes. Hammond is a police composite artist, holds licenses to paint pictures of NASCAR drivers and has published more than 30 art instruction books that have sold more than 1 million copies. With a home base in the Midwest all summer and fall, Hammond has established her winter teaching home ... Read More »

The Accidental Speaker


Artful Life Tara O’Neill I am an artist. I am not a public speaker. I can talk about my art to any group, but beyond that I’d rather chew glass. I am actively involved in several cultural non-profit organizations. I am not an organizer. If you’re wondering about my organizational skills just ask my husband. (Hint: He does the bookkeeping in our home, and for good reason.) So, how is it I recently found myself standing at a podium with about 70 or so Goodland residents seated in neat rows before me and three highly-respected Collier County representatives on ... Read More »


Artist’s Bio Gail Risner was born in South Dakota about an hour south of Mt Rushmore and has subsequently lived in Bardstown KY, Indianapolis, IN, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and for the last 10 years in Naples, FL. She attended San Jose State University and graduated with a BFA in Drawing from Northern Illinois University. Gail’s interest in art began in grade school when she began painting portraits of her classmates and other imaginary characters. The vibrant and colorful art scene in California was an important artistic influence and encouraged her love of color and expressive brushwork. While living ... Read More »

Fall Color in the Florida Landscape

Alata cassia Candlelabra Cassia

PLANTTALK Mike Malloy Summer heat is beginning to subside. and we actually have temperatures in the mornings in the 50s and 60s. The first thing to do is open all the windows and doors. The next step is to start enjoying all the cassias, or sennas, that begin to bloom this time of the year. Cassias are generally known for their fast growth. Let me get this over with now before we all get confused: Cassias and sennas are the same group of plants, but some people with too much time on their hands decided to change the name ... Read More »

OBIT: Corinne Josephine (Wood) Landers

Corinne Josephine (Wood) Landers, 88, died peacefully Nov.18, 2014. She was born in Lowell, MA, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1925 to Josephine and Matthew Wood. Married Feb. 24, 1944 to Lawrence A. Landers, the couple lived in Dedham and West Roxbury, Mass. before relocating to Nashua and later to Hollis, N.H. The family built a summer home on Cape Cod and also enjoyed many summers on Bear Island, Lake Winnepasauki, N.H. During World War II, she worked in the Boston shipyard while her husband was serving aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell in the Pacific. She was a ... Read More »