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Art display celebrates Lee County's 125th anniversary

January 2, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall is supporting local artists by giving them an opportunity to display their artwork in her Fort Myers office.

For the next several weeks the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of Southwest Florida will display their work celebrating 125 years of Lee County in the District 4 Office at the Old County Courthouse in downtown Fort Myers.

The display includes portraits of historical and current Lee County locals.

The work will be on display until Jan.

The public is welcome to stop by and view the work and learn more about the artists. Call 533-2226 to confirm office hours for viewing the artwork.

"The arts are an important part of the cultural and development of our community," Hall said. "I believe that government can play an important role in public awareness, developing the use of public spaces for display and interaction of art, and for the encouragement and commitment of continued financial support both public and private of all the arts."

Other local artists will be featured every six weeks.

Hall's office is on the First Floor of the Old County Courthouse, at 2120 Main St. in Fort Myers.

About the artists

- Tracy Cullimore is a portrait painter who specializes in figure and face. She works in oil and watercolor and insists on a likeness that goes beneath the skin to the personality of the subject. She is past president of the Ft. Myers Art League.

- Toni Dattwyler is a former art teacher at Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers and a retired registered nurse for Lee Memorial Health System. Primarily a pastel portrait artist, she also works in charcoal and graphite.

- Betsy Koscher has been a portrait artist for 10 years. Her portrait of the founder of the Somers Academy hangs there. She is the director of Rutabaga Fine Arts Gallery of Ludlow, Mass., and also teaches. She is the exhibition chair for Portrait & Figure Painters Society.

- Julie Olander.

- Renate Reuter has over 40 years corporate work experience in upper management and is a professional artist since 2002. In 2007, she created successfully the Portrait and Figure Painters Society of SW Florida and celebrated their fifth anniversary. She arranges educational workshops, open sessions for communities and visitors, and assists artists.

- Dorothy Salcedo specialized in portraiture and reproductions of Renaissance masterpieces. She studied at the Louvre in Paris, El Prado in Madrid and in Florence, Italy. She specializes in American Native arts and has a painting "Chief Buffalo" at a museum in Wisconsin. She is great-great-great granddaughter of Chief Buffalo.

- For Shelly Salter, portraiture and storytelling are the heart of the her work, compelling her to bring the past back to life. Commissions include portraiture for the Bonita Springs Historical Society; Ken Norton, former Heavyweight Champion of the World; The Yorkville Public Library; and Northern Illinois Painters and Drywaller's Union.



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