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Art and Tea - Highwaymen-inspired artist comes to the island

January 28, 2015
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Fort Myers Beach Realty brings central Florida artist Lynn Herrick and her paintings to Fort Myers Beach Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7. Lynn was taught by one of the original Highwaymen, R.L. Lewis, Jr.

Friday night's reception, also sponsored by Fort Myers Beach Realty and free of charge to the public, will be held at the Newton House, 4650 Estero, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

The Artful Tea, hosted by the Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts and Beach Haus Productions, will be held the next day, Saturday, Feb. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Woman's Club at 175 Sterling. Lynn's work will again be on display and she will briefly speak on her association with the Highwaymen. Her work will also be for sale during the event.

In addition to a number of surprises, the day's events also include local speaker and author, Laurie Nienhaus, who will share unusual tidbits about three historically important painters. The full afternoon tea that follows features twists on foods associated with the artists mentioned.

"Friday night's reception is a free event at the Newton House. Ms. Herrick's work will be on display and available for sale. People can chat with her and have a bit of refreshment as the sun sets," Laurie explains. "At Saturday's tea at the Woman's Club, her work will again be on display and she'll briefly speak on her association with the Highwaymen. I'll also be presenting my newest program, The Artful Tea & a Side of Oddi-Tea. As storyteller, I'll share some juicy and quite intriguing tidbits about three different artists Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt and Rose O'Neill. We've several surprises as well, and the tea fare served will be a twist on foods associated with the artists discussed and in attendance. Truly Scrumptious is catering for us."

Laurie explains how the whole event was conjured up. "As often happens on the beach, the stars aligned, the tides rolled in and an idea was born. I'd been toying with an afternoon tea centered around art when I was introduced to Lynn Herrick while visiting Mount Dora. I was much taken with her Vanishing Florida series, which she paints in the Highwaymen style," she said. "Jessie Titus then happened to mention she wanted her Fort Myers Beach Realty to play a larger role in the arts on the beach. Without thinking I blurted out, 'Let's bring Lynn Herrick to Fort Myers Beach!' We were off and running. Fort Myers Beach Realty has graciously sponsored Lynn's arrival and stay on our beach, as well as Friday night's reception."

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Lastly, a private collection of original Highwaymen art owned by a local Fort Myers Beach resident and never before publicly viewed will be on display at the tea. The cost to attend The Artful Tea is $26. Reservations must be made in advance. Checks can be sent to PO Box 2576, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932. Reservations can also be made via PayPal by visiting For further information, call 239-463-1079.



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