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Captivans announce 2011 edition of popular calendar

By Staff | Nov 24, 2010

Gift-giving season is less than a month away — with the new year not far behind.

But three clever Captiva women have already released their much anticipated 2011 monthly calendar featuring watercolor paintings of classic island locales.

A couple of years ago, Ruth Sones and Carole Campbell, two part-time Captivans who make up Ruth Carole Designs and produce the calendar, decided they wanted to create a memento that was not only functional, but beautiful to look at, display and to give as a gift. They had the concept nailed down — but all they needed was an artist who could make the calendar something very special.

Sones and Campbell knew their neighbor Diane Fugit was an incredible artist, so they approached her with the idea. Fugit, a professional pastelist and portrait artist for over 25 years, was thrilled with the idea and immediately went to work.

What resulted was the 2010 calendar by Ruth Carole Designs, featuring Fugit’s artwork.

Diane Fugit, Ruth Sones and Carole Campbell, seated, display two versions of their 2011 calendar. The calendars are sold in many island establishments ranging from $18 to $33.

To prepare for the 2011 calendar, Fugit and many of her friends took lots of pictures of recognizable landmarks or businesses on Captiva and Sanibel and, after lots of picture taking and consideration, Fugit decided to capture several iconic island locales — including the Sanibel Lighthouse, McCarthy’s Marina, the original Lazy Flamingo and Doc Ford’s — in stunning watercolor scenes.

The 2011 calendar is available in two sizes — 11 by 14 inches and 5 by 7 inches — but because the pages of the calendar aren’t bound together, they can be easily displayed in various ways.

“I have the larger ones framed, but I display the small one on a little easel,” Fugit said. “The lighthouse is one of my favorites for 2011.”

“If you’ve been to the area, it’s something that reminds you of the vacation, it makes you want to come back. It’s a great memento,” Campbell said. “But it’s also a great piece. You don’t just stick it to your wall with a thumbtack.”

On Sanibel, the calendars are available at Suncatcher’s Dream, The Sanctuary Golf Shop and Doc Ford’s. On Captiva, you can find them at ‘Tween Waters Inn, Jensen’s Marina, McCarthy’s Marina, The Island Store and Captiva Blooms.

If you have questions about the calendars, Diane Fugit or RuthCarole Designs, send an e-mail to ruthcaroledesigns@yahoo.com.