~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 at Rookery Bay.
Hammond’s first two classes – scheduled for Jan. 5-9 and Jan. 26-30 – teach students how to draw realistic portraits in graphite and colored pencils. In these five-day classes, Hammond uses her books “Lifelike Drawing from Photographs” and “Drawing People and Clothing” to demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels (no experience required). Students learn how to draw facial features, hairstyles, clothing, hands and feet.
In February she will offer two animal drawing classes, one in graphite and the other in colored pencil, and in March acrylics classes covering realistic painting of landscapes and seascapes.
Class space is limited and registration is required. Class tuition is $375 for her five-day classes (supplies cost extra). For more information visit www.rookerybay.org.
I-75 at CR 886/Golden Gate Parkway: Construction project: Crews widen the southbound-off ramp to include two dedicated right turn lanes, a shared right/left turn lane, and two dedicated left turn lanes. The project also replaces traffic signals and resurfaces the intersection and ramp. Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours. Motorists should expect lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 5:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and during daytime hours from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Drivers should use caution traveling in this area. Estimated completion is spring 2015. The Contractor is Wright Construction Group.
Andrew Drive from US 41 to Caledonia Avenue and Francis Avenue from Shadowlawn Drive to Pineland Street: Construction project: Crews build sidewalk, install curb and gutter, signs, and pavement markings as well as make drainage improvements to manage water running off the roadway. Currently crews are working on Andrew Drive and Francis Avenue. Estimated project completion is early 2015. The contractor is Marquee Development.
US 41 from Catalina Drive to Lakewood Boulevard: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the westbound lane to be closed from7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for crews to install culvert pipe. Drivers should use caution as crews work near the roadway.
US 41 from 91st Avenue north to Vanderbilt Beach Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the right turn lane closed during the nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, December 8 through Friday, December 12. Drivers should use caution as crews work in the roadway.
US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from SR 951 to Joseph Lane and to four lanes from Joseph Lane to Greenway Road. A 30-foot median will separate northbound and southbound travel lanes. The project also includes a 10-foot multi-use pathway along southbound travel lanes and a six-foot sidewalk parallel to northbound lanes. Median openings spaced throughout the project allow for left turns and U-turns. Crews also replace the traffic signal at Manatee Road. Crews are currently relocating utilities, constructing culverts, installing underground storm drainage, working on the bridge over Henderson Creek, and are beginning to construct the soundwall on the south side of the roadway. Beginning at 6 a.m. Thursday, December 11, eastbound lanes will merge towards westbound lanes closer to SR 951. Motorists should be aware of construction vehicles and equipment entering and exiting the roadway. The contractor expects to complete work by fall 2016. The design/build team is Wantman Group Inc./Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC.
US 41 from Rattlesnake Hammock Road to Guilford Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the outside northbound lane to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays for crews to install concrete utility poles. Drivers should use caution and expect slow moving traffic.
US 41/9th Street North from 7th Street North to Orchid Drive: Construction project: Crews add landscaping in the median and decorative brick pavers in areas along the project. Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours. Motorists should expect the inside northbound and southbound lanes to be closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Drivers should use caution as crews work in this area. Estimated completion is spring 2015. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.
SR 29 from Santa Rosa Avenue to Immokalee Drive: Maintenance permit project: Crews are connecting a driveway and installing underground utilities. Drivers should use caution while crews work near the roadway.
CR 31/Airport Pulling Road at North Horseshoe Drive: Construction project: Work continues to replace traffic signals and illuminated street signs, install a traffic separator, and resurface the intersection. Work occurs during daytime and nighttime hours. Motorists should expect lane closures during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Crews are widening the roadway. Drivers should use caution traveling in this area. Estimated completion is spring 2015. The contractor is Wright Construction Group.