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Bushnell is Beach Library Artist of Month

December 7, 2011
By Dr. Leroy Hommerding , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Weekly Activities

Preschool Story Hour for children on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10:30 a.m.

Grief During the Holidays meets Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register.

Writing Class on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Ready, Set

The library is graced in holiday array this week for the season, thanks to the kindness and inspiration of the Estero Island Garden Club.

Activity Details

The death of a loved one can make the holidays a harder time. Compare notes and get some healing ideas by participating in the Grief session on Dec. 8.

Writing class with Corinne Thwing continues. The encouragement and insights makes this time most worthwhile.

Artist of the Month

Fred Bushnell shares his paintings this month in the Conference Room. Almost all of the works on display are ones Fred painted during this past summer. One can immediately see that not only does he enjoy the oil painting but the talent does seem to flow.

Fred spent 45 years as a farmer and began to paint seriously in 1990. He paints what he knows. For example, it's easy to see that he notices the rural aspects of our landscape and likely sees it in whatever state he travels. When you enjoy the current show, it will be easy to conclude that he and his wife spent the summer in Montana and the West.

The paintings are done in oil. Oil paint is richly textured medium and its slow-drying feature gives the artist time to keep working with the scene until the desired effect is reached. We appreciated that Fred took the effort to transport these paintings across country. While oil paintings will appear to be dry within a few days, in point of fact, only the top layer has dried enough to touch it. Since the oil paintings can take several months to dry completely, enjoy this last part of the process.


This month features custom jewelry in the case near the DVDs. Marguerite Ranney has had fun designing the pieces on display. One can quickly notice that there's a clear theme: a Beach or holiday motive is most evident. For those who want to try their own hand, consider the jewelry making class on December 14 at 1 p.m.


Walls for the first floor are going into place. One can almost see the progress from going by in the morning and passing by again toward evening. Exciting! I continue to appreciate the many affirming comments received.


Many readers have come to look forward to the writing style of novelist Ann Patchett. She became well-known through the bestselling "Run" (in regular & large print and on CD, PAT), "The Patron Saint of Liars" (in regular print and on CD, PAT), and "Bel Canto" (in regular & large print and on CD, also PAT). In addition, check out her "Taft" and two works of non-fiction "Truth & Beauty" (312.196 PAT) and "What Now?" (158.1 PAT). Once you've tried at least two of these, then consider picking up her latest "State of Wonder" (in regular & large print and on CD, PAT).

Patchett opened a bookstore in her native Nashville, determined that every community must have a bookstore and a library. She notes that business has been brisk so far and not just because people want to see a famous author. She goes on to say "I'm not the draw. People are coming in because they want books." We can relate to that!


In the display case at the top of the stairs, enjoy the creations of Sharon Kelly. Featured are examples of what can be done with sea shells--they express her love of the Beach and utilize the shells she collects.

Library Hours

Don't remember library hours? Call for information. When we are closed, a recorder gives the hours of operation, either on 765-8162, or on 765-8163.We look forward to seeing you.



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