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Art Walk makes debut at new location

January 16, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Hampered a bit by competing events and a new location, the Lee County Arts Center Art Walk on Saturday, drew a small but fairly steady crowd.

The event at Merchants Crossing had several other events to contend with, including larger art shows in Cape Coral and Bonita Springs which bring in tens of thousands, but as it turned out, North Fort Myers Art Walk was a good place to go to whet the appetite.

The move provided a fresh start for the event, which Maryanne Howard, the arts center president, appreciated.

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Mike Mason, of Cape Coral, with some of his photography for sale at the Art Walk at Merchants Crossing on Saturday.


"We want to thank the owners of Merchants Crossing the opportunity to showcase our artists. We hope for success for both of us by continuing to have our walks here," Howard said. "We have a great relationship and they have been very accommodating.

There were 13 vendors that ran the gamut from painters, to ceramics to photography.

Bob Taylor, of North Fort Myers, had some paintings of area wildlife, including a couple pictures of the horses at Pritchett Farm.

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"I came here from Maryland and started painting wildlife and some lighthouses near where I live," Taylor said. "Painting is a tough business if you're not well known. I've given away most of it."

Mike Mason, of Cape Coral, is a photographer selling color and black-and-white photos of area landmarks. The larger the photo, the more expensive.

"I go walking in the morning and when a scene finds me, I photograph it. The photographs find me, I don't find them," Mason said. "For some photos, I move a quarter of an inch in each direction to get the right perspective."

While Taylor said things were slow, Mason said business was good that day, Taylor was toward the end of the walk, with Mason in the middle.

For those who didn't attend, there will be three more chances to experience it in 2019 on the second Saturday of the month.

Art Walk started in July and went through the end of the year at the Hancock Bridge Square Shopping Center, but after a promising start, attendance slowed, prompting a move to a busier location.



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