The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, “Never No More: Storter’s Southwest Florida” at the Marco Island Historical Museum. The exhibit is open to the public from September 15 through December 5 of this year. Admission is free.
The “Never No More: Storter’s Southwest Florida” exhibit features original drawings, paintings and sculptures by fisherman and folk artist Robert Lee Storter. Born in 1894 in Everglade (now Everglades City), he died in 1987 in Naples. His grandparents were some of the earliest settlers of the area, and the Storter’s were responsible for a many local firsts. His uncle, George Storter, founded the first general store and post office in Everglades City. His father was Robert Bembery Storter.
Robert Lee Storter was primarily known for his skill as a fisherman and guide in Southwest Florida. However, he was always creating art and documenting his world as he saw it. He was a self-taught artist with a focus on his daily life: fishing, wildlife, and the areas in and around Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City. His lifetime spanned an era of incredible change in Southwest Florida from a frontier land to a millionaire’s playground. His artwork documents these monumental changes, especially focusing on their effects on the land and wildlife.
The Marco Island Historical Museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free, and the site is handicapped accessible. Face coverings are required for entry, and social distancing and sanitizing practices are being followed. For general information, visit www.themihs.org or call 239-642-1440.