The Naples National Art show had the reputation of being the best art show in Naples, and this past weekend was no exception. The park was full on terrific exhibitions, the entertainment varied and even the weather cooperated, holding off on any rain until we packed up the car. I enjoyed being back in the show circuit after a break and some show food, too!
It was truly gratifying to have so many wonderful clients come by to chat, and humbling to learn how many of my paintings, some sold many years ago, are still enjoyed and appreciated. I'm hoping many people will stop by the studio/gallery at the Esplanade, too, now that they're aware of it.
You might enjoy learning that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas festival will be this coming weekend. Marjory Stoneman Douglas moved to from Minnesota to Florida in 1915 at the end of her marriage, and wrote for the Miami Herald where her father was editor. She became enamoured with the Everglades, understood how the water moved over the land, and became a tireless advocate for preserving the delicate ecosystem. Her plea for preservation went as far as the White House, where she was instrumental in persuading President Roosevelt to create Everglades National Park. Douglass is best known for her book, River of Grass, highlighting the natural value of the land. She continued to live simply in Coconut Grove, and to lecture and write about the Everglades until the end of her long life at 108.
She will be honored this week in Everglades City at the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglass Festival. The Festival, starting on Feb. 23, will open with a lecture of Everglades Culture and History by Dr. Laura Ogden, followed by a luncheon and fashion show. Walks, talk, films and workshops will continue throughout the week. Tickets, required for some of the events, can be purchased through the Everglades Museum.