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Ready for the public's eye: Tara Phillips displays her artwork to the public Jan. 8

January 6, 2011

Local artist, child entertainer and 15-year island resident Tara Phillips is proud to announce her debut art show, scheduled Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Palms Bar and Grill, within the Holiday Inn, downtown Fort Myers, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tara, good friends with fellow colleague and artist Alan Mishaga, loves the fact that her debut show will be raising funds and toys for charity, recently receiving a plaque of recognition for her efforts during a Southwest Florida fund-raiser for language disorders.

"I am thrilled to pieces for the Holiday Inn to host a reception celebrating my artwork, and we will be raising funds for Toys for Tots simultaneously," she said. "I like to be able to get involved with charities I can donate profits to any time I can. Other benefits I've helped with are the recent autism concert at Nervous Nellie's, a Breakfast with Santa, and the American Cancer Society. Anytime I can help local charities, I do it."

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'Purple Flower'

The Fort Myers Beach artist tells us a little about what types of media she works with.

"I do abstract style acrylic on canvas," she explained. "I also do black light art done with black light paint and actually painted in the black light. It's a unique style that comes out really cool. I've been producing whimsical artwork on canvases for over 10 years on Fort Myers Beach. When I learned about Henna tattoos and face and body-painting, I attended workshops and seminars, and I just started a children's entertainment business."

Aside from her painting projects, Tara dabbles in art of many forms, from entertaining children to wrapping and braiding hair, to her mentioned children's entertainment business and even designing her own website.

"I certainly like to keep busy," she laughed. "I do Henna tattoos, hair-braiding and hair wraps at Twisted Scissors (behind Hooters, by appointment), and also do character acting for children's entertainment and enjoyment at parties, get-togethers, birthday parties and more. I've dressed up as anything from pirates and princesses to clowns and fairies. They're totally theme-oriented while we do face-painting, glitter art, temporary and Henna tattoos, balloon animals, hair-braiding and wrapping, and all types of fun things for the kids big and small."

Be sure to visit TarasArtAnd to see some of her most recent work.

"When I made my website (, I included a page for my canvas artwork, some of which will be on display at The Holiday Inn. They liked my art so much, they've been requesting I cover more walls of their restaurant. I'm so excited!"

During her debut show Saturday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drink specials available, face and body-painted models showing some of her work, and Tara's art will be available for purchase.

An unwrapped toy or donation for the Toys for Tots charity will be graciously welcomed, but not necessary. For more information on Tara's art and other creative ventures, visit her website,



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