Sunday, January 21, 2018

Walking Marion Avenue

Marion Avenue is one of Punta Gorda's main streets.  It faces a small park.  I took a walk.

Kitt Moran is a singer and artist who exhibits at Sea Grape Gallery, a cooperative art gallery.
She also takes a turn greeting visitors in the gallery.

Gabrielle works at Carrie's Interiors, next door.  At least she does, if my notes are right.

Judith was further down the street.  She wanted to take her reading glasses off, but I insisted.

A singer and guitar player entertained the midday drinkers at Dean's South of the Border.
He kept on playing over the noise of a drunken heckler from Tennessee.
I didn't interrupt him to get his name.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Naples Preserve

Naples Preserve is a small parcel of untouched natural land within the Naples city limits, 
sandwiched between busy Route 41, a big shopping mall and baseball fields.  
The eco-center is in a distinctive 1960s building.

There is a boardwalk through the preserve.  I saw a lot of gopher tortoises and took several photos,
but gopher tortoises don't make especially interesting subjects -- they look like
brownish black rocks -- so I deleted the pictures.

A lot of the trees are scrub pines with appealing scaly and shaggy bark. There was a plaque for the country's biggest myrtle oak.  I went looking.  About 20 feet away I found a temporary sign informing visitors that the tree fell during Hurricane Irma.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Farmer's Market

 Punta Gorda had a nice little market last Saturday.  I got local honey from John and toffee from Phil.



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Boat Graveyard

Just off Interstate Route 75 in Charlotte County, boats go to die.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Day of the Dead?

This painting was outside a store on First Street in Fort Myers.
It looks like the "Day of the Dead" (Día de Muertos) sugar skull figures.
Sorry, I didn't see an explanation. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pets on Third

 Third Street South in Naples was the scene of Pets on Third, which begins with a parade (I was at breakfast and missed) and then has lots of milling around.

A mortified poodle.

Pet pythons.

A pet skunk.

I see it every day, but I do not understand treating dogs like babies.

Numerous rescue organizations were represented.

Monday, January 15, 2018

A. Jaron Design Studio

A jewelry boutique on Bayshore Boulevard in Naples displays another mural by Marcus Zotter.
Marcus has been featured here and two of his other murals here and here.
Visit Monday Mural for more murals.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Shops and Offices

An office along the Tamiami Trail (Route 41) always catches my eye.  It is home to places like dentists' and doctors' offices, massage and nail salons, real estate and insurance agencies and
a variety of other small businesses.

Another building with comparable tenants a little further south also catches my eye.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


I wandered into a small art gallery on a side street off Route 41 in Naples.  
Dennis showed me some of the colorful abstract paintings his partner Brad and he make.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018


A foggy morning greeted Naples yesterday.  It burned off around noon.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Curt was outside his real estate office enjoying some fresh air.  I asked him about how business is.
(I am neither buying nor selling . . . just curious.)  

Sales are up considerably from a year ago, surprisingly so after Irma.
Buyers are looking for new construction, so a lot of the activity is in East Naples.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Naples New Year's Art Show - III

My photographs from the weekend art show end today.

Glory Sheba Spinuzzi is from Sri Lanka.  She is a self taught artist who focuses on seascapes and still lifes.  Many artists' rendering of waves seem wooden to me, but Glory's paintings capture the light, movement and force beautifully.  Glory has been on this blog before with a still life.

Linda Heath's father talked her out of an art career out of college, so she spent years in commercial real estate and diplomatic service.  In Japan on business, she saw Gyotaku, the art of daubing fish and other marine life in paint and rolling them on rice paper.  She was hooked.  It is what she does now.

Lorri Honeycutt is a photographer with a sense of humor.  She stages photographs with the miniature people used in model train sets to make her viewers look twice.

Dennis Goodman is a Naples fine arts photographer who specializes in wildlife and nature. 
You see some alligators and the Naples Pier on the wall behind Dennis.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Naples New Year's Art Show - II

Second of three days showing artists at the New Year's Art Show.

Jason Pavalonis was my favorite photographer at this year's show.  He offered big, clean photographs.  I loved the photo behind him of a Hungarian waterfront scene in fog.  He also showed a terrific
 spiral staircase photo and a photo of three masked Venetian women dressed for Carnevale.

Anna Saulino is from the East Coast of Florida now, after spending a few years on 
an Italian island.  She makes gold and silver jewelry.  

 I dress conservatively and traditionally, but I like to see colorful and funky clothes.
Robert Stadnycki's booth had a big sign, "OK To Have Too Much Fun!"  True.  

Maybe I am going to be posting monthly photographs of fabric artist Jane Vallejo
She is not afraid of color, either.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Naples New Year's Art Show - I

One of the biggest and best outdoor art shows is being held this weekend on Fifth Avenue South.  
I wandered around, saw some wonderful things and had some good talks with artists.  
The photos will be spread across three days.

Marilyn Endres and her partner Eucled Moore are from Driftwood, Texas.  They make striking and intricate wood turnings, some of which incorporate mandela-like beadwork.  I loved this piece but can't imagine the patience it requires.  It is worth clicking on the link to see 
more pieces and read about their techniques.

Gerardo Leccese makes funny tri-dimensional artwork that incorporates interior design,
architecture, photography and painting.  His shirt, scarf and hat
fit with the style of his work, don't you think?

Jack Pine is an Ohio glassblower who showed wonderful glass urns, vases, bowls and and other decorative forms reminiscent of Louis Tiffany.  His unusual specialty is making glass pumpkins.  Click on the link to see and read about those unusual pumpkins. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Kathy sat across from me at a very crowded sandwich shop.  She was a critical care nurse for many years, but now she provides palliative and hospice care in an elderly housing community.
After so many years in a high stress job, a slower pace is welcome.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Though it does not compare with the brutal cold, heavy snow and bitter winds up north,
it is atypically cool down here in Southwest Florida.  Today is expected to be in the 30s 
overnight before reaching the high 50s (maybe 60) during the day.

When most days in the winter are in the 70s and often reach into the 80s, there is little reason to head to the beach on days like this.  Yesterday Barefoot Beach was nearly empty except for a brave
few people in heavy jackets walking along the beach and the occasional fisherman.

Rental boats stayed in their slips, too.  No one wanted to be out on the water.  But, 
normal weather is expected to return by Monday.