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Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival to be streamed

This year's Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival will be virtual. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 14th annual event will be streamed online from Sept. 22 – 26, according to the festival's executive director Janeen Paulauskis. “While we are disappointed not to see our ...

Sand artist John Boyd will be making Arches in the sand this week

The Arches may not have returned to Fort Myers Beach, but the sand is still here for sand artist John Boyd to use his magical rake to work on recreating visions of the arches.Boyd will be on the beach all week recreating the Arches through his sand art as part of an effort to bring attention to ...

Chicago concert rescheduled to May 13

The Chicago tribute concert featuring former Chicago singer Jeff Coffey and the Chicago cover band Back to Chicago scheduled for March 19 at Fish-Tale Marina on Fort Myers Beach has been postponed to May 13.All purchased tickets will be honored at the show, said event organizer Janeen ...

Local art teacher drew from FMBAA student scholarship show

When Alison Rice entered her photograph of a scene at Naples Beach featuring a pelican and the pier at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association student scholarship show, little did she know her first serious entry into the art world was the start of her career.The Estero native's career involves ...

Music legend Charlie McCoy lifts Lover’s Key

Charlie McCoy is in the Country Music Hall of Fame in large part for his harmonica but as his performance at Lover's Key State Park Feb. 6 showed, his voice and guitar are not exactly second-fiddles.At 78, the Fort Myers Beach resident showed he still has his chops while performing with Kim ...

Community Foundation ends first decade with trip back to Woodstock

With the group Jo List and Friends playing 1960s songs from groups like The Doors, dozens of Community Foundation members and supporters clad in tie-dye shirts celebrated the nonprofit organization's 10th year with a Woodstock-themed fundraising event at the Diamondhead Beach Resort Jan. ...

Art Association Paint Around raises money for student scholarships

It's been a month of showcasing for the Fort Myers Beach Art Association from its "Art Divine" show to its current "Not the Status Quo" winter show and most recently a "Paint Around" which raised funds for student scholarships at its gallery.The "Paint Around" featured four of the association's ...

Charlie McCoy brings lifetime of playing with the best to Lovers Key

The term "real McCoy" wasn't coined after country musician Charlie McCoy (though it's the name of one of his albums) but few artists can pull out the type of resume the guitarist and harmonica player has put together.He has recorded with musical giants from Elvis Presley to Roy Orbison, Bob ...

Art Association draws full house

The Fort Myers Beach Art Association Open House lived up to expectations Jan. 9 with a large crowd of visitors interested in viewing and learning about art. Advanced artists were stationed around the workshop/gallery giving lessons on oil painting, sketching, alcohol on ink and collage, as the ...