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Pine Island Art Association’s annual art show a success

By Staff | Feb 17, 2015

Once again cars were lined up from Burnt Store Road to Matlacha from before 10 a.m. until after 3 p.m. Saturday for the Pine Island Art Association’s Fine Art Show and Sale where hundreds of paintings were on display from local artists.

“We have been extremely busy since we opened the doors this morning,” artist Nance Werth said Saturday. “I think this will be a very successful event.

“My husband and I found Pine Island because I was an art teacher wanting to get away from the cold and my husband loves to fish,” Werth said. “I am a kayaker and love to take photographs of the wildlife here. After accumulating so many pictures I finally decided to get back to painting. I started classes here with the Pine island Art Association and everyone was so welcoming.”

Werth won “Best in Show” with her painting of two snowy egrets entitled “Duet.” “This was a picture I took in the small islands north of Bokeelia,” Werth said of her award-winning work. “These are pictures you can only get when you’re out on the water. I was kayaking up above Bokeelia and there were a whole bunch of birds and I snapped several pictures. This was translated from one of those pictures.”

There were hundreds of paintings on display from “mini” paintings to wall size paintings. Landscapes, seascapes, birds, fish, flowers in all painting mediums: watercolors, acrylics, oils and pastels. The “mini” paintings were 3 inches by 4 inches and sold for just $10 each.

“My husband and I have been coming out here for several years and this is one of the best art shows in Southwest Florida,” Connie Richter said. “We probably battled the traffic for a half hour but it’s worth it. There are so many talented people here. We always buy something.”