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Pine Island Art Association’s 43rd Annual Art Show this weekend at Matlacha center

By Staff | Feb 11, 2015

One of Pine Island’s premier art shows will take place this weekend, Saturday Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Community Building in Matlacha Park, 4577 N.W. Pine Island Road, Matlacha. The shows hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is Greater Pine Island’s largest event. It provides a chance to step back in time to a Florida that is rapidly slipping away. Guests can savor the feeling of Florida as it once was and still is on Pine Island.

PIAA artists will welcome visitors at the door, encouraging them to view the artwork and speak to the artists.

Guests will also be welcome to linger to sample some home-baked refreshments before leaving.

“Last year’s art show was the most successful to date,” Phyllis Dowd said. “And I expect this year’s to be even more successful.”

Last year Connie Krug’s “Best of Show” acrylic painting was of two zebras standing crosswise with each of their heads resting on the back of the other.

“They stand this way so they can watch in all directions for predators,” Krug said. “I painted this from a photograph I took in Kenya. The photograph looks very similar to this but there’s always differences. The underpainting was done in an orange color to show a sort of translucency and veins in the ears. I just recently finished this painting and I don’t know how long it took to complete because my bliss is painting. I did start this last year and finished it sometime in December.”

The PIAA member show showcases the current work of many Florida artists. Guests will find works in acrylic, pastel, oil and watercolor also drawings large and small, all matted, framed and ready to hang in the home. Shoppers will be able to choose from paintings of Florida landscapes, seascapes, flowers, wildlife, beach scenes, boats and sunsets.

There will also be over 500 PIAA original mini paintings, all signed by the artist and all double matted. The popular 3 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch mini paintings are $10, tax included. Metal or wood mini frames sell for $10 or $15 each. These paintings can be displayed alone or in a group.

After visiting the PIAA show, guests will have time to wander through the former fishing village of Matlacha now designated an historic district. Former fishermen’s cottages have become brightly painted art galleries, shops and restaurants.