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CCA’s Spring Social open to the community

By Staff | Mar 26, 2019

The Captiva Civic Association is closing in on the end of season with a friendly gathering for all.

Open to members and non-members, the annual Spring Social will take place on April 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center. Executive Director Paul Garvey explained that the free event provides the island community with an opportunity to meet up and catch up and enjoy some homemade food.

“It’s our final social event of the season,” he said. “It’s just a nice get-together.”

Attendees are asked to bring their favorite appetizer to share.

“We’ll have our traditional donation bar,” Garvey said.

He noted that while CCA business is not normally discussed, it will make a special announcement during this year’s event. Member Shirley Stanton will be named as an honorary CCA member.

“Which is something that is done every great once in awhile,” Garvey said.

Founded in 1936, the CCA currently has only 12 honorary members.

The last honorary member named was Bill Riley in 2009.

“It’s something that we do for members who have given a lot to the organization,” he said.

According to Garvey, the designation of honorary member is reserved for CCA members who have performed exceptional services for both the island association and the community.

“Shirley is an enthusiastic member of the organization, having first been first elected to the board in 2002 and having served several terms through 2015 in the roles of president, VP, secretary and treasurer,” he said. “Always of good cheer and full of energy, Shirley has chaired many committees, including the ABC Sale and Scholarship Committee, in addition to activities at the Chapel-by-the-Sea.”

“So, we’ll take the opportunity to bestow the honorary membership on Shirley and thank her for all of the wonderful things she’s done over the years,” Garvey added.

During the social, the CCA’s final exhibit of the season will still be on display.

“People can come in and enjoy that,” he said.

Curated and produced by Robert Fontaine, a former CCA scholarship recipient and owner of the blue chip Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami, the show is titled “Island Contemporary.” A group exhibition, it highlights local and international contemporary works by critically-acclaimed and historically-relevant master artists, alongside local emerging talents. The selection covers the past 100 years of art history.

Along with Robert Rauschenberg, some of the artists include Stella Farwell, Susan Sherlock, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Rosie Gilligan, Luis Lazo, Louise Nevelson, Pablo Picasso, Larry Rivers, RYCA, Strook, Vickie Vainionp and Bernar Venet – a mix of known names and up-and-comers.

The community is invited to stop by for the event.

“It’s just a fun gathering of friends and neighbors,” Garvey said.

The “Island Contemporary” exhibit will run through April 25. The gallery is open for viewing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m.; viewings also available by appointment.

All of the artwork is available for purchase, with a portion to benefit the CCA.

For more information, visit www.ccacaptiva.org or call 239-472-2111.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane.