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VOL. 14, NO. 51
DECEMBER 25, 2015
From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers
Arts For ACT Opening
Exhibit, Artists Reception
Arts for ACT Gallery, 2265 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, will host an
opening reception on Friday, January 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the January
featured artists, watercolorist Cheryl Fausel and landscape painter Barb Albin,
exhibiting in the main gallery. Off the main gallery are works by Linda Benson and in
the middle gallery, mixed media artist Eileen McGrath will be shown. This exhibit will
continue through February 1.
Fausel is a prize-winning artist with her work owned and exhibited both in the United
States and Europe. Recently, she was juried into an international show in China out of
almost 3,000 entries. Her work has been juried into and exhibited in many national as well
as local exhibitions. In addition to painting, she has been asked to judge several art shows
to include -- for the third time -- the Art Fest of Fort Myers. When asked why she works so
hard even in retirement, she replied, "Because being an artist is not a job, but who I am."
Albin has been in over 400 juried and invitational shows. She is a graduate of
Northern Illinois University. She also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
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Artwork by Eileen McGrath
Nature Walk At Lakes Park
Take a nature walk with a bird patrol
guide at Lakes Regional Park on
Saturday, January 2, beginning at 8
a.m. The tour is free with paid parking.
Enter the Lakes Park gate from
Gladiolus. Turn right. Drive to the end of
the road, continue through the parking lot
to shelter A7, located near the train station.
This easy walk along clear paths offers
an opportunity to see birds in native veg-
etation with experienced bird patrol guides
pointing out the many species in Lakes
Park, a Lee County birding hot spot and
crucial nesting area for many birds. Wear
comfortable shoes, and dress to be outside.
Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars.
For more information, call 533-7580
or 533-7576. This tour is provided in
cooperation with Lee County Parks and
Little blue heron photo by Meg Rousher
Festival Of Trees Committee
Announces People's Choice Winners
For the ninth straight year,
flocked to the Fort Myers
River District to visit Goodwill
Industries' annual Festival of
Trees. More than 2,000 bal-
lots were cast in the festival's
People's Choice Awards, in
which visitors can vote for
their favorite trees. The festi-
val is Goodwill's largest fund-
raiser of the year.
"The competition for the
People's Choice Awards has
become a big part of the fes-
tival," said Goodwill spokes-
person Madison Mitchell.
"Everyone always has a hard
time picking their favorites.
The tree designers definitely
get into some friendly competi-
tion over it, too."
Most coveted is the Best All-
Around Award, which this year
was presented to long-time
festival participant Univision,
for its Magic of the Nutcracker
tree. The nine-foot tree was
decorated with nutcrackers, red
ribbons and gold tone orna-
ments. The tree also came with
a full page ad in D'Latinos
Magazine, a 49-inch LG Ultra
4K HDTV, Dinner at Komoon
Thai Sushi & Ceviche, and
10 Univision VIP box tickets
for Florida Everblades vs.
Brampton at Germain Arena.
The overall value was $3,600.
The tree designed by the
Sidney & Berne Davis Art
Center was also a crowd favor-
ite at the festival. The tree,
titled Holiday Spirit, won the
Most Creative ribbon from
festivalgoers and came with
approximately 118 bottles of
wine on a custom-made tree-
style wine rack. The tree was
also accompanied by a five-
course dinner and wine for 10
at the home of Fran Fenning,
catered by G3 Catering. The overall value of the tree was $5,000. The win puts them as
the only tree designer who has won every category of the People's Choice at the festival.
Winner of the Most Traditional Award was The Home Depot's Let's Do This: Let Home
Depot Tools Help tree. The nine-foot tree was decorated in shades of red and gold, and
was accompanied by a giant rolling stand-up tool chest, assorted power tools and accesso-
ries, and $300 in The Home Depot gift cards. The total value of the tree was $1,500.
Mayor's Choice -- for the second year in a row -- went to CenturyLink. Its Joy To The
World seven-foot tree was decorated in a travel theme, complete with a globe-style tree-
topper. The tree was accompanied by a five-piece Open Seas by Nautica luggage set, and
a 22-inch Italian-style globe bar with wine and glasses, wrapped in replica 16th century
nautical maps from the National Museum of Science. The tree was valued at $2,000.
"I picked this beautiful tree because I'm inspired by the message it sends," said Fort
Myers Mayor Randy Henderson of CenturyLink's design, "It talks about joy for the
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Holiday Spirt by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
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