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Explore Lee And Collier History Through Art

July 14th, 2014 by

Both Lee and Collier Counties are bounteous little corners of Florida, where beautiful Southwest Florida homes and the luxurious Gulf coast lifestyle is being discovered and enjoyed by more and more people. If you are coming to the area to find your dream Naples home or to search for your ideal Bonita Springs real estate it’s great to appreciate the rich beauty of the area, and also enjoy the story of its past. This part of the State was one of the last places in the country to be settled, and since the first settlers arrived from the North they recognized the potential Southwest Florida had to be a thriving place to live, work and play.

The land was cleared, and over the years land was sold and great estates were built for the wealthy to spend their summers fishing, sailing and enjoying the temperate climate. It is to Southwest Florida’s rich history that artists are being invited to look and draw inspiration from for a new exhibition: “Painting Southwest Florida History”.

This major new project, run by the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and Collier Museums, is asking artists to take inspiration from Lee and Collier Counties’ past, using old photographs and books as reference to produce artworks that capture the essence of the rich history of the area.

Artists are invited in the first instance to submit by email three high resolution images of completed works to Timothy England, director if the Marco Museum, or to local artist Malenda Trick. The artwork can be in any of the following media; oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pin and ink, charcoal, oil pastel, pencil, batik or mixed media. After evaluating these submissions, Ms. Trick will select a number of artists to produce original work that depict the people and places that make up Lee and Collier’s history.

These artworks will then go on to form the exhibition, which will be taking place between January and March 2015 at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The deadline for artists wanting to apply for consideration is September 2nd. As well as having such an interesting history, modern Southwest Florida is an incredibly popular place to live, have a second or vacation home, or retire to.

Here you will find some of the most sought after real estate in the country – many set in world-class exclusive communities that offer all kinds of sporting and leisure facilities – such as Old Cypress. This community has it all, with stunning family homes ranging from 2,000 to over 4,300 square feet of living space. Most of these individually designed homes have gorgeous outlooks over preserves, lakes or the award winning PB Dye 18-hole golf courses.

The advantage of buying an Olde Cypress property is that you will get automatic access to the leisure, fitness and clubhouse facilities in the community, and you are also close to the attractions of Naples, with its reputation as a first class shopping and arts destination. Whether you are a history buff, or enjoy the trappings of the modern world, come and visit Southwest Florida soon. You won’t be disappointed.

About the Author:


Melinda Sullivan is Realtor specializing in luxury property in the Naples, Bonita Springs & Estero areas. She updates this blog on a weekly basis and writes about anything and everything to do with buying or selling property in Southwest Florida. You will find regular blog posts on her website at

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