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Art League Call To Artists For
Dancing With Dolphins Project
Cape Coral Art League invites artists
to submit an applications and propos-
als outlining designs for the 2016-17
Dancing With Dolphins project. The deadline
for submissions is September 15.
Dancing With Dolphins is a public arts project
to promote the arts and tourism for the com-
munity of Cape Coral, with all proceeds going to
the Cape Coral Art League to sustain the build-
ing and programs.
Local artists will create designs for a fiberglass
dolphin, which is 72 inches tall. The art league
will match sponsors to artists and a plaque will be
placed at the base of each sculpture to indicate
the name of the sponsor, the artist and the dol-
phin’s name. The finished creations will appear
in city approved locations throughout Cape
Coral. The locations will be chosen by the spon-
sors. There will also be public activities, fundrais-
ers and special events associated with the project.
The committee is soliciting original designs
for approximately 20 statues. Artists may submit
more than one design. Designs will be reviewed
for content. Embellishments or additions will be
reviewed for safety or mounting concerns. No
company or political statements will be allowed.
The designs will be placed in a notebook that
sponsors will use to select a design. Sponsors
may also provide a design of their own. For each
design selected, artists will be paid $500 to paint
or otherwise embellish one fiberglass dolphin in
the October-November time frame. Once the
dolphins are completed, they will be clear coated
by the art league members. All sculptures will be
property of the Cape Coral Art League and the
league will have all rights to reproduction of the
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application packet. Submissions must
include a completed application form, completed design sketch, 250-word or less biog-
raphy and three images or photos of your work.
If you have any questions, call Betsy Koscher at 413-335- 0521, Marian Borneman
at 848-0960 or Suzanne Sims at 322-8676.
End Of Summer Variety
What do cir-
ers and stand-up
comedy have in
common? One wild
night of theater fun
in the Fort Myers
River District. The
of Florida presents
its second annual
variety show fundrais-
ing event on Friday,
September 12 at 7
p.m . at the theater
located at 1634
Woodford Avenue in
Fort Myers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Featured entertainment includes comedy, singing, tap dancing and a drag show. In
between acts, guests can participate in a silent auction of original art, jewelry and local
services which will help the non-profit theater raise money in support of its creative
and education programs and needed equipment costs.
The Laboratory Theater was founded to share classical works and evocative com-
edies and dramas that give audiences something to think and talk about.
“We try to push the envelope a bit with each season’s play selections,” said Artistic
Director Annette Trossbach. “Our subscribers love that our shows leave them with
something to think about.”
The educational programming includes traditional classes and summer camp ses-
sions, but the largest educational contributions happen in rehearsals for each show.
“When actors are cast in one of our plays, they are signing up for a master class in
acting and all facets of producing live theater. The talent you see on our stage often
includes beginners in their very first play performing alongside classically trained and
seasoned actors,” Trossbach said.
The vaudeville fundraiser gives the community a fun way to support the Lab, at the
same time as giving actors creative, individual ways to show their gratitude to audi-
ences. Seating is limited. Guests will receive complimentary drink tickets and hors
d’oeuvres will be provided.
All donations to the theater will be matched by an anonymous donor, up to
Tickets are $70 per person, or $125 per couple, and can be purchased on www.
brownpapertickets.com or www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com, or by calling 218-0481.
Artists will pick up the dolphins and
take them home to paint. The dol-
phins are 72 inches tall and weigh 65
pounds. They are 31 inches front to
back and 27 inches side to side.
Is September 19
by Jeff Lysiak
On Saturday, September 19, the
Foundation (SCCF) again invites
island residents and visitors of all ages to
participate in an international volunteer
effort to rid our coastlines and waterways
of marine litter, pollution and debris.
On that day from 9 a.m. to noon,
volunteers worldwide remove millions
of pounds of coastal trash that can hurt
local economies, injure and kill marine
wildlife and choke the ocean environ-
ment. SCCF’S partner in the Ocean
Conservancy’s 29th annual Coastal
Cleanup is Keep Lee County Beautiful.
According to local event coordinator
Dee Serage-Century, SCCF’s Landscaping
For Wildlife educator, every piece or gar-
bage removed from our beaches – big or
small – can make a difference.
“Just because it’s small doesn’t mean
that it’s not important,” said Serage-
Century. “Birds get caught in small
clumps of monofilament line that washes
up on our beaches.”
The Keep Lee County Beautiful web-
site notes that marine life can easily be
entangled in fishing line, nets and six-
pack rings. Fish, birds and turtles mistake
trash like styrofoam, plastics and cigarette
butts for food, which may eventually lead
“Marine debris weakens coastal
economies by sapping dollars from the
tourism and seafood industries,” the web-
site explained. “Tourism in Lee County
contributed $2 billion to the regional
economy last year, and we’d like to keep
it that way.”
Last year in Lee County, Coastal
Cleanup volunteers – including more
than 200 who participated on Sanibel,
Captiva and the Causeway Islands – gath-
ered 8,601 pounds of trash. Worldwide
last year, more than 560,000 volunteers
picked up 16 million pounds of refuse.
Cigarettes and food rappers topped the
list of debris found, with plastic bottles
coming in third.
Friends, families, neighbors, co-work-
ers and church groups are encouraged to
come to the SCCF Nature Center, locat-
ed at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road, on
September 19 at 9 a.m. to check in and
pick up their Coastal Cleanup data cards
and trash bags. Participants are asked to
bring their own water to reduce the use
of plastic water bottles. Also, please bring
your own work gloves to reduce the use
of the plastic gloves that will be available.
“We’re always looking for families
to come out with their kids, who can
get some community service hours for
school,” said Serage-Century. We’ve got
a lot of groups who have already been
assigned their cleanup locations, too.”
Among this year’s local participants
who have already signed up are groups
from Norris Home Furnishings, Noack &
Company, Barrier Island Title Services,
John R. Wood, VIP Realty, Pfeifer Realty,
John Naumann & Associates, RE/MAX
of the Islands, McCallion & McCallion
and the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva.
“Actually, you don’t have to do your
pick up between 9 a.m. and noon on
the day of the Coastal Cleanup,” added
Serage-Century. “You can do it at low
tide the night before when it’s cooler or
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Coastal Cleanup volunteers, from left, Diane and Payton Ziegler, Jaea Bobo, Ar-reyana
Wortham and Yanixa Garcia, picking up debris at Lighthouse Beach in 2013
photo by Jeff Lysiak
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