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‘Tween Waters Canoe and Kayak Cafe reopens with new artist showcases

By Staff | Feb 26, 2009

Now that season is full-speed ahead, islanders and visitors alike can revel in the perks that come with high-traffic tourist season, as many seasonal locations are once again opening their doors, among them, the Canoe and Kayak Cafe at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

The Canoe and Kayak Cafe, which is only open seasonally until the end of March, is going one step further by inviting area artists to exhibit their work at the restaurant. Every week, the Canoe and Kayak Cafe will feature a new artist.

The first artist for 2009 was Mary Angela Brown, who shared her photography, mosaic designs and intricate wood-burned pieces.

“It was wonderful looking stuff. She had mosaics and ceramics but she also does artwork where she draws in ink and then burns it into plywood. It’s just beautiful,” said Jeff Shuff, ‘Tween Waters Inn general manager. He said the weekly artist exhibitions at the Canoe and Kayak Cafe began five years ago with ‘Tween Waters Inn owner Tony Lapi.

“He wanted to come up with some way to promote it because it’s only open seasonally for eight weeks,” explained Shuff. “We thought this would be a good way to get people’s attention by bringing artists in.”

But the artists’ displays at the Canoe and Kayak Cafe aren’t just for looks.

“We try to do stuff that people can buy and take with them – smaller stuff. Some artists actually go there and assemble pieces. It’s all for sale,” Shuff said. “We like to have things that people will purchase and take home with them. A souvenir.”

Jewelry by Bridgette Chandler will be on display from Feb. 25 until March 1.

Beginning March 4 and ending March 8, David Belling will exhibit his watercolor paintings. Beth Collete will show jewelry between March 11 and March 15 and will display her pieces again from March 25 to March 29.

From March 18 until March 22, Beverly Spana will exhibit functional art and hand-painted glassware along with paintings and fused glass pieces by Marcia York.

The Kayak and Canoe Cafe at ‘Tween Waters Inn is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. for lunch.

The menu includes lunch fare such as soups, salads, sandwiches, dessert and a choice of soft drinks, mixed cocktails, beer and wine.

‘Tween Waters Inn is located at 15951 Captiva Drive. The Canoe and Kayak Cafe is located at the back of the ‘Tween Waters complex near the marina.

If you would like more information about ‘Tween Waters Inn or dining there, call 472-5161.