Naples Depot Museum Presents
The 20th Century Seminole Experience: Artwork by Muffy Clark Gill
January 4, 2019 - April 27, 2019
Informed by this accumulated wealth of intriguing historic data, Muffy Clark Gill began to observe and question how the Native Americans utilized the transportation devices of the white man and adopted them for their own uses. She found the images showing Native Americans observing modern transportation while canoeing by in their primitive vehicles very ironic—the worry that a tribal elder riding in a blimp could be life threatening. The couple who bought a rundown car to get to their destination while driving through the swamps inspired her to explore more.
Muffy Clark Gill begins by selecting and appropriating images, text and patterns, fragmenting and repositioning them into a cohesive theme. She incorporates the traditional wax and dye resist process known as batik, transferring the images using the dye transfer process. The work is further enhanced by applying paint and inks by hand. Once the composition is complete, the lined panels are then sewn together. Influenced by traditional methods of painting on fabric, she begins to paint on silk or rayon in the style of the Japanese Kimono, which to her, has a strong correlation to the traditional Seminole man’s jacket; both cultures having rich history of intricate, colorful patterns in their traditional garments.
Marco Island Historical Museum Presents
An Everglades Affair
February 6 - May 28, 2019
This exhibit features artwork by local artist Jo-Ann Sanborn. Jo-Ann finds inspiration from local ecosystems and specifically, views of the Everglades. The paintings seen during this exhibit were completed with this showing in mind. More on Jo-Ann’s preparations for this show can be found on her website, where she is posting video-blogs on her progress: joannsanborn.com. On her website, Jo-Ann writes “The Everglades has a story to tell. The forms of the palms, water and skies are ancient and familiar—but their composition, light, and color are unique to each day. I do not want to merely recreate the images, but to integrate their specialness into moments of lasting memory. The horizontal and vertical aspects of the forms within the Everglades intrigue me.”
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch Presents
Heritage & Harvest: Original Works by Paul Arsenault
January 9 - March 23, 2019
“Heritage & Harvest” depicts not only the abundance of natural resources that attracted and helped sustain the Calusa, Seminole and 19th Century settlers, but also the architectural expressions of that bounty including early homes, ranches, stores and waterfronts. The exhibit ranges geographically from the Everglades to Estero and inland to Immokalee, LaBelle and the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation.
Museum of the Everglades Presents
Skunk Apes, Scallywags, & Swamp Spirits
February 2 - May 3, 2019
It’s not always easy to separate fact from fiction when it comes to history – especially when you’re dealing with a region with roots as dark and mysterious as the Everglades. The “Skunk Apes, Scallywags, & Swamp Spirits” exhibit at Museum of the Everglades celebrates the blurring of that line – exploring long-standing stories of pirates, phantoms, moonshine and murder while giving Florida’s bigfoot – the Skunk Ape – another chance to make believers of us all. From silly stories to murder mysteries, there’s a tale here to tickle every fancy.