The Boutique features the works of over 60 Collier County Artists. All offer a unique taste of life in Southwest Florida. From the serene to the whimsical, there are paintings, prints, pottery, photographs, driftwood art, fine woodwork, artwork in pencil and in ink, jewelry, jewelry boxes, mosaics, masks, note cards and postcards. And I’m probably only half covering it. The Art Boutique at Tin City has a great story as well as a great collection.
The boutique was started in January of 2009 by the art-loving Tin City property owner who wanted to give space for local artists of exceptional talent to showcase their work. Most of the exhibiting artists are juried members of Naples ArtCrafters and Naples Art Association; both organizations hold monthly outdoor art festivals in Cambier Park. And, of course, those fine artists have introduced more fine artists. Manager Julie Fox calls it “Art in the Park everyday!”
Fox is proud that their selections coverevery budget, and she should be. A lot of work went into making local art accessible to the public and every square inch is utilized to that end. Fox also makes a point of making the artists accessible by providing their business cards and brochures to interested collectors who would like to see more…and that is not standard gallery biz, I assure you.
Tin City has a lot to offer: waterfront restaurants, boat tours and private charters, and NO CHAIN STORES. As long as you’re there (and I know you go everywhere I send you), make a point to step into Docks by Jen, where Jennifer Norqual hand-makes charming 3-D dock scenes out of odd bits of wood and what-nots and then lovingly paints them according to local venues. Good stuff. And stop by The Naples Backyard History, located next to the Art Boutique. Vintage photographs of the area grace the walls and there’s a television that plays a collection of recorded oral histories with scenes of days gone by.
Tara O’Neill has been an area resident since 1967. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Florida, Tampa, and currently has a studio-gallery at the Artist Colony at the Esplanade on Marco Island. She can be contacted through her web site www.taraogallery.com.