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Fall And Winter Education Season
tion for the
at the Alliance for
the Arts opens
August 1. The new
classes and work-
shops in drawing
and painting, col-
batik, fiber art,
and much more.
youth and teens
and painting, gui-
tar, piano and drums. Class descriptions and instructor bios are available online at
Join the Alliance’s growing community of artists, instructors, students and patrons
this fall by taking a class or workshop. Alliance members receive 20 percent off
classes, as well as many other benefits including exhibition opportunities, gift shop
and event ticket discounts, and special deals at partner businesses around Southwest
Florida. For more information or to register for a class online, visit ArtInLee.org or call
The Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of
Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.
Previous education classes at the Alliance for the Arts
Painting class at the Alliance
The Alliance for the Arts is calling
its member-artists to submit works
following the theme Dog Days
for an exhibit that will open on Friday,
August 7. Each year, the Alliance invites
its more than 1,000 members to con-
tribute artwork following a different
theme for this annual Members Exhibit.
Artists are welcome to become a mem-
ber in order to participate. The open-
ing reception is Friday, August 7 from
5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit runs through
September 19. Work by graphic art-
ist Sarah Tumm will be featured in the
Member Gallery. Artwork by Randy
Kashi will be displayed in the Theatre
Artwork in all mediums following the
theme Dog Days will be accepted and
should be delivered to the Alliance wired,
framed and ready to hang on Monday,
August 3 during normal business hours.
3D artwork is welcome and pedestals
will be provided if necessary. Entries
that have previously been shown at the
Alliance will not be accepted. You may
become a member in order to participate.
Individual Alliance memberships are $50
annually. They offer a variety of valuable
benefits including exhibition opportuni-
ties, discounted entry fees, 20 percent off
classes and workshops, special monthly
discount offers with area businesses,
member social events and outings, free
open painting studio sessions and a
monthly Book Club.
The Dog Days exhibit prospectus is
available at the Alliance for the Arts,
located on the corner of Colonial and
McGregor in Fort Myers, online at www.
ArtInLee.org or can be requested by mail
by calling 939-2787.
On Tour From
The Northwest Regional Library will
host Centennial Faces, a traveling
exhibit from The Florida Museum
of History. Centennial Faces is a selec-
tion of photographs by Tallahassee
photographer Alvan S. Harper, who
provides a fresh perspective on the
lives of African-American citizens in
Tallahassee one hundred years ago. The
subjects of Harper’s studio portraits sug-
gest the presence of an affluent class
within the African-American society of
that time. The 49 photographs pre-
sented in this exhibit are a small taste of
the two thousand glass-plate negatives
in the Alvan S. Harper Collection at the
Florida Photographic Collection, Florida
State Archives. The exhibit will run from
August 1 to October 31.
“It is fascinating seeing photos of past
generations and even more so when
they break our preconceived notions and
stereotypes,” said Sheldon Kaye, Lee
County Library System Director. “This is
a very interesting collection for the time
The Northwest Regional Library is
located at 519 Chiquita Blvd. North
in Cape Coral and is open Monday,
Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m .; Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m.;
Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. The library is closed on Labor Day
and Sundays. The exhibit is available dur-
ing all open hours.
For more information on the
exhibit, go to leelibrary.net, contact the
Northwest Regional Library at 533-
4700 or call Telephone Reference at
MacGregor’s Art On Display
At Cape Coral Library Gallery
Artwork by well-known cartoonist and illustrator Doug MacGregor will be on
display from August 4 through August 31 in the art gallery of the Cape Coral
Library, located at 921 SW 39th Terrace. Contact the library at 533-4500
for directions and hours.
The exhibit will feature original drawn and painted cartoons that satirize and cel-
ebrate our Southwest Florida lifestyle. Comical themes include the flora, fauna, beach
life, sports, hobbies, etc. that make life here in paradise unique.
MacGregor describes the body of his artwork as “a humorous and uplifting look
at how we live and play.” Doug has been an editorial cartoonist and children’s book
illustrator in Southwest Florida for over two decades. His work has appeared in USA
Today and the News-Press. He is currently Arts in Healthcare Coordinator for Lee
Memorial Health Systems bringing art, music, storytelling and humor to patients and
MacGregor has self-published a number of children’s books, including his most
recent book Turtellini, The Turbo-Charge Turtle and Rad Hair Day. His Get
Creative, Turn On The Bright Side Of Your Brain is also a popular favorite among
the young and young at heart. He has exhibited his work in many galleries in the local
area, including the Alliance for the Arts, BIG ARTS, Arts for ACT, Rauschenberg
Gallery, International Design Center, Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center and Florida
Gulf Coast Universit,y to name a few. Visit www.dougcreates.com for more informa-
The gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Family Picnic To Celebrate Same-
Sex Marriage And Other Victories
BeProudSWFL.com and the SWFL Rainbow Pages are sponsoring a family
picnic to celebrate the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage,
changes in gay adoption and other LGBT victories across the nation. Awards
will also be presented to Advocates of the Year.
The BeProudSWFL.com Community Picnic is free and open to the public. It will
be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m . on Sunday, August 9 at Lakes Regional Park, 7330
Gladiolus Drive in South Fort Myers. The event will be rain or shine and will be held at
two of the pavilions located past the main playground near the amphitheater.
Free hot dogs and chips will be provided. Activities include soccer, volleyball, corn-
hole and crafts for kids. There is also boating, a water playground, train rides, bike
rentals and more available at the park.
Advocate of the Year awards will be presented at 1 p.m. to people who are making
a difference in the LGBT community. Three categories will be awarded – youth, col-
legiate and adult.
“This is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and celebrate
some great things that have happened in Florida and across the nation,” said Michelle
Hudson of BeProudSWFL.com and SWFL Rainbow Pages. “There is still a long way
to go but we should celebrate the victories. We are much stronger as one, unified com-
For more information about the picnic, visit BeProudSWFL.com or email info@
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