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52nd Summerset Regatta selects local artist for official artwork

June 7, 2017
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

A Cape Coral artist's work has been selected as the official artwork of the 2017 Summerset Regatta.

Pat Ricci's painting entitled, "Sails in the Sunset" was entered into the 2017 Cape Coral Art League's "Fish & Ships" painting competition in April. That painting was chosen by the Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS), as the official artwork for this year's October 2017 Summerset Race, which raises money for youth sailing. The original painting is done in the style of Linda Lucas with acrylic ink and watercolor. This image will be featured on the annual race t-shirts and used in marketing materials.

The artist, Pat Ricci, graduated from Mt. Mary University, Milwaukee, with a degree in art and elementary education. After 28 years of teaching, she retired and began taking workshops in watercolor painting. She now teaches watercolor painting at Cape Coral Art League in Cape Coral.

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Ricci has donated originals and prints to help raise funds for the local food pantry, the school district, the Pink Ribbon of Barron County Wis., and other organizations over the years. Ricci's painting 'Alligator' was recently exhibited in the Art Council of Southwest Florida Winners' Circle Show 2017 at the Von Liebig Art Center in Naples. Several of her paintings can be viewed at

CMCS is a non-profit sailing club which raises money every year to donates to Gulf coast youth sailing organizations in southwest Florida. Typically the Summerset Race raises and distributes thousands of dollars for youth sailing activities from Tampa Bay to Marco Island. Each year for the past 51 years, CMCS has run the Summerset Sailing Regatta. Sailing clubs from up and down Florida's west coast converge on Fort Myers Beach for a weekend of great racing and social events. Two years ago at its 50th regatta, CMCS had 70 boats entered in the race and raised about $ 15,000.

In addition to great racing and camaraderie for the sailors and crew, the real beneficiaries to this event are the youth in those same communities. Boats pay entry fees and CMCS solicits business sponsorships to offset costs so that it can put as many proceeds toward its charitable funds as possible.

Last year CMCS was able to contribute $9,900 to young sailors and marine enthusiasts of these communities, including $1,000 to the Ostego Bay Foundation.

The 52th regatta is set for Oct. 6 though Oct. 8 this year.



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