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Although, really, they never left – the Fort Myers Beach Art Association exhibits are back after a summer break.

For those who enjoy the mix of oil colors on canvas, the texture of watercolors, and the striking and profound images that the association’s talented artists are capable of producing, the October Membership Show is a welcome start. for a new season of art on the beach.

The October Membership Show has some remnants of the Extended Summer Show, but is otherwise brand new. The exhibit will run until November 11 before making way for The Fall Judged Show on November 15. The October Membership Show features large paintings as well as small, tangled, uniformed works known as mini masters.

In Studio 2, the Summer Gallery Painters Group Show is taking place simultaneously.

Fort Myers Beach Art Association advertising director Pam Flaherty said the past year has been a big success for the artists at the gallery.

Julie Nusbaum’s “At the Beach” watercolor on yupo is one of many works of art on display at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association Gallery’s October Membership Exhibition through November 11. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

“We recorded record sales and admissions for all shows in 2020”, said Flaherty. “People were buying a lot more last year.”

Flaherty said other gallery owners have reported similar success – one reason being that more people “Stayed at home during the pandemic and worked on their homes. Our artists, because they weren’t on the move, painted everywhere.

The organization’s outdoor group, which goes out once a week by decision, has also grown.

While the art association’s gallery is open during the summer, its opening hours were shorter. The new seasonal hours for the gallery are Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For those who are still sensitive to the idea of ​​going out and mingling with people during the pandemic, the arts association is providing a link on its website so people can see more than a dozen entries online.

Fort Myers Beach Art Association Director of Advertising Pam Flaherty. / Photo by Nathan Mayberg

In November, a garage sale will take place at the gallery at the intersection of Donora Boulevard and Shell Mound Boulevard.

The Fall Judged Show, known as “Endless beginnings” will receive works for the show until November 12.

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