Arts and culture

Deborah Feingold

The 12th Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference runs Nov. 2-5 at BIG Arts and the Sanibel Island Public Library.  The event’s extensive list of speakers, authors and musicians attracts aspiring and professional writers alike from all over the country to hone their craft through a long weekend of meetings, lectures and workshops.  

The Alliance for the Arts in Lee County serves as a kind of regional hub for arts and culture in Southwest Florida.  The Alliance’s 10-acre campus hosts more than 100 theatrical performances a year as well as music concerts, gallery exhibitions, film screenings, festivals, a green market, classes for art enthusiasts of all ages and mediums and much more. 

Leoma Lovegrove

Oct 11, 2017
Leoma Lovegrove

Internationally acclaimed impressionist-expressionist painter and philanthropist Leoma Lovegrove takes a break from her Matlacha gallery and studio space to join us in our studio.  Her paintings, often characterized by their vibrant colors, have come to exemplify Southwest Florida and in many ways have helped put Southwest Florida on the map. 

Clyde Butcher

Oct 11, 2017
Courtesy, Clyde Butcher

Internationally renowned photographer and environmental advocate Clyde Butcher has been hiking deep into the Big Cypress National Preserve, the western Everglades and other natural Florida locations for more than 30 years, capturing his iconic black and white photographs of our region’s pristine wild spaces. 

Mike Kiniry

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is now in its 10th year bringing a broad range of arts events to Southwest Florida.  Run by the non-profit Florida Arts, Inc., the Center’s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Fort Myers hosts exhibitions, galas, lectures, poetry readings, and concerts featuring world-renounced artists and up-and-coming local talent as well.