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Tracy Owen Cullimer is Library monthly artist

October 5, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour starts at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Knitting & Needlecraft group meets Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Activities

The children's program on October 5 is a special time for families as we are visited by Keri Hendry, who will highlight the world of pirates, a subject that seems to intrigue children and not a few adults.

Artist of the Month

We are pleased to highlight the works of Tracy Owen Cullimer this month. She paints various subjects in watercolor and oil. She is drawn to and specializes in portraits of people and pets, done in oil, watercolor or charcoal.

She is proud to use the traditional means of hand drawing or painting and her results reflect an honest interpretation from fine art materials. When working on portraits, she is more concerned about the unique character and nuances of the individual than an acceptable similarity. As she puts it, a good portrait is a likeness that goes beneath the skin, a gesture and a look in the eyes that you recognize. Keep a bit of extra time in your schedule when stopping for the exhibit, as viewing the paintings from a few angles will yield a special pleasure. She absolutely refused to use photoshop or other instant software to enhance anything that might simulate a painting. "I am not the reporter with a camera, but the artist with a brush."


The elevator pit is ready for the next step with the foundation and support deep into the ground in place. This is exciting news as it means we are moving toward that time when construction will start to go quickly. The forms you may notice from Estero or side streets are those for the wall of the parking area under the expansion. Once the forms are in place, and then concrete is PIP (poured in place).


We had a busier month in August than last summer. Considering that we are in construction mode where access was a bit more of a challenge for a few weeks and also less scheduled events, it is interesting that residents and visitors have spent more time reading and studying. This is certainly an experience shared by many public libraries, as the library is increasingly becoming the "place" of community activity.

One example of how people use "place": Two friends visit the library almost every day looking for a quiet place to study. But there are times, they explain, when their study turns out into just hanging out.


Continue to enjoy the array of owls on display in the large case near the first floor catalog stations. A separate digital presentation also gives further notes about the fascinating world of owls.

In the case near the DVDs is one concentrating on bags made from recycled sails. At first thought one might think there is not much to explore but on closer view that thought quickly changes. The bags on display are the creative work of Joan Martis. When it comes to being eco-chic, not just any bag will do for Joan. As you can see from the display, the variety of bags is a way to express one's style and be good to our planet.

Library Hours

When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours of operation, either on 765-8162 or on 765-8163. Except for holidays, we are open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 8, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5, and Saturday 9 to 1. We look forward to seeing you.



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