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Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Shucker’s to hold joint event Tuesday

Outdoor painting event at restaurant coincides with opening of art association gallery

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Oct 22, 2020

This work by Kathy Ross is being shown at Shucker's at the Gulfshore and Cottage Bar, which will be hosting an outdoor painting event on Tuesday

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association announced that its gallery is reopening to the public this week. The association will also be participating on Tuesday in an outdoor painting event at Shucker’s at the Gulfshore and Cottage Bar as part of a new partnership with the restaurant.

The association’s gallery, at Shell Mound Boulevard, has been closed to the public since March. The gallery has been open in recent months to association members on a limited basis.

The new hours to the gallery are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with limited capacity. Masks are required to be worn. The fall show features a variety of framed and matted works for sale. Artists typically are most active working at the gallery on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The association expects to begin classes and workshops again in January.

On Tuesday, the first outdoor painting event will take place at Shucker’s at the Gulfshore featuring art association members. Nagle said there will be an art bazaar, art walk type of cocktail party atmosphere where association members will be painting outside on the beach at the picnic tables.

Brian Nagle, general manager at Shucker's at the Gulfshore, speaks about the artwork of Fort Myers Beach Art Association Publicity Director Pam Flaherty (right).

Nagle said the event will kick off at 4 p.m.

“You can walk around, check stuff out, have a great bite to eat and have a couple drinks,” Nagle said. Nagle expects the art event to happen in the early evening a couple hours before sunset. “What’s better than walking on the beach at night, checking out people painting, being able to buy some art, check out some art while the sun is setting, on the Gulf, a drink in your hand, a few hors d’oeuvres available. Who is not going to enjoy something like that?”

Nagle said he thinks the event will be a safe way for people to get out of the house and enjoy some art. “It’s something different,” he said. “We can still have some fun. We can still have a good time and still do what’s right for our families, for everybody around and keep people employed.”

“They bring a lot to the table – a lot of talent, a lot of great features, a wide array of art that is cool for everybody to enjoy,” Nagle said.

In recent weeks, the association began showing its art at the restaurant, featuring notable past presidents including Lee Ackert, Michele Barron Buelow, and Gretchen Johnson. All of the art is for sale. The Fort Myers Beach Art Association had much of its income-raising events sidelined this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This watercolor on cradled board by Cheryl Fausel is among the new artworks featured at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery which reopened this week.

“All of these accomplished artists have donated countless hours of service to the organization,” Fort Myers Beach Art Association Publicity Director Pam Flaherty said in a statement. Flaherty also donated one of her works to the shows.

“Gretchen Johnson received the Distinguished Citizen Award from Fort Myers Beach for multiple community and civic efforts that included assisting with the incorporation of the Town of Fort Myers Beach,” Flaherty stated.

One watercolor is from the late Phil Rasmussen, who received over eighty awards in his career, Flaherty said. Rasmussen was one of a handful of Air Force pilots who took to the air to dogfight within moments of waking when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

For more information about the art association or to learn more on joining, send e-mails to the art association publicity chair Pam Flaherty at fmbaapublicity@gmail.com or stop by the Fort Myers Beach Arts Association Gallery located at 3030 Shell Mound Blvd, Fort Myers Beach on the corner of the Donora & Shell Mound Blvd, one mile south of the Matanzas Bridge. Call (239) 463-3909. Visit the website for updates at www.fortmyersbeachart.com

To learn more about Shucker’s at the Gulfshore and Cottage Bar, visit https://www.restaurantji.com/fl/fort-myers-beach/shuckers-at-the-gulfshore-and-the-cottage-bar-/.