The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) invites visitors to “put yourself in this picture” by posing in front of an impressive 115-square-foot mural that captures the essence of the unique and beautiful natural history of Marco Island and Southwest Florida. The mural, entitled “Historic Island Wildlife” is being painted on site at the Marco Island Historical Museum over the next weeks by artist-in-residence Jarrett Stinchcomb. The public can watch the artist at work daily, weather permitting, during Museum hours beginning early November. Completion is anticipated to be in mid-December. The mural will be a permanent addition to the Marco Island Historical Museum campus.
“This will be an interactive artwork that depicts the region’s fascinating and diverse wildlife that has played such a pivotal role in shaping the past, present and future of Marco Island as well as Southwest Florida,” says Stinchcomb. “My hope is that this piece will create a greater connection between the visitor and nature and communicate the important role that our natural surroundings and wildlife have played in shaping the area’s history.”
Stinchcomb also created five works of art for the Museum’s Windows & Doors to History permanent outdoor exhibit that spans 10,000 years of local history from the Pleistocene, Archaic, Glades and Calusa periods to the pioneer and modern periods.
According to MIHS Executive Director Pat Rutledge, “We expect thousands to visit Marco Island’s first official selfie station. It is designed to encourage the public to put themselves in the picture, share it with others on social media, and reflect on the importance of protecting the precious lands, waters and wildlife all around us.”
The Marco Island Historical Society also is providing an intriguing opportunity to actually participate in the creative process by sponsoring one of the elements of the mural. Sponsors will interact with the artist to select one of the mural’s many elements that include a Bottlenose Dolphin, Florida Panther, Loggerhead Sea Turtle and many more creatures that inhabit area lands and waters. Sponsors will be discreetly recognized within the work of art itself. For information on sponsorship, call MIHS at 239-389-6447.
The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free, and the site is handicapped accessible. For general information visit www.themihs.org or call 239-642-1440.