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French Rhapsody

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”  ~ Mason Cooley It has been a long while since I laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. “French Rhapsody” is the title that had my endorphins dancing a jig. A middle-aged married Parisian doctor who has been disillusioned about his profession and personal life for some time receives a letter that has been delayed by the postal service for 33 years. The letter was found along with three other pieces of mail during remodeling; when shelves were dismantled, four ... Read More »

Everything We Keep

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this book. Aimee is a 29-year-old woman who has to attend the funeral and burial of her childhood sweetheart and fiancée James Donato on what should have been their wedding day. We are introduced to her while she is sobbing her ... Read More »

Making Magic with Sand, Canvas and Paints

by Don Manley
John and Laura Cimador Gowdy and sand sculpture of a griffin they created recently at the Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa.

By Don Manley John Gowdy is used to eliciting oohs and ahhhs from observers of his handiwork. It’s something that occurs with regularity at the Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf Club and Spa where he’s been crafting the eye-catching sand sculptures prominently displayed by the lobby stairs since 2005. Known as the “Man of Sand,” Gowdy is a retired Atlantic City fireman who has travelled the world competing in sand sculpting contests, winning numerous championships over the last decade. “I’d like to carve on the moon someday,” quipped the New Jersey-based Gowdy. “I hear they’ve got some good sand up ... Read More »

Barbara’s Wearable Art – A Canvas of Island Life

Photos by Joseph Parisi

By Maria Lamb The photographs of Marco Island’s wildlife photographer and artist, Joe Parisi reflect Southwest Florida’s wildlife and iconic places. He has exhibited his artwork extensively at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, as well as local art fairs. Joe’s most popular photographs are a collection of Marco Island sceneries and wildlife. People form connections to the island’s special places, and an art purchase serves as a remembrance of their Marco Island experience. Whether small or large, Joe’s photographs capture Marco Island’s unique ecological diversity. Barbara Parisi, Joe’s wife, is also a very talented artist, using her hands ... Read More »

Let’s Grow Disco Night

Kristina Lambros is part of ConnectivityME and a realtor with Keller Williams.

By Samantha Husted On July 1st the Marco Island Center for the Arts and ConnectivityME presented, “Let’s Grow Disco Night.” Participants for the event were encouraged to whip out their old bell-bottom jeans, sequenced tops and chunky heels for a night of dancing and fun. Entertainment for the disco party was provided by Ken Hodsdon and Rex De Jaager of Sun DJ’s. The event was well attended proving once and for all that disco, despite popular belief, is not dead. The disco dance party was part of the Art Center’s “Let’s Grow Series,” which acts as a means of promoting ... Read More »

Bully Book Read by Burton

“Bully Billy is Back” Submitted Photo

Submitted  Hot off the press, Dr. Dolores Burton read her new book, “Bully Billy is Back: Burrowing Owls are Worried,” at the Marco Island Public Library recently. The audience of young children with their parents listened attentively to the new story. Jo-Ann Sanborn, a local artist, illustrated the new book. The book is a delightful story of Manny, a diminutive burrowing owl, who has difficulty learning new things, and Bully Billy, a great horned owl. While bullying Manny, Bully Billy is injured and Manny saves the day by flying to his assistance. Bully Billy is saved and the experience changed ... Read More »

Art at the Marco Library

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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 on Heathwood Drive. The months of June, July and August will feature the photographs of Marco Island artist Joseph Parisi. For more than 30 years, Joe has been a practicing veterinarian, which has fostered a passion for photographing Southwestern Florida’s unique wildlife. His other interests include scuba diving and travel, which are reflected in original underwater photography, street portraiture and landscape. He incorporates both color and black and white in his prints. He has ... Read More »

O’Neill-Freeman Art Exhibit a Hit

Jim was photographing mangroves at sunset, when he saw this summer storm developing and quickly set up for it. Jim makes forays with his sloop, living aboard, when he photographs the Ten Thousand Islands.

By Barry Gwinn This year, Tara O’Neill teamed up with Jim Freeman for her “13th Annual End O’Season Art Extravaganza” on April 16-17. Tara’s paintings and Jim’s photographs were displayed and offered for sale in the Little Bar’s Papa Ray Room. The Little Bar has hosted the event for all 13 years. Tara did this event solo for 11 years, but for the last two years has featured a guest artist. Celeste Navara, photographer, and Judy Wittwer, shell artist, appeared previously. “The reception was a great success,” Tara said, “Maybe the best ever.” As Tara and Jim talked with guests ... Read More »

Waves on Marco

By Coastal Breeze News Staff People are buzzing about “Marco Island and the Everglades,” a new book filled with vibrant photographs that will make you fall in love with Marco Island all over again. Photographer Joey Waves is the artist behind the lens. Joey, born Joseph E. Weiner, grew up in Miami, Florida. From early on it was clear that this rebellious youth was bursting with raw talent. He started his artistic life as a spray can graffiti artist. His skills became known, and soon he was being asked by teachers to paint large-scale murals on the walls of his ... Read More »

In the Kitchen With Stan Saran

Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com Stan Saran has been a Marco Island resident for a longtime. You may have heard of him. He lives in his own art gallery in what is perhaps the most colorful, bright blue building on the island. He is an artist, through and through. But unlike the average artist his mediums are limitless, his creativity inventive, and his style unbound. Coastal Breeze News met up with Stan so we could talk art and chocolate, which to him are interchangeable. He shared with us his recipe for spicy bacon chocolate cups. Entering Stan’s home is like going ... Read More »

Happenings at the Marco Island Center for the Arts

“City Dusk” by Oscar Glottman

Submitted Glottman Photography Exhibit The Marco Island Center for the Arts February gallery features the photography of Oscar Glottman. The exhibition is open through February 23, 2016 and the art will be available for purchase. Glottman is both an artist and architect. He has been experimenting with visual art and photography as a second career, running parallel to his architecture practice. Glottman’s photography is not the usual pictures of the world we live in. It is a mixture of form and color approaching the abstract. Glottman describes his work as “fragmentation and the capture of the DNA of time and ... Read More »

Wine Wednesdays at Marco Island Florist & Gifts

Laura Duncan was in charge of the wine table, conveniently situated right in front.

By Samantha Husted sam@coastalbreezenews.com On the last Wednesday of each month, from 3-5 PM, Marco Island Florist and Gifts, located at 178 S. Barfield Drive, hosts its popular Wine Wednesday event. All are welcome for an evening of complementary food pairing, music, conversation, and of course, wine. On Wednesday, January 27th, guitarist Bob Kibbler set the tone for the evening with his country and folk melodies. Executive Chef Mike Duncan, of Goodland’s Marker 8.5, provided the food for the event, while his wife Laura provided the wine. The featured artist this month was photographer Frank Steiger. Frank showcased a beautiful ... Read More »

Sunshine’s Isles of Capri… A Place In Time on Display

SUBMITTED PHOTOS. Watercolors by Donald Sunshine will be on display at the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to host “Isles of Capri…A Place in Time,” a collection of watercolors by artist Donald Sunshine. This collection of art celebrates the history and community of the Isles of Capri and will be on display from February 13 – April 26, 2016. Sunshine is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He has collaborated with local historian Betsy Perdichizzi to narrate the charming story of the Isles of Capri and its development. The Isles of Capri’s lush beauty captures the feeling of an old Florida fishing village, while possessing all the conveniences of ... Read More »

Emerald Beach Celebrates 50 Years

The complex celebrates a golden anniversary this year.

Submitted Emerald Beach Condominium, Marco Island’s first residence, will celebrate its golden anniversary on Sunday, January 17th from 1- 4 PM. Emerald Beach entrenched in Marco Island history, developed by Florida’s Mackle brothers of the Deltona Corporation, who blended the island’s great natural beauty into a master plan for tropical living. Completed in May of 1966, this first condominium on the island was virtually sold out within a year. The seven-story condominium is located at 500 Saturn Court. Six of the eight apartments on each floor have an ocean view. When the Mackle brothers completed Emerald Beach, the island’s first ... Read More »

DAR Honors Veterans, Local Artist

“From Sea to Shining Sea” by Malenda Trick’s depicts all U.S. war efforts, including fighter jets in Afghanistan.

By Chris Curle Art depicting patriotism was the centerpiece of the November 19th meeting of the Marco chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Hideaway Beach Club. Local artist, Malenda Trick, described the inspiration for her 18-foot long “From Sea to Shining Sea” patriotic mural. One side represents America at war. The other side depicts Florida’s war efforts. “I’ve tried to include all the forces in all our wars, including the home forces, men and women, civilians,” she said. “I didn’t want to leave anyone out.” “People have brought me original pictures, magazines and patches, posters, fighter and ... Read More »

Clyde Butcher Exhibit

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SUBMITTED The Marco Island Historical Museum is pleased to host fine art photographer Clyde Butcher’s special exhibition “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary.” The exhibit, graciously sponsored by the Marco Island Historical Society, is to be on display at the museum from Tuesday, December 1 through Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Butcher is best known for his stunning photography and contributions to public awareness of the Florida Everglades, showing his deep and personal commitment to preserving endangered landscapes around the world. An internationally recognized artist and environmentalist, Butcher photographed and recorded images taken throughout America in his new “Nature’s Places of Spiritual Sanctuary” series. The photographs capture ... Read More »

Big Cypress Winter 2015 / 16 Activities

The winter dry months are a great time to get outside, explore natural Florida and discover the interesting landscapes and wildlife of the Big Cypress. Staff at Big Cypress National Preserve have arranged a number of free opportunities for the whole family to enjoy, from guided canoe trips and swamp walks, to festivals and star gazing. Programs and activities begin November 22 and go through April of 2016. For information on programs go to – http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/ranger-led-activities.htm or call one of the national preserve visitor centers at 239-695-1201 or 4758. Due to popularity some activities may require advance reservations, check out the complete ... Read More »

Gardens Summer Survivors

Plumbago (Leadwort).

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com 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 mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com 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

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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 »