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THE RIVER - NOVEMBER 27, 2015
Fort Myers Art:
by Tom Hall
Four visiting instructors
will lead special work-
shops at the Alliance
for the Arts during January,
February and March that
provide local artists unpar-
alleled opportunities to
work with, learn from, and
be inspired by experts in
their mediums. All four art-
ists regularly teach in their
home towns, as well as travel to teach whenever
Winston-Salem painter David Kessler will teach
a workshop on January 14 to 16. His three-day
Abstracts: Fresh & Loose workshop seeks to get
student artists to loosen up their style and paint
with more freedom and spontaneity. He says his
workshop is not only about painting abstract com-
positions, but also learning to paint more freely.
Tuition is $350 for Alliance members and $435
for non-members. More information about Kessler
is at available at www.davidmkessler.com.
World-renowned mosaic artist Susan Wechsler
is based in Denver, Colorado. She returns to the
Alliance for a second season to present her 1- or 2-day
Mosaic Workshop on January 23 to 24. She creates
mosaics on items she finds at flea markets and antique
shops using broken pieces of china, stained glass and
gemstones. Attendees will lear n to cut, glue and grout
fine china, art glass and found objects to create their
own beautiful keepsake mirror. Her one-day workshop
on January 23 is $85 for members or $120 for non-
members, plus a $55 supply fee. Her two-day workshop
is $245 for members and $310 for non-members plus
an $85 supply fee. To lear n more about Wechsler and
her work, go to www.mosaicsbysusan.com.
On February 26 and 27 lifelong artist Ginnie
Peterson from St. Paul, Minnesota, will pres-
ent her Paint with Molten Beeswax-Encaustic
Workshop. She says this medium is perfect for
painters, sculptors and photographers of all lev-
els. Learn to paint with beeswax that is melted
and saturated with pigments like those used in
oil paints. Most students leave with three finished
pieces per day. The workshop is $250 for mem-
bers and $315 for non-members. A single-day
option is available. Learn more about Peterson
and her work at www.ginniepeterson.com.
Finally on March 1-3, San Francisco-based
painter Elio Camacho will lead his Plein Air with
Elio workshop. Although Camacho came to paint-
ing later in life, he has been a highly-regarded art-
ist and instructor for nearly two decades. He says
his goal is to help students capture the particular
mood of a moment and to express themselves
in bold and color ful ways, all while capturing the
beauty and spontaneity of nature. His workshop is
$375 for members and $475 for non-members.
Learn more about Camacho at www.colorrela-
These workshops have pre-registration dead-
lines, so don’t hesitate to sign up if interested.
The Alliance offers year-round classes for people
of all ages and experience levels. Members receive
20 percent off all classes and workshops, among
many other member benefits. Visit ArtInLee.org
to learn more about the visiting artist workshops,
or all of the fun and inspiring things happening at
the Alliance all year long.
Tom Hall is both an amateur artist and aspiring
novelist who writes art quest thrillers. He is in the
final stages of completing his debut novel titled Art
Detective. A former tax attorney, he lives in Estero
with his fiancé and their four cats.
David Kessler will teach the first workshop from January 14 to 16. He says
his workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions but learning
to paint more freely.
Christmas In The Park December 4
The Fort Myers Recreation Division invites the public to take a break from holi-
day shopping and attend Christmas in the Park on Friday, December 4.
Children will be able to play on bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course
and a giant slide. At 5 p.m . Santa Claus will arrive in the park by fire truck to visit with
For the grownups, the event will feature a performance of holiday favorites by the
Southwest Florida Symphony at 5 p.m . Mayor Randall Henderson will light the city’s
Christmas tTree at 6 p.m . and proceed down West First Street on the annual Holiday
At 7:30 p.m .there will be a free Movie in the Park featuring Miracle on 34th
Street. $1 concessions will be on sale during the movie.
It is suggested that those attending bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Free onsite parking is available.
City Of Fort Myers Holiday Schedule
The City of Fort Myers Solid Waste Division will observe the Thanksgiving Day
holiday on Thursday, November 26. There will be no residential or commer-
cial, trash or recycling collection that day. Residential and commercial trash and
recycling normally collected on Thursday will be collected on Friday, November 27 and
all Friday collections will take place on Saturday.
Those with questions concerning service may call the Solid Waste Division at 321-
City hall, city offices and the utility billing office will be closed on Thursday,
November 26 and Friday, November 27.
Church Craft Fair
An Arts and Crafts Fair and Bake Sale will be held on December 6 and 13
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m . at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort
Myers, 13411 Shire Lane. The public is invited to shop for holiday gifts, buy
special treats and take part in a cookout.
Tables for vendors are available. For more information contact Suzanne Ziemer at
Nov 11 – Veterans Day
Veterans cruise free with the purchase of
accompanying full adult or child fare.
Nov 21 | Art, Shopping, Food & Fun
Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island
Nov 14 | Cruise the Caloosahatchee
River and Explore Picnic Island
Bark on the Ark Cruise
Nov 7 | Dogs Welcome for Cruise
and Playtime at the Beach
PURE FAMILY FUN
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