A unique art event is coming to the Marco Island Historical Museum in January.
The focus: Paintings of area artists capturing the stories of Southwest Florida pioneers. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts and MIHM have teamed up to create this art show which will bring such historic figures as Tommie Barfield, Captain Bill Collier and members of the Olds Family to life through original paintings.
In all, 25 artists from Collier and Lee counties will be featured. The artists sough inspiration in historic paintings from the 1800s to the early 1900s to create their original works. The historic black and white photographs were provided by local historians, Bill and Betsy Perdichizzi, as well of the Collier County Museum.
The artists will be introduced at an opening reception on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 5-7 PM, at the gallery at MIHM. Visitors will have the opportunity to win some special prizes including an original painting by local artist Carolyn Burger, which depicts Saloma and her sister, Rosalie Olds, picking flowers in front of an old shanty they discovered in the Caxambus section of Marco Island. Members of the Historical Society will also be present in costume depicting historical characters including Drs. Louis and Mary Olds, Bion Barnett, an early Florida banker and Tommie Barfield — the Queen of Marco. Refreshments will be provided by the Marco Island Historical Society.
“Painting Southwest Florida History” will be at MIHM until March 21. It will be open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, allowing visitors to learn about the pioneers who raised their families on Marco, first put in the roads, built the public schools and brought businesses to the area.
For more information, contact MIHM at 239-642-1440.