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Charlie McCullough exhibits historic photographs at the CCA

By Staff | Nov 10, 2010

The Captiva Civic Association will kick off their season of exhibits on Thursday, Nov. 18 with an opening reception for island photographer Charlie McCullough’s “The Way it Was: An Exhibition of Island Photographs.”

McCullough spent most of his life on Sanibel and Captiva, and throughout his stay on the islands, he captured many images of iconic people and places from island history.

“I always had a camera whenever I came down to the islands and I’ve been taking pictures since 1935,” McCullough said. “My grandfather was the first to purchase land from the Woodrings, and in 1908 he built a house. Since then it’s passed through the family, and I live there now.”

McCullough’s prints will be for sale.

“The people that buy the photographs like to remember Sanibel and Captiva when they’re back home in Michigan or Wisconsin or even France, because there are people from all over the world that come here,” McCullough said, noting that his exhibition will feature many of his trademark black and white images, as well as some color photography.

There will be no exhibit in December, but in January, the CCA will host three more exhibits.

“I think this is going to be a really good season of art. There is a lot of variety in these shows and our four artists are all quite different,” said Sharon Brace of the CCA. “We have a whole season planned with Sally Rich’s photography in January, Susan Scott in February and Stella Farwell in March.”

The opening reception for McCullough’s exhibit begins at 5:30 p.m.

The CCA is located at 11560 Chapin Lane. For more information, call 472-2111.