Sunday, November 28, 2021

A Call to Artists




The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and the Marco Island Historical Museum are working together to bring a unique art show to Marco Island called “Painting SW Florida History.” Artists from Collier and Lee counties are invited to participate in this exciting event, which will be held at the Marco Island History Museum, Jan. 6–March 21, 2015.

Southwest Florida was one of the last frontiers to be settled in our country. The stories of those early pioneers who came in the 1800s and early 1900s have been told through several books written locally and many old photographs. These old photographs show the struggles that the early settlers endured. Most of us have heard about Tommie Barfield who arrived in Caxambus with her family in 1902. Sometimes referred to as “Queen of Marco,” Tommie Barfield was an important figure in developing Marco Island and creating Collier County out of Lee County. As transportation by ferries, the railroad and later the building of the Tamiami Trail came to Southwest Florida, our area began to change from a frontier to a civilization. The stories of these early settlers continue to intrigue us because it was a hard life without the things we see today as necessities.

A “Call to Artists” is now being made to invite local artists to participate in this coming art show which will highlight the stories of the early pioneers who settled in Southwest Florida. By referring to old black and white photographs, artists will paint pictures showing the Indians and pioneers and their lifestyles when they first came to this area. Historical photographs have been generously offered to be used as



references by Bill and Betsy Perdichizzi, local historians who have written several books about the pioneering families of Marco Island. Artists may also use other historical photographs of Southwest Florida found at the Collier County Historical Museum website. Paintings of historical sites are welcome as well. All paintings in the art show must be originals and painted within the past three years.

This is a juried show. All artists are invited to submit three high resolution (300pi) jpeg images representing their work, including the title, size and medium to both Timothy England, director of the Marco Island Historical Museum, at and well-known local artist Malenda Trick at Malenda Trick will serve as the juror of this show. Be sure to put “Painting SW Florida History” in the subject line when you send the jpeg images. Most mediums will be accepted, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, charcoal, oil pastel, pencil, batik and mixed media.

The deadline for applying to be in the art show is Sept. 2. Artists will be notified by Sept. 16 if they are accepted into the show. We are hoping to have 30 or more artists participate. Accepted artists will then choose the old photographs that they wish to use as references for their paintings.

The complete “Call to Artists” can be seen at and a link at Interested artists may also call Carolyn Burger, president of Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, at 239-389-0280 or Timothy England, director of Marco Island Historical Museum, at 239-642-1440 for more information.

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