Artists & Authors Night at Edison Ford

12/05/2014

Local artist and author Doug MacGregor

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Annual Garden Market at Edison Ford

Fort Myers, FLA (December 4, 2014)  For people who are looking for gifts with museum quality and originality, the annual Artists & Authors at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a perfect opportunity to meet the artists and have work personalized. The event takes place on December 13, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Edison Ford Museum and the new Museum West Porch. Admission for the public to the Artists & Authors Night is FREE. Refreshments, a cash bar and live music will be included. 
 
Artists & Authors at Edison Ford is a very talented group who are also involved in teaching and lecturing, and show in galleries throughout the year. They also share a love of the property, nature, history and the arts.

Marie Adams, photographer, has a goal to capture birds in their natural habitat, while exhibiting their remarkable and intuitive daily activities.  Her large format photographs are typically presented on both canvas and in print form.

Marie Dyer, creates paintings, floor cloths, painted furniture, painted clothing and other decorated materials.  Her work has appeared in many publications, such as Southern Living, Chico’s catalog and other publications.  She also teaches art classes at Edison Ford.
 
Katie Gardenia is a world renowned artist and chef. Katie creates unique soft sculptures in colorful fabric and fiber materials.  Her book, “A Bubble Moment” is an art collage book, and is a treasure hunt for the reader, who journeys through envelopes of secret recipes, comical stories, and whimsical art and the history of Sanibel Island.
 
Kim Hambor, photographer, shoots infrared digitally. Kim transforms the digital images in Photoshop and uses archival inks and papers to produce fine art giclees.
 
Jim Hopton, artist and teacher, will show his latest creations made of hypertufa, including beautiful holiday orbs that incorporate live plants and copper leaf, orchid displays and one-of-a-kind hypertufa pots. 

Dale Johnson, woodturner, enjoys working with the exotic wood of the Edison Ford trees. His items include beautiful wooden pens which are presented as jewelry necklaces in wood from the Royal Poinciana and Banyan.

Jane Kirschner, author, has written a book for children of all ages who love Southwest Florida, called “Annabelle from Sanibel.”  Jane has raised a family of all boys, while living in Connecticut and is has been living in Florida for more than 30 years.   There might even be a secret recipe for Key Lime Pie in the book.

Megan Kissinger, artist and Conservator at Edison Ford, traditionally employs charcoal or paint on canvas in her fine art. Perhaps it is her background in scientific illustration that helps her to present the beauty and the connectedness that she sees in every aspect of the natural universe.  Megan also teaches art classes at Edison Ford, as well as working with the exhibits and furnishings at the historic site.

Elaine Lefebvre, photographer, loves sharing the beauty of the “Paradise Coast” with her spectacular images of wildlife, sunsets, and the beaches.  Her work includes both canvas and paper print.

Doug MacGregor has been a cartoonist for 33 years.  He got his professional start drawing editorial cartoons in Connecticut in 1980.  He was with the Fort Myers News-Press for many years.  Doug is also a graphic designer, artist, children’s book author and illustrator.  Doug teaches cartooning to the young and young at heart.

Jerry McMillan, sculptor and woodcarver, works in a variety of woods carving large totem like garden art as well as finely carved birds and plant life.  Lately he also works with carved walking sticks.

Important local authors Tom Smoot and John Sheppard who have written books that include the Edison and Ford legacy, as well as the history and nature of the region will be available to autograph their books and talk to visitors. 

Various quilters and fiber artists have continued their affiliation with Edison Ford through the years and handcrafts from the Southwest Florida Quilters Association will be available.  Gourmet olives available from Peaches Pepper are sure to please any discerning palate.  Handcrafted scarves and other items from Helen Haver are the perfect gifts for the holidays. 

Featured artists that Edison Ford works closely with will have artwork for sale as well.  Manfred Behr, photographer and artist, enjoys incorporating close-ups of flowers and nature in his large format pieces.  Many of the floral and bird photographs originate at Edison Ford.  His series on the Edison Banyan Tree and Edison Botanic Laboratory reflect an artist’s eye of some important aspects of the Edison Ford site.

Augusta Crane, potter and sculptor, who works with primarily porcelain clay to create decorative sculptures including vases and bowls will have items available.

Karen Flanders, artist and art teacher, has created a style all her own with her brightly stylized dot patterns on everything from handbags to beautiful vases, boxes, and frames.

Artwork from Leoma Lovegrove, artist, who has been involved with Edison Ford for many years as a teacher and is a contemporary ‘impressionist’ painter and a ‘plein air’ artist will be displayed and for sale.