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Kings to speak at Art League meeting next week

By Staff | Feb 10, 2010

Watercolor painter David King and basket weaver Sheila King will speak at the general meeting of the Sanibel Captiva Art League at the Sanibel Community Center, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, on Thursday, Feb. 18. Refreshments will be served.

David King paints transparent watercolor mostly on nature-based themes, and Sheila King has been weaving baskets for 30 years and has been the subject of a PBS documentary in 2006.

But what they want to talk about is their shared transformative experience as “Artists in Residence” at Alaska’s Denali National Park, in an arts program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Interior. They lived 43 miles off the road, in the woods, in a 100-year-old cabin. Their nearest neighbor was a mother Grizzly bear with her three cubs, and they entertained occasional visits by packs of wolves. The government was interested in the relationship between the wilderness and art.

After a stringent application process, all the Kings had to give the National Parks Service was a lecture, a painting and a basket in exchange for a profound adventure.

The Kings’ remarkable story only highlights the interesting and off-beat paths often available to artists who seek the unusual for their art. Please come and join us.