To the editor:
The Fort Myers Beach Art Association would like to thank our sponsors, the visitors and guests that attended the events, purchased art and raffle tickets and were so kind to our participating artists. The Gala was well attended and the delicious food served by Fish House Restaurant, South Beach Grill, Sand Bar, Skye's and Truly Scrumptious was spectacular. Music by the Cypress Lake String Quartet provided the perfect backdrop for the evening. Jo List sang beautifully at our Saturday Jazz Cafe and was enjoyed by all who attended.
Sponsors Fish Tale Marina and Santini Marina Plaza with Al and Kathy Durrett and Marketing Director Georgia Reinmuth did an outstanding effort of supporting this event and the art association. We cannot begin to thank them for the time, effort and money they have devoted to Paint the Beach. We at the art association are hugely grateful to them.
Contributing sponsors: Holiday Inn (FMB), Beach Pub, Silver Sands, Island Sand Paper and national sponsors Liquitex, Guerrrilla Painter, Paper, Plein Air Magazine, Chartpak, Cheap Joes and American Frame helped to make this event possible. Our local newspapers The Sand Paper and the Beach Observer did a terrific job of helping us promote the event on the beach. Thank you to the Town of Fort Myers Beach who helped us with parking and venues.
A huge thank you to Skye's Restaurant, Capt. Phil Pica, Capt Neil Eisner, Sun Collection, Key West Express and Comfort Inn that donated items for the lively auction done by Corky Condon, Al Durrett and Mimi Little. This first time event was lots of fun and bidders were generous. Thank you!
And lastly, we thank all the artists who spent a week with us painting our beautiful town. Rain and wind and sun did not defeat them and they turned out wonderful pieces of art. Everyone is already talking of "next year" so plan to be a part of it all. Photos of the event will be on our website at fortmyersbeachart.com soon.
Chairman of 2012 Paint the Beach
Fort Myers Beach Art Association