Edison & Ford Artists and Authors Night



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director

Photo attachments: Artists Leoma Lovegrove, Florence Sansom, Marie Dyer and Doug MacGregor will be at Artists and Author’s Night at the Edison Ford, December 18, 2011

One-of-a-kind gifts at Edison Ford Artists and Authors Night
December 18, 2011

Fort Myers, FL(December 16, 2011) One-of-a-kind gifts of gourmet foods, books, paintings, art, crafts and other creations featuring the history and interests of the Edison and Ford families and their winter estates in Fort Myers will be personalized by a group of authors and artists on December 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Edison Caretaker’s House. A variety of chefs will also have samples of their gourmet foods for tasting. Admission is free to the event with a shoppers pass available in the Edison Ford Museum Store.

The group of artists, authors and craftspeople who will be available to discuss and personalize their work includes:

• Leoma Lovegrove, artist, has long been involved with the Edison & Ford Winter Estates creating paintings, unique wearable art and this year she has created a new collection of beautifully painted light bulb ornaments to celebrate the long history of Edison’s incandescent light bulb. Each bulb is an original work of art and is part of the larger collection of Lovegrove’s paintings (some of the Edison and Ford homes), prints, and other items such as painted coconuts and wearable art.

• Artist Florence Keene Sansom and Denege Patterson, author of “Edisonia Native Girl” a collection of Sansom’s paintings and stories about growing up in Southwest Florida. Sansom was born in the Edison Caretaker’s House as the daughter of one of the family’s garden staff. Her work is featured in “The Past in Paintings, the Edison & Ford Era” exhibit in the Edison Caretaker’s House until January 2012.

• Amy Bennett Williams, editor of the Fort Myers News-Press “Tropicalia” magazine and author of the new book “Along the Caloosahatchee River.”

• Artist Megan Kissinger has captured historical plants of the Edison Ford in an historical art form called botanical illustration. Each piece includes the plant, flowers, fruit, seeds and sometimes a bit of the landscape of the homes of Edison and Ford. Botanical illustration is a historical and scientific art form and has been used through the centuries to record the plant, its flowers and fruit. Her work is on exhibit in the Edison Caretaker’s House. Kissinger will be teaching Botanical Illustration classes at the Edison Ford throughout 2012.

• Artist Marie Dyer creates floor cloths, decorative furniture pieces and paintings which feature the flowers and landscapes of tropical Florida. Dyer is also teaching a painted floor cloths workshop in early 2012 at the Edison Ford.

• Photographer Manfred Behr has been featured in exhibits at the Edison Ford. His work includes photographs of tropical plants including orchids, bromeliads and breathtaking vistas of the Florida Everglades. Most recently he photographed the interior of the Edison Botanic Laboratory as a part of restoration of the 1928 building.

• Doug MacGregor, editorial cartoonist, writer, illustrator and painter, featured the Edisons and Fords in many of his drawings and most recently included them in his book “Get Creative, Turn on the Right Side of your Brain.” MacGregor is scheduled to teach several classes on illustration and creativity throughout the coming year at the Edison Ford.

• Author Carlene Brennen, has recently written, “Ultimate Tarpon Book,” with author Randy Wayne White. She will be on hand to personalize the book and talk with visitors about this unique collection of stories of famous fish and personalities who are all part of Southwest Florida’s tarpon fishing history. Brennan and White are also authors of “Randy Wayne White’s Gulf Coast Cookbook: with Memories and Photos of Sanibel Island.” Several recipes from their cookbook will be available for tasting including Key Lime Pie.

• Tom Smoot, author, attorney and former board president of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, book, The Edisons of Ford Myers, is the definitive and highly collectible book about the history of Mina and Thomas Edison in Fort Myers.

• Jane Kirschner-Tuccillo, author, has written a very appropriate book for children of all ages who love this area, called “Annabelle from Sanibel.”

• Charles Scobczak, author, has captured the natural history, animals, and plants of the region in a beautiful nature guide, “Living Sanibel, A Nature Guide to Sanibel and Captiva Islands.”

• Craftswomen will demonstrate the art of knitting and crocheting and will have a variety of wearable items and knitting kits available for purchase.

• Edison Ford horticulturists have put together a variety of tropical and heritage plants that are great for gift giving. They will also be available to answer questions on plant care and gardening in Southwest Florida.

• New Edison Ford Fruit Tea and Mina Edison’s cornflake cookies from the “Edison’s Family and Friends Recipes” cookbook will be available to taste. Samples of traditional tropical jams, jellies, sauces, nuts, honey and oils from local kitchens will also be available for tasting.

Authors and Artists Night will offer visitors a treasure of gifts for all ages to spark the imagination and celebrate the creativity and beauty of Florida. Edison Ford Shop staff can ship items, prepare baskets and make suggestions for one-of-a-kind gifts. Edison Ford members receive 10% off items. For more information visit all three Edison Ford Shops including Creative Cottage on the website: www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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