Wednesday, October 20, 2021



Tara O’Neill

Here we are at my second anniversary as the “Accidental Columnist.” Who‘da thunk? What say we shake things up a bit? Oh yes, let’s do.

My original intent (as much as I had one!) was to uncover for you, and to give exposure to, artists and art projects/ exhibits that might otherwise fly under your radar. Out of the mainstream. Off the grid. Important. I certainly never entertained the thought of being a ‘calendar of events.’

And while I don’t think I ever made it to ‘calendar’ status, I do believe I have strayed. Turns out, I just can’t get out there as much as I’d like – so I’m looking for you, Dear Readers, Dear Artists, Dear Gallery Owners and Curators, to help me.

As of this column, I will be taking a quasi-summer hiatus to regroup, refresh, and gather information about our local art treasures. You‘ll still be hearing from me, but, most importantly, I‘d like to hear from you..

Are you an artist? Is your shy-boots neighbor, or child, or parent, an artist? Are you a local gallery who is giving space to a relatively unknown artist? Perhaps you belong to a group of artists working for a greater good? Write me.

Please write me with any and all suggestions you have. If you have the subject, I have the questions. I ask that the subject be accessible, whether through public display, private studio/workshop, or web-site. I ask that the subject be connected to coastal Collier, and I ask that you e-mail me at AND put Art Uncovered in the subject line.

I remember from my own past experiences how difficult it was to capture the attention of the public, and, once I did, how wonderful it was to roll that snowball. Not easy, never easy, but oh so wonderful. And oh so rewarding. Many of my columns have been about the benefits of collaboration, Let’s you and I collaborate now to bring our hidden treasures into the light.

Look for Art Uncovered to return in September, brighter, and more revealing, than ever – with your help.

P.S. Does anyone know the fabulous artisan in Naples who creates GIANT carved and laminated fishing rods from assorted wood? I saw him at Marco’s first Seafood Fest and have been looking for him ever since.

Tara O’Neill, a lifelong artist, has been an area resident since 1967. She holds Bachelors Degrees in Fine Arts and English from the University of South Florida, and currently has a studio-gallery at the Artist Colony at the Esplanade on Marco Island. Check-out

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