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ArtWalk returns with hope for monthly events around NFM

October 10, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

After the success of the first North Fort Myers ArtWalk in July, the Lee County Arts Center hopes the next one is also a hit as the event returns to the Hancock Bridge Square Shopping Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Plans are to make ArtWalk a regular event to be held the second Saturday of every month at various locations throughout North Fort Myers.

Maryanne Howard, president of the Lee County Arts Center, said there are 18 vendors expected to showcase and sell their work, with numerous demonstrations and activities for walkers to enjoy this weekend.

"Two or three of our jewelry vendors will be teaching wire wrapping and our canvas we had displayed will be closer to where people will be walking, so if they want to do painting, they can," Howard said. "It would be a remembrance for when we finally get a building."

Local artists have also donated their work to the Lee County Arts Center table as a fundraiser.

Howard said the center is looking for someone who can do handbuilding pottery techniques. The center has a member who did it, and taught it, to those who don't have a machine.

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The arts center is looking to do more Art Walks, as many as one per month, from November to April at different venues.

"Members said if they knew it was every month, they would sign up in advance. They voted to have one in November before the holiday and from January through April during season," Howard said. "Those are not rainy months and we don't have to have them under the canopy."

Howard said management at Merchants Crossing has expressed interest in hosting, but not until the new year and not until they can figure out the logistics.

The first ArtWalk in July was lucky in that the summers rains stayed away.

Howard said she will not likely do that again.

"Unless we had an indoor location, it's too hot for the people. It also affects the artist's work. One artist had to bring a generator to keep her work cool," Howard said. "We don't want people's art to be destroyed because of weather."

Howard also said on Nov. 4, the arts center will hold "Create a Christmas Ornament" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, sponsored by the Lee County Arts Center and free to children.

The ornaments will be used to decorate the Christmas Tree at Rec Center.

All children need to be registered for this event at

The Hancock Bridge Square Shopping Center is at 13500 N. Cleveland Ave.



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