Artist of the Month
October's Artist of the Month, W. Jeffrey Mudgett, moved to Fort Myers Beach in 1968 and has been an architect in Fort Myers for the past 24 years. He holds a Bachelor's of Design in Architecture and a Masters of Architecture, working for architects, planners and landscape architects in California, Florida and Italy, places one sees reflected in the exhibit. In his photographs, he tries to share his sense of awe in the amazing things humanity has built over the past 3,000 years. As a traveler, he tries to catch a piece of the unique character of places and hopefully catch something that not everyone easily sees. As an artist, he tries to combine all of these things with drama, humor, criticism or ambiguous whiffs of a story. All images in his photographs are taken with either a hand held 35mm film camera or full frame digital SLR camera. The film photographs are custom llfochrome prints from color film positives.
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.
Enjoy this display of photo ops--photographs utilized in greeting cards by photographer Jeffrey M. Dodge of Fort Myers Beach.
Driftwood Art & Furniture
On display on the 2nd and 3rd floors (and a few pieces in the Sand Gallery) are rustic pieces of driftwood art and furniture, all handmade, from the creative hands and perspective of Phil Rivera. He refers to them as Felipe's Creations.
2nd and 3rd Floor
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.
Sand & Bloom
Sand sculptures and blooming plants.
Enjoy the gathering of abstract paintings featuring a permanent collection donated by local artist Donald Musto.