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San-Cap Art League’s annual show to highlight local plein air artists
February 8, 2018

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Best known as the "Clothesline Sale," the Sanibel-Captiva Art League is set to host its Annual Art Show for the 16th year, which will feature all local artists exhibiting island-inspired pieces.

Approximately 30 artists are participating in the event, taking place Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Community House on Sanibel. The participants paint year-round to show and sell their work.

"So there's lots of local scenes that people paint," event coordinator Kathy Taylor said. "The Sanibel Lighthouse, the historical village, Bailey Homestead. People will see things that they recognize."

Free and open to the community, the show will consist entirely of plein air paintings.

"It's when we paint outdoors," she said.

While the method may be the same, the media will vary.

"It's oil paintings, watercolor, pastels, acrylic," Taylor said. "It's painting on canvas, paper, silk."

"The artists do a variety of things," she added.

What makes the event stand out - and where it gets its nickname from - is every exhibitor is provided with two 10-foot sections of clothesline on which to hang their matted unframed artwork.

In addition, seven artists will be exhibiting inside of The Community House.

"We're not investing in frames, but that means they can attain pieces at reasonable prices," Taylor said, adding that it also makes it easier for buyers who do not like frames or prefer to pick out their own.

For the artists, it keeps the costs associated with participating reasonable, too.

"It's sort of a low-key way for the artists to do this," she said.

Taylor explained that none of the artists are from outside of the area, state or country.

"We're not a big event. We're not one of the big art shows," she said. "We're all local."

Taylor noted that the bigger shows require booth fees and such.

"Some of the artists would be in a big art show, but most of them would not," she said. "So it makes it affordable for the artists to showcase their work."

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to the participants about their work.

"We find that people like to meet the artists. People can walk around and chat with them," Taylor said.

"It's been very popular and people look forward it to," she added.

The day before the show, about a dozen members of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League will be set up outside of Bailey's General Store from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the monthly Art on the Veranda.

Coordinator Anita Force Marshall noted that the event has been going on for about 15 years.

"It's just an outreach for our club that has been on the island for about 50 years," she said.

The exhibition is held on the second Saturday, from November through April.

"It's all original (work)," Marshall said. "That's what makes us unique."

Prints are not available, only single unique pieces.

"Every artist has their own style," she said. "It's all paintings."

The artwork ranges from small to very large, as well as unframed and framed.

The members get repeat customers, and they are available for commissions.

"It's a great venue to purchase fine art at a great price," Marshall said.

She encouraged the community to swing by.

"You don't have to spend the day, you can just come through and view the booths," Marshall said, calling the activity family-friendly. "It's a fun day - and we get to promote our art league."

For more information, visit online at www.sancapart.com.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

Bailey's General Store is at 2477 Periwinkle Way.

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