The Marco Island Historical Museum is delighted to present the “Painting S.W. Florida History” exhibit from Jan. 6 to March 21, 2015. An opening artist reception will take place on Jan. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. During the reception, artwork will be juried by a panel of experts and will include a “Peoples’ Choice Award” for attendees to vote on their favorite piece.
The exhibition portrays Southwest Florida as one of the last frontiers of the United States. Each piece tells the story of settlers like Tommie Barfield, who arrived on Caxambas with her family in 1902, W.T. Collier who settled on Marco in 1870, and Barron Gift Collier, who bought large tracts of Lee County in the early 1920’s.
The artists were chosen from a multitude of. Given a set criteria laid down by the art committee, the artists were then given access to historical photographs from the Collier County Museum archive and by Marco Island Historians, Bill and Betsy Perdichizzi. All the paintings were required to be original works produced within the past three years.
The Marco Island Historical Museum is one of the five Collier County Museums, located on the historic Marco Island, just sixteen miles south of Naples. This Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians, and their vanished civilization through its displays. For more information about the Marco Island Historical Museum’s events or exhibits, please contact the museum at (239) 642-1440 or visit www.colliermuseums.com and www.themihs.com. Museum opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and donations are appreciated.