Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 090215 Contents THE RIVER - SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
Along The River
On Friday, September 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., Art Walk returns to downtown
Fort Myers’ historic River District.
Held on the first Friday of each month, more than 10 art galleries invite
locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout the River District core and
the Gardner’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists at most of the art galler-
ies and enjoy the live art demonstrations throughout the unique brick-lined streets of
Fort Myers’ historic downtown.
For more information about Art Walk, call 337-5050 or go to www.fortmyersart-
As part of Art Walk, the opening reception for Justin Markley’s Aquatic Sealife
exhibit is at the Arts for ACT Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. Other artists featured this
month include whimsical artist Rachel Moorman and Rob Goldey, a pen and ink artist.
The exhibit will be on display through September 28.
Markley is 31 years old and this is his first art exhibit. It is a special night for him, as he
did not find his passion in life until he found a hidden talent for art. He is self-taught, and
through trial and error, he now has an art career specializing in ocean life. His passion for
aquatic art led him to more travel, exploring oceans, lakes, rivers and wildlife. Some of his
favorite pastimes are fishing, snorkeling, boating, kayaking, biking and hiking.
Markley is dedicating the opening night of his show to his aunt, Cheryl Kuder, who
passed away from colon cancer four years ago at the age of 43. The artist will unveil a
painting he had done of his much-loved aunt at the Friday night reception, which will
be attended by his close-knit family. For more information about Justin Markley, go to
The Arts for ACT Gallery is located at 2265 First Street in Fort Myers. Call 939-
2553 or go to www.artsforactgallery.com.
Monday, which is Labor Day, is the perfect time to relax on the water with a river
tour aboard Pure Fort Myers’ M/V Edison Explorer. Captains Lance and Harry
Julian invite you and your family to join them on an exciting Caloosahatchee tour with
Pure Fort Myers. No strangers to the waters, the Julians draw on five generations of
maritime business and 40 years of maritime tourism experience to make their tours as
fun and informative as possible.
On the 1.5-hour river tour, they’ll introduce you to dolphins, mangrove forests, bald
eagles, bird rookeries and nature’s cutest cow, the manatee. Also learn about the fas-
cinating history of the Caloosahatchee and the exploits of Thomas Edison and Henry
Ford, who spent many winters at this estate in Fort Myers. Edison conducted many
interesting scientific experiments and his science lab remains to this day.
Pure Fort Myers has a sunset river cruise scheduled for departure at 7 p.m. on
Labor Day. Call 919-2965 for more information and reservations, or go to www.pure-
On Monday evening, TGIM: Thank God for Indie Mondays returns to the
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Doors open for happy hour at 6:30 p.m . with pizza
from Capone’s and coffee from Bennett’s. Films are presented at 7 p.m.
The featured celebrity guest judges will be Terry Tincher, Tincture Gallery owner;
fashion designer Kariza; Ask An Expert radio host Tom Conwell; and FMFF program-
ming director Toni Gonzales. The entertainment will include musical guest Gabrielle
Macafee and stand-up comedy by legendary swing dancer and film star Norma Miller.
TGIM is lead and hosted by Eric Raddatz and co-host Melissa DeHaven.
The popular TGIM film screening series will be held the first Monday of each
month through February 1. It features short indie films being considered for the 6th
annual Fort Myers Film Festival. Those in attendance will have a say in the Fort Myers
Film Festival’s April 7 to 10, 2016 programming.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street, Fort Myers. For
more information about TGIM, call 333-1933 or go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com.
On Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m., Shell Point Retirement Community
welcomes Dick Hyman: Big Bands & Combos as the final performance in its
2015 Summer Concert Series. This concert will be held in The Village Church on The
Island at Shell Point.
Hyman has had a long-standing career as a pianist, organist, arranger, music direc-
tor and composer. While developing his own musical style, Hyman researched and
recorded works by piano greats from the early periods of jazz, like Joplin, Gershwin,
Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington. His performance will feature film clips of famous
Big Band recordings, followed by Hyman’s own solo version.
Shell Point Retirement Community is located at 15101 Shell Point Boulevard in
Fort Myers. Tickets for the Dick Hyman: Big Bands & Combos concert cost $20 and
may be purchased online at www.shellpoint.org/concerts or by calling 454-2067.
Two State Park
The Department of Environmental Protection announced that two state park
campgrounds are closed in Southwest Florida. The state parks remain open.
Collier-Seminole State Park, located at 20200 Tamiami Trail E. in Naples, is
closed for remodeling.
Myakka River State Park, located at 13208 State Road 72 in Sarasota, has closed
two of three camping loops because of local flooding.
Visit www.FloridaStateParks.org to stay updated on state parks closures and alerts.
TGIM: Thank God for Indie Mondays returns on September 7. Those in attendance will
have a say in the Fort Myers Film Festival’s April 2016 programming shedule.
The opening reception for Justin Markley’s Aquatic Sealife exhibit is on Friday from 6 to 10
p.m . at the Arts for ACT Gallery in downtown Fort Myers’ historic River District
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