Artist of the Month
Our artist this month is Craig Peterson. He enjoys teaching watercolor classes and is a freelance artist for a national greeting card company. His paintings include details from his native rural Indiana and Ohio, and from the eastern seacoast which he enjoys. Because he is now here full-time, one can also see increasingly Beach themes and places. Meet him on November 12 for reception from 3:30 to 5:30pm.
In the multi-purpose room of Kids Place, enjoy the tree of Fort Myers Beach. The 9' tall with 11' canopy diameter column clad Gumbo Limbo tree is handcrafted on a steel substructure with naturalistic, tactile, and durable bark texture. The tree is hand-carved, hand-sculpted, hand-painted, and scenically aged to reflect the nuances of a 65 year old Gumbo Limbo tree.
Photographs and documents that chart the history of the Beach Library since its inception in 1955.
Housed in two cases and located by the elevator on the second floor, this collection of dolls from around the world has been donated by Mrs. F. Preston Root. Mrs. Root's husband was a foreign representative for Eastman Kodak, and these dolls represent their world travel that spanned the years between the two world wars. Dainty and elegant, some of these dolls are made with materials no longer used and are hand-painted with artistic techniques. Additions to the collection have been possible as donors have given one or more dolls to the Library in recent years.
Joshua Lionel Cowen opened a small shop in New York City in 1900, establishing the Lionel Manufacturing Company. He created a motorized toy train car for store window displays. It turns out, customers were more interested in the little train than what it carried. With that, Lionel Trains were born. Beach resident, Rick Sebastian has graciously lent his model trains for display on the second floor of the library. His collection ranges from the late 1940s to early 2000.
Sand & Bloom
Sand sculptures and blooming plants. See pictures of the new exhibit now!
Featured are a set of photographs by James Rodwell that highlights native flowers of the 60 acre Matanzas Pass Preserve located near the library.
Housed in multiple cases on the second floor are a collection of shells from around the world, many from the local shores. Thanks to Ruth and Jeff Brame, two early settlers on the Beach, who began the initial collection. In recent years shells have been added to the treasures from the collections of Mary Ellen Bradford, Sylvia Van Bergen and Susan Yehle.
On the 2nd floor near the elevator, one can find vintage photos of Fort Myers Beach yesteryear, and near the water fountains on the same floor, post cards of Fort Myers Beach that were part of each succeeding decade.
Enjoy a Fort Myers Beach Historic Island Tour by taking in the map "Footprints in Time" offering a self-guided QR Code tour of historic landmark vistas.
Enjoy the gathering of abstract paintings featuring a permanent collection donated by local artist Donald Musto.
A variety of Florida bird photographs by Lana Petersen are available to the left of the bay window near the Health Collection.
Ancient Indian Arrowheads
& Other Artifacts
Ancient Indian arrowheads and other artifacts from the Gulf Coastal region. Through the courtesy of Rick Burkhard, Fort Myers Beach.